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Can Atkins Turn It Around?

Published by on May 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

In the 2000 amateur draft, the Colorado Rockies selected UCLA first baseman Garrett Atkins in the fifth round.

With Todd Helton firmly entrenched at that position for the Rockies, Atkins converted to third base in AA in 2002 and continued there in AAA before being getting called up early in the 2005 season. He went on to finish fourth in the Rookie-of-the-Year voting that year after posting a .287/.347/.426 batting line with 13 HR and 87 RBI in 519 ABs.

The improvement continued into 2006, with Atkins posting .329/.409/.556. He tallied 29 HR and 120 RBI that year as well as 79 BBs versus 76 SOs and 48 doubles, propelling him to a 15th place finish in the MVP voting at season's end.

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