One of my guilty pleasures for online reading is “where are they now” type posts. I love to click on posts that show what people who stared in my favorite shows as a kid are doing now. I don’t really know why, because if they did anything noteworthy, I would already know about it. If they didn’t, then what is the point in knowing? Still, I like them. It got me thinking about past Cubs and I decided to make a series out of it. Every now and then, we’ll take a look at some former names to see what they’re up to now.
Tyler Colvin was a player that I really enjoyed following from the time he was drafted to the time he left the organization. He was a guy I had planted a flag on as believing in.
HOW ACQUIRED – Colvin was drafted by the Cubs 13th overall in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft and was immediately looked at as a guy who was picked higher than he should have been simply because the Cubs could sign him for less money and use the excess funds to sign Jeff Samardzija who was selected in the 5th round that particular round due to the fact that he had not fully committed to a baseball career. That doubt caused him to fall despite the first round talent he possessed. Money was needed to give him the big league deal that would cause him to commit. By drafting Colvin and signing him to a smaller than market signing bonus in the first round, it caused him to forever have the stigma that he wasn’t really first round talent.
TIME WITH THE CUBS – Colvin would play in the minors for the Cubs from 2006 – 2009 before being called up very late in September of 2009. He started the first game of big league time he saw and went 1-for-3 with a single and a sacrifice fly. 2010 saw Colvin battling for time and never really getting a good shot to start on a consistent, every day, basis. He slugged a very respectable 20 home runs and finished with an OPS+ of 113 despite finishing the season on the disabled list after being hit by a shard of broken bat on his way home after Wellington Castillo doubled him home. The shard would puncture his lung and, in my opinion, end his career as a Cub. 2011 saw a different player. The development regressed dramatically, I believe, due to the mental recovering that needed to take place after the incident the previous year. He would again split time in the outfield, but this time perform extremely poor.
HOW HE LEFT – The end of the 2011 season saw the end of the Cubs career for Aramis Ramirez, which opened up a hole at third base as wide as the one that was left when Santo vacated the position. With Josh Vitters not deemed to be ready to take over his heir apparent position, Theo and Jed set out to find a filler and stumbled upon Ian Stewart who, like Colvin, had worn out his welcome and was on the trade block. Both players had drastically underperformed and were considered expendable. On December 8, 2011, Colvin was traded along with DJ LeMahieu to the Colorado Rockies for Casey Weathers and Stewart.
WHERE IS HE NOW? – The 2012 season was a rebirth for the Colvin career. Given 450 at bats for the first time in a big league season, he hit .290 / .327 / .531 with 18 home runs (55 xbh total). It appeared that not only was the trade deemed a complete and utter flop for the Cubs, but that Colvin had finally figured things out. Unfortunately, a poor spring training cause the Rockies to make a rather rash move and start him in AAA. He was recalled by the Rockies on Saturday and is now with the big league team.