Tyler Eugene Colvin
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- School Clemson University
- High School North Augusta High School
- Debut September 21, 2009
Outfielder Tyler Colvin was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Antonio Grissom for $1.475 million and made his pro debut that year with the Boise Hawks, hitting .268 with 11 homers and 53 RBIs in 64 games. He was 0 for 5 and struck out 3 times in the 2007 Baseball World Cup as the backup right fielder to Justin Ruggiano.
Colvin made his major league debut with the Cubs at the tail end of the 2009 season, being called up after controversial outfielder Milton Bradley was suspended for the remainder of the year. Playing centerfield, Colvin obtained a hit in each of his first two starts against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a quasi-regular as a rookie in 2010, playing 111 games in the outfield, although he shared those games between all three outfield positions. He showed good power, hitting 18 doubles, 5 triples and 20 homers in 358 at bats, for a batting line of .254/.316/.500, but his season ended early, on September 19th, when he was hit in the chest by a fragment of teammate Welington Castillo's shattered bat while standing in the on-deck circle. He suffered a punctured lung.
Colvin struggled mightily in his sophomore season in 2011, batting a measly .150 in 80 games. He showed a bit of the previous year's power, with 8 doubles and 6 homers, but overall he was a major disappointment, as he had been counted on to be the team's right fielder for years to come. After the season, the Cubs decided to trade him to the Colorado Rockies in a four-player deal that brought a very similar player to Chicago in 3B Ian Stewart, himself coming off a .156 season. Also part of the deal were IF D.J. LeMahieu, heading to the Rockies, and P Casey Weathers, who headed to Chicago.
Colvin made an excellent comeback in his first season with the Rockies in 2012, as he hit .290 in 136 games, with 27 doubles, 10 triples and 18 homers. His OPS+ was 114, and right field was his most common position, although he also saw playing time at the two other outfield spots and at first base. Just when he seemed to have put his career back on track, however, 2013 was a disaster, as he fell to .160, striking out 27 times in 75 at-bats, with 3 homers and 10 RBI in 27 games. He was demoted to the AAA Colorado Springs SkySox, where he hit .275 with 9 homers and 32 RBIs in 67 games, mediocre results as he was playing in a very hitter-friendly home park. He was also injured for part of the year, victim of back tightness.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2010)