Colvin starting to prove he belongs

Colvin starting to prove he belongs

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Tyler Colvin has gone from a reclamation project to a Rockies weapon.

Colvin struck out twice and went 0-for-3 Monday but is at .385 this spring and has secured an Opening Day roster spot. He had the team made before Sunday's two-homer, six-RBI performance against the Indians, but that performance left no doubt.

Colvin bottomed out to a .150 batting average for the Cubs last season. The Rockies acquired him and infielder DJ LeMahieu for third baseman Ian Stewart and right-handed reliever Casey Weathers in December. The Rockies brought Colvin to Denver in December to work on his swing, and the results are showing.

Gone is the pull-conscious swing that led to groundballs and slumps last year. Colvin's first homer Sunday, to dead-center against the Indians' Ubaldo Jimenez, was an example of what can happen with a proper swing. Colvin hit 20 home runs as a rookie in 2010, and last year created bad habits by trying to force power.

"With the swing he's got right now, when you see him hit a ball like the first home run yesterday, I don't think you have to reach anymore, do you?" Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Colvin said, "It feels good and the season is getting close, so I'm excited. I definitely feel like myself. I knew it wasn't going to take much, just try to focus on doing what I do well."