DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki spent most of last season off the field and on the disabled list, but the statistical analysts at MLB Network haven't forgotten him.
The network announced that Tulowitzki will be ranked and featured on the "Top 10 Right Now: Shortstops" show, which premieres Friday at 8 p.m. MT. The actual ranking will be revealed then. Last year, Tulowitzki was ranked No. 1.
Tulowitzki won Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards in 2010 and 2011, and was generally considered the top active two-way shortstop. However, last year he suffered a left groin injury in the season's first series, struggled at the plate and defensively, and left the lineup for good on May 31. He underwent surgery to remove scar tissue from the groin in June, and finished the year with a .287 batting average, eight home runs and 27 RBIs in just 47 games played.
MLB Network's "Top 10 Right Now: Shortstops" is hosted by Brian Kenny. Rankings are determined by "The Shredder," which is the network's tool for using statistical analysis to measure performance. Renowned author and statistical analyst Bill James and MLB Network analyst and former shortstop Larry Bowa also will reveal their lists of the top 10 shortstops in baseball.<p/>
The "Top 10 Right Now" series ends next Friday with "Top 10 Right Now: Managers." Then MLB Network will begin its countdown of the players ranked in the "Top 100 Right Now."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less