He may not be the best rookie on his team, but Tyler Colvin has a great shot at breaking Billy Williams' 49-year-old Cubs rookie home run record. If Colvin avoids injury, plays regularly, and continues to hit home runs at his current frequency, the mark will belong to him.
On Tuesday, Colvin went deep for the 19th time this season to equal Ernie Banks' 1954 rookie total.
WGN Sports executive producer Bob Vorwald points out on his Chicago Now Chicago Baseball Stories blog that Colvin's home run total has come in just 302 at-bats - one every 15.9 ABs. That frequency is well ahead of the paces of Williams (21.2), Moryn (23.0), and Soto (21.5). If Colvin had enough at-bats to qualify for the National League batting championship, he would rank fifth in the league in homers.
It calls to mind our early-season gripe regarding the lack of playing time that Colvin was getting from Lou Piniella.
Colvin reportedly was taking infield practice at Wrigley Field last week and Piniella was planning on giving him some playing time at first base beginning with the Washington series. Of course, Mike Quade took over as manager, and Colvin never did play first base against the Nationals. He started in right field at Cincinnati on Friday night.
Does Quade have different ideas regarding Colvin's future position? I don't understand how an infield trial could hurt the Cubs or Colvin. I would like to see him get that chance.