CarGo arrives, thrives as Rockies outfielder |

CarGo arrives, thrives as Rockies outfielder

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez makes great plays. But he’s not a great player. Not yet, anyway.

Gonzalez is a microcosm of his team: talented, and poised to turn potential into lasting promise.

“I have a lot more confidence entering spring training,” Gonzalez said. “Before, all you ever heard about me were the expectations, because I had never done anything at this level. Well, now I know I can play here.”

Gonzalez, 24, was a breakout player for the Rockies last year after the all-star break. He hit .320 with 11 home runs in 194 at-bats. He showed in the playoffs the ability to be a takeover player, a guy who can carry a team.

While many Rockies were stifled by the Phillies’ pitching in the National

League division series, Gonzalez went 10-for-17 and had a .632 on-base percentage. He’s always had talent. Agent Scott Boras compares him to Carlos Beltran, the Mets’ all-star center fielder.

So what is the key for CarGo to become more than a mesmerizing highlight? For him to morph into a 25-home run, 80-RBI player?

“I have to bring the same focus and intensity every night,” Gonzalez said. “When I first got called up (last June), I was very anxious. I was trying way too hard. In the playoffs, I didn’t expect to get 10 hits, I was just having fun. I realized afterward what I did and how I did it.”

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