Chicago Cubs: Remembering the worst performances of the decade
Chicago Cubs: Tyler Colvin in 2011
As mentioned previously in another article on overlooked performances of the past decade, Tyler Colvin was great for the Chicago Cubs in 2010 as a rookie. The Cubs selected the left-handed hitting outfielder in the first round (13th overall) of the 2006 draft. In 2010, Colvin slugged 20 home runs and drove in 56 while putting up a solid OPS of .818. It looked like the team might have a star in the making.
Yet for whatever Colvin was doing right in 2010, his stroke disappeared the following season. In 206 at-bats, he hit a miserable .150 with just six home runs; his OPS plummeted all the way to .509. His OPS+, which was 113 in 2010, fell to just 38 the following year.
The Cubs gave up on Colvin after the 2011 season, sending him to the Colorado Rockies along with future star DJ LeMahieu. Colvin rebounded to have a great 2012 but quickly faded afterward.
Chicago Cubs: Casey Coleman in 2011
Casey Coleman was another member of that 2011 team who showed some promise in 2010 but didn’t live up to it in 2011. In 2010, Coleman pitched 57 innings between starting and relieving and posted a decent 4.11 ERA.
The right-hander was in and out of the rotation in 2011 and had a few good starts but overall did not pitch well. In 19 appearances, including 17 starts, he put up a 6.40 ERA. In nine of the 17 starts, he gave up at least four earned runs. Walks were a problem, as he allowed 46 free passes in 84 1/3 innings.
Coleman saw some action with the team again in 2012 and last pitched in the majors for the Kansas City Royals in 2014.