Rockies Tyler Colvin enjoying time off back in North Augusta

Tyler Colvin
Tyler Colvin
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Tuesday July 10, 2012

North Augusta, SC--It's the All Star break for major league baseball...While some are still working at the All Star game, many guys have headed home for a few days of rest and relaxation. One of those, current Colorado Rockie and North Augusta product Tyler Colvin.

Colvin enjoying some days off to do a little fishing, his other passion besides baseball. On the diamond, you'd be hard pressed to find a guy hotter in the big league's then Colvin over the past week and a half. It's been a major turnaround for a guy who struggled last year in Chicago and was sent down to Triple A during the season. He learned a lot from that experience and doesn't want that taste in his mouth again.

"It's good to have an approach up there and just trying not to do too much is the big key" said Tyler Colvin "Last year I tried to do a lot and obviously it didn't work and this year I've gone back to staying the same and hitting the ball easy the other way"

Now in his third year he's hitting 305 with 13 homers and 40 runs batted in. Wasn't getting a lot of playing time with the Rockies early on but when he did get in, he made the most of it. A few injuries as of late have Colvin as an every day player and he's taken advantage of it. No longer is he swinging for the fences as he's becoming a professional hitter instead.

"I think it's good to do your homework and know what to expect and I think that's helped me out a lot. It's good to have a fresh start, its one of those things where hitting wise I just wanted to focus on going the other way and I think that's been the biggest thing for me this year."

Those homers are still coming though and he has 10 since early june, which is third most in the bigs. With Todd Helton nursing an injury at first base, Colvin could see more playing time on the infield. If he continues to hit this way, it's going to be tough to keep his bat out of the Colorado lineup.