April 14, 2009

Spilborghs off to rock-solid start to season

April 14, 2009

Patrick, Saunders The Denver Post

Ryan Spilborghs had seats near the stage for Friday night's Bruce Springsteen concert at the Pepsi Center.

"Man, he rocked the roof off that place," Spilborghs said. "He was amazing."

The same could be said for Spilborghs' strong start with the Rockies. The versatile outfielder is hitting .318 with five doubles in five games. Spilborghs has started in center and left and hit in spots one through three in the lineup.

The secret to his early success?

"I think it's just because I'm trying to be myself and not trying to fit a leadoff role or a prototype or anything," he said. "One of the things we stress in this clubhouse is bring what you bring and be who you are. I just run with that. I'm not going to be anybody other than myself. I think that's pretty decent."

No one with the Rockies played better in spring training than Spilborghs, who led the club with five homers and 21 RBIs. So far, at least, he's proving that his Cactus League performance was no desert mirage.

"It started for him at the end of last season with his exit interview," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It was about what he was going to focus on and what he could do better. He's backed up what he had to say with action."