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Potential Impact Prospects for the Colorado Rockies

January 24th, 2015 at 2:33 PM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies have done a lot of losing over the last four seasons. Not good for the fans, but it may end up being good in the long run. Losing nets you high draft picks, and those draft picks turn into highly rated prospects who then turn into (hopefully) productive Major League players. The Rockies have a top-10 farm system in MLB, and some of the prospects that constitute the highly touted status of said farm system should be ready to make their big league debuts in 2015. Many will come and go like every season, but some could end up making an impact for the Rockies.

The first name on the list is actually a bit of a cheat. Eddie Butler probably doesn't qualify as a prospect anymore, making three starts last season and being all but guaranteed a roster spot when the regular season starts. Even so, he'll only be 24 when the season starts and will be entering his first full season in the bigs, so he's getting counted. If he shows the stuff that got him to the majors in two-and-a-half years, he'll be a solid contributor in purple and black.

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Wilin Rosario Will not Be Traded

January 22nd, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

In a completely and utterly shocking decision, the Colorado Rockies have decided to do nothing with catcher Wilin Rosario. That's right, in an offseason of doing nothing, the team keeps right on doing nothing. At least they're consistent, right? Plenty of trade speculation has surrounded the big Venezuelan even before the Rox signed catcher Nick Hundley to a two year deal, but the team is seemingly unwilling to part with him. There was some interest, but the Rockies decided to play it extremely close to the vest and keep him around.

Instead of trading the less-than-dependable backstop and getting back some much needed pitching help, the Rockies value his bat too much to move. They'll give Wilin some run at first base as well as right field, because, you know, the Rox don't have enough offensive production from either of those positions.

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Carlos Gonzalez is on the Mend

January 21st, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

One of the biggest problems with last season's version of the Colorado Rockies was their health. Player after player succumbed to the injury bug in 2014, resulting in the team limping to a 66-96 record. A blow has been struck in the name of health, though, as star slugger Carlos Gonzalez is on the mend once again.

CarGo only managed to play in 70 games last season, his worst mark since becoming a regular starter in 2010. He hit only .238 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI, a far cry from his All-Star numbers of the two previous seasons. An attempted move to right field didn't pan out, either, although he should be making the move permanent in 2015. His canon of a left arm profiles as a right fielder, and most ballparks demand an athletic number nine, something CarGo excels at when he's healthy.

But after the struggles and injuries of last year, Gonzalez appears to be back in the saddle. Wilmer Reina reported last night that Carlos Gonzalez took swings today at Coors Field. In attendance to watch the performance was manager Walt Weiss, general manager Jeff Bridich and head trainer Keith Dugger. Now, CarGo will head to Vail to meet with Dr. Thomas Hackett, who performed the surgery on his knee. If all goes well, Gonzalez can return to full baseball activities, if not at 100 percent.

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Will Fan Support Drop for the Colorado Rockies?

January 20th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Throughout the franchise history of the Colorado Rockies, they have been to the playoffs only three times. Still, though, loyal Rockies fans turn out in the thousands to watch their club. Watching their club has been rough going lately, as the Rockies have consistently been in the bottom two of the NL West for the past four seasons. Regardless of that fact, though, Coors Field is one of the very best places in the country to watch baseball and the Rockies always rank among the top teams in regards to attendance. But can it last? Will all the losing and this offseason of inactivity finally drive away the fans or will they persevere?

The Rockies averaged over 33,000 fans in attendance at home games last year. Over two-and-a-half million fans came to watch the Rox in 2014, ranking fifth best in the NL and tenth best in the whole of the Major Leagues.

While the baseball at Coors Field wasn't terrible — the Rockies went 45-36 at home last year — it was obvious that the team was going nowhere by late June. So, for the fans to keep showing up is a testament to what a great sports city Denver is. And what a great experience catching a game at 20th and Blake truly is.

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Who are the Early NL Favorites in 2015?

January 19th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Now that there is only one big free agent chip left on the market, most teams in the MLB will look very similar to the way they do now when Opening Day rolls around in April. Knowing that there will likely still be mostly minor moves to be made by most of the NL squads, this is a very early article as to which team should be considered favorites for the 2015 season.

Starting with a worst to first team would be the Chicago Cubs. Already making up ground in the NL Central, the Cubs went out and picked up Jon Lester and Jason Hammel. The additions of Miguel Montero and Jason Motte aren't bad either. The offense of the Cubs was making some serious strides with the likes of Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro. Now rumored to be one of the teams inquiring about the Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon, the Cubs are certainly one of the teams to watch next season.

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