And so the calendar turns and all 32 Major League teams look to the off-season. It’s time to prime for the Hot Stove, daydream about free agent signings and trades, and start to prepare for a long cold winter.
With that, here’s what is happening with the Colorado Rockies right now:
Carlos Gonzalez knows defense. He’s so good he uses strategy in the outfield, conjuring images of former Rockies’ great Larry Walker. Walker did everything well defensively, but perhaps his best move was when he would trick runners from taking an extra base. Walker would pretend to camp under a fly ball with a runner at first base. Then at the last minute, he would turn as it ricocheted off the wall. Duped, the runner would only make it to second base.
“Gonzalez does something similar, a tactic he revisited during Wednesday’s conference call following his third Rawlings Gold Glove honor.”
Rockies first base prospect Kyle Parker doubled twice and scored a run and minor league infielder Cristhian Adames added a triple, a walk and two RBI in the Salt River Rafters’ 12-6 loss to the Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League play on Wednesday.
“Parker also had an RBI hit in the Rafters’ win on Tuesday and now boasts a SLG-heavy OPS of .757 in 57 AFL at-bats. Over the last 10 games, the 24-year-old slugger is hitting .293/.326/.537, but could use some better patience at the plate; he’s struck out 11 times and walked only once in that span.”
“With Todd Helton retired, it looks like Michael Cuddyer will move in to play first base, with some combination of Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson currently slated to play right field. The team likely won’t be able to spend the money to land someone like Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo, but Nelson Cruz may be a fit, and he could put up some monster numbers in Coors Field.”
From Tracy Ringolsby (via Twitter):
— Tracy Ringolsby (@TracyRingolsby) October 31, 2013