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Morning Links: Rockies News 1/27

The end of the off-season is slowly starting to creep into sight. Pitchers and catchers will report soon, and we will be able to start actually getting our hopes up like fools for the 2014 season.

The Colorado Rockies mostly have their affairs in order, though some minor moves might still be in the works before Spring Training. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies.

From Shaun P Kernahan: Colorado Rockies 2014 Top 15 Prospects (Grading on the Curve)

The Colorado Rockies farm system has some star power, and has guys that are future role players in the big leagues.  They have talent spread out through the low and high minors, so their system should be good for a number of years.  They have as good a combo of pitchers as any team at the top of their prospect list.”

From Troy Renck: Call this winter a success for Colorado Rockies start Troy Tulowitzki (Denver Post)

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has taken the reverse approach. He lives in Las Vegas during the offseason to avoid the spotlight. He’s tucked away in a suburb where he can focus and train without interruption…

“…The contrasts from a year ago are striking. Fifteen months ago, he had just 60 percent strength in his left leg after June groin surgery. He spent more time in physical therapy than working out.”

From Mike Rosenbaum: Colorado Rockies’ Top 10 Prospects for 2014 (Bleacher Report)

The arrival of Colorado’s youth movement during the 2014 season has the potential to transform the team’s already promising starting rotation in to one of the best in the National League.

“Flame-throwing right-hander Jonathan Gray, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, should move quickly next year, opening the season at Double-A Tulsa before reaching the majors ahead of schedule.”

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