More accurately, this would be ‘last week’ in Colorado Rockies home runs, so let’s get right to business and enjoy the round-trippers that mattered as the Rockies play their final Spring Training games before the start of the regular season.
3. Another Wilin Rosario home run, because why not?
The highlight below shows us nothing we didn’t already know about Rosario’s power, and it’s not as if his roster spot is in doubt. There might not be a lot of analysis to offer in this case, but it sure is fun to watch.
2. Brandon Barnes: seriously, you better get used to having this guy around
I honestly believed Barnes was an afterthought entering Spring Training. Now he is considered a lock to make the 25 man roster after a successful spring in terms of his performance on the field as well as the impression he has made on manager Walt Weiss.
Enjoy this home run, and get used to having this guy around.
3. Charlie Blackmon makes a statement
But will it be enough? It’s starting to feel more and more like Blackmon is caught in the middle: of all candidates he is probably the most capable of playing center field everyday, as he hits left-handed pitching just fine and plays steady defense. The problem is, he does not offer the potential upside of a Drew Stubbs/Corey Dickerson platoon and he knows that Barnes has already reserved his seat as a role player.
This is going to come down to Blackmon and Dickerson. Most likely this means the Rockies will either keep Dickerson and try to trade Blackmon or keep Blackmon and send Dickerson to Triple-A to be an overqualified member of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Technically the team can send Blackmon to Triple-A but one gets the impression that is unlikely given the amount of experience he already has at the big league level.
Anyway, that home run. Here is Blackmon’s walk-off shot.