Early Guesses At The Colorado Rockies’ 2016 Starting Rotation
Mar 1, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher T. Anderson poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Freeland — just like the other two men on this slide — won’t likely be up in Denver in 2016, but I suppose you never know depending on their minor league development.
The lefty is throwing well in class-A Advanced Modesto right now, and will see a lot of time in AA next year, so he’s not too far away from the Rockies.
Anderson lost a season this year due to a shoulder injury, which is really unfortunate considering how well he did at AA Tulsa in 2014.
If he can regain health and form in 2016, considering he’ll like spend his time between AA and AAA, Anderson may enter the conversation for a starting spot in Denver by the end of next year.
It’s difficult to put a timetable on Musgrave (and a few others who have thrown well between high-A and AA this year), only because they weren’t as high-profile prospects as Gray and Butler, and now Freeland and Anderson. But Musgrave’s success in the rotations at Modesto and New Britain this year is difficult to ignore.
Considering he’ll at least start the season in AA next year, if not get a few chances with Albuquerque, it’d be dumb to forget about him by next August or September, though as with Anderson and Freeland, his chances of starting games in Denver in 2016 are certainly tiny.
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