2. Jordan Lyles – Right-Handed Pitcher
Lyles, who was unfairly rushed to the majors by the Astros organization, sustained a toe injury last year that limited him to only 49 innings pitched. Although he logged twice as many starts in 2014, Jordan’s 2014 season was also cut short by a broken bone in his non-pitching hand. Over two total seasons with Rockies, Lyles has amassed a respectable 4.56 ERA despite an inconsistent and injury plagued 2015 campaign that saw him post an ERA above five.
Like Chatwood, there is reason for optimism for Lyles in 2016. Jordan is only 25, but already has 5 major league seasons under his belt and is just now entering his prime. In conjunction, a clean bill of health suggests Jordan will make strides in 2016. Last month the Rockies front office signed Jordan to a one-year, 2.47 million dollar contract; allowing both parties to avoid arbitration. Now that contract issues are out of the way, Lyles can focus on being an impact starter for Colorado’s staff this spring.