Colorado Rockies Make First Roster Cuts
The Colorado Rockies have made their first roster cuts today, shrinking the major league roster by nine. They’ve sent right-handed pitchers Matt Carasiti and Jeff Hoffman, left-handed pitchers Kyle Freeland and Harrison Musgrave, catchers Dom Nunez and Will Swanner, infielder Ryan McMahon, and outfielders David Dahl and Rosell Herrera. They have been reassigned to the Rockies’ minor league camp.
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All nine of these players were invited to major league camp for one reason; to give them a taste of working with the major league squad. All nine of these players figure to factor into the future of the club and experiencing Spring Training with the established veterans has to be an invaluable experience. It is a bit surprising that Dahl is on this list considering he was in camp last year and was off to a torrid start, but he still has areas of improvement to address. Hoffman and Freeland are both coming off injury-filled seasons and, despite showing their raw talent in their appearances so far, the Rockies are going to take their time with these two. They both have bright futures for the Rockies if they can stay healthy and that’s the team’s main concern.
They Rockies have elected to leave pitchers Sam Moll, Tyler Anderson, German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela and Carlos Estevez and outfielders, Mike Tauchman, Raimel Tapia and Noel Cuevas in major league camp for now. Tapia, who is leading the team in hits along with Mark Reynolds and Nolan Arenado, is showing that he truly can hit anywhere he goes. Anderson, Marquez and Senzatela are all intriguing starting pitching prospects that have been impressive so far this spring. Estevez has the best shot at making the Opening Day roster, especially if he continues to dominate the competition.
All of these players will be likely be sent to minor league camp, but will be in purple pinstripes soon enough.
Next: First Base Battle: Week One
As Spring Training rolls on and players fight for their spot on the 25-man roster, Rox Pile is committed to providing you with up-to-date looks at the state of each position from Colorado Rockies camp. On Monday, we published our first look at the shortstop situation and on Wednesday we examined the key outfielders. Today, we’ll look at the first base competition.