During the All-Star break last season, Trevor Irvine looked at how the Colorado Rockies lineup might shake out heading into the 2017 season. Now that we’re in the offseason, let’s take a look at a projected Rockies lineup.
Here’s a spoiler alert: It looks pretty darn good.
In Trevor’s article at the All-Star break, here’s how he had the Rockies lineup in 2017…
- Center Fielder Charlie Blackmon
- Second Baseman DJ LeMahieu
- Third Baseman Nolan Arenado
- Shortstop Trevor Story
- Left Fielder Gerardo Parra
- Right Fielder David Dahl
- First Baseman Ryan McMahon
- Catcher Tony Wolters
Here are the tweaks I would make to the lineup…
- Blackmon (CF)
- LeMahieu (2B)
- Arenado (3B)
- Carlos Gonzalez (RF)
- Story (SS)
- First baseman
- Dahl (LF)
- Wolters (C)
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It’s an interesting lineup that could get even more interesting depending on who is playing first base for the Rockies next season. Will the Rockies re-sign Mark Reynolds? What about Matt Holliday? Is Mark Trumbo an option? Could CarGo move to first base and open up a spot for Gerardo Parra to start in right field?
I believe that finding the solution at first base will be one of the major keys to Colorado’s offseason. The solution could already be there with a Reynolds one-year deal or CarGo making the switch.
Of course, another key to the offseason is revamping the Colorado bullpen. We know some moves have been made to start the process. There will be plenty more to come.
Speaking of CarGo
When you read James Keating’s list of the top five right fielders in Colorado history, some of you may wonder where Gonzalez is on that list. Well, he’s actually on the top five left fielders list. The reason? Part of the criteria in our selections was the majority of innings played at a position, so CarGo finds himself in left field in our rankings.
Bichette gets the call
He will be part of the 2017 class that includes former Denver Bronco Champ Bailey, world-class Olympic skier and former University of Colorado and NFL football player Jeremy Bloom, world-famous squash player Hashim Kahn, renowned high school football player and high school swimming and diving coach Maurice “Stringy” Ervin, and University of Colorado All-American and Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins star lineman John B. Wooten.
Bichette, who hits homers in both Colorado’s first-ever game and inaugural game at Coors Field, joins former Rockie players Vinny Castilla, Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker and Todd Helton in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.