While there were some great moments last season for the Colorado Rockies and some players who had incredible years (we’re looking at you, DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado), there were others who, shall we say, left a little something to be desired.
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However, that was then and this is now. With new manager Bud Black in place and the versatile Ian Desmond ready to take over at first base, there is a sense of optimism surrounding the team. There’s a real belief that this could be the year the Rockies return to the postseason for the first time since 2009.
But it’s going to take more than new blood and the annual stellar performance from Arenado to get the Rockies deep into October. It’s also going to take some players stepping up like they never have before in a Rockies uniform.
To that end, we’ve identified three players who not only should have “bounce back” seasons in 2017, but also need to have solid seasons for the Rockies to move into the playoffs.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the three members of the Colorado Rockies we’ve identified as players whose 2017 seasons will be a significant improvement over 2016.