The first installment of our ranking of the Colorado Rockies includes young guys adding depth to the roster, both in the rotation and in the field. We also give a shoutout to a player who will likely make not only the 40-man roster but be part of the opening day 25-man roster.
As a note, we compiled this list by asking each of our six contributors to Rox Pile to rank each member of Colorado’s 40-man roster from 1-40. To reach our final standings, we combined the points to see who fit where. The more points, the lower the ranking.
Without further delay, let’s dive in.
Mark Reynolds (not currently on 40-man roster)
Reynolds, 33, was recently signed by the Rockies to a one-year minor league contract with a spring training invite a couple of weeks ago. He is not currently part of the 40-man roster but if he is able to prove himself worthy in spring training, he will likely be added at the expense of one of the other guys.
Personally, I don’t see a way that Reynolds isn’t on the 25-man roster for opening day in Milwaukee. He was very successful in 2016 before suffering a broken hamate bone in early August. Prior to the injury, Reynolds was putting together a solid campaign as the Rockies primary first baseman. He was slashing .283/.354/.446. His improved ability to get on base came at expense of his home run numbers as he hit just 14 over 118 games. Reynolds impressed many with his defensive play, which earned rave reviews from his fellow infielders.
We love the Mark Reynolds signing by the Rockies, and he seems likely to be a big contributor for the major league team this year. I expect him to start around 70 games filling in at first base when Ian Desmond needs a day off or is filling in at another position. Reynolds gives the Rockies the versatility to keep solid bats throughout the lineup as well as a good option for late inning at bats as a pinch hitter. I think his slash line will be similar to in 2016 and break double digits in home runs once again.