The rain appears to have finally moved out from the Phoenix area and the Colorado Rockies can dive into their normal spring training routine. Of course, under first-year manager Bud Black, what was the “normal routine” last year has been tweaked to match more of Black’s style.
So what’s been happening in the desert? The entire squad is finally under the same roof at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick so the work needed to be completed before the spring training opener against Arizona on Saturday is in full effect.
Of course, that includes a focus on getting better as a team and gearing up for what will be a tough fight in the National League West.
While the Rockies are getting better in Arizona, you can get better in your knowledge of the team and recent happenings by checking out the three links below.
Speaking of getting better, it’s hard to imagine that All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado has a ton of room for improvement. However, he’s set his eyes on improving his own stats against teams in the National League West.
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In this article from MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, some interesting batting stats are pointed out about Arenado against the division. It shows that there are areas to improve for Arenado. How will he do that? He’s not divulging any secrets, but it’s safe to say there’s a plan and Arenado will be working on it throughout the spring.
These Guys Look Familiar
When Greg Holland chose to come to Colorado as a free agent, it surprised quite a few folks around the country. However, it wasn’t a snap decision. Holland said he did his homework and he says that the Rockies very much remind him of his former team, the Kansas City Royals. That’s a team that had a lot of success with Holland on the mound.
The Rockies are hoping that Holland’s assessment is accurate. He believes it is, and he shares why in this article from USA Today.
Wondering which Rockies are expected to do well in terms of fantasy baseball next season? Check out this article.
One of our biggest head-scratchers of the piece? The part where DJ LeMahieu was called a sleeper pick. If you’re playing in a league where LeMahieu is more of a sleeper than a solid pick, you have to feel pretty good about your chances.