Colorado Rockies: Predicting 2017 Individual Awards and Honors
By Tim Engquist
Best Starting Pitcher: Jon Gray. I think that 2017 will be the year that Gray emerges as a true ace, not only in the Rockies rotation but in major league baseball. He will be the player that finally proves the Rockies can draft and develop pitchers but also that Coors Field can be conquered. After falling just short of 10 strikeouts per 9 innings in 2016, I think Gray will improve on this number in 2017.
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Best Relief Pitcher: Greg Holland. This is hopefully an easy pick. Holland has been lights out in the first week of the season, racking up 4 saves already. He has faced only 12 batters to accrue 12 outs. If he can build on this start and provide the Rockies with a lights out closer, he could be the difference for a team on the brink of contending.
Rookie of the Year: Antonio Senzatela. One of the Rockies top pitching prospects going into 2016, Senzatela missed most of the season with an injury but came to spring training ready to earn a spot in the rotation in 2017.
That is just what he did and he came out and impressed in his debut against the Brewers. In five innings, Senzatela allowed only two hits to go along with three walks and six strikeouts, making a strong statement in his major league debut. I think he has the stuff to not only stick in the rotation through the season but emerge as one of the best rookies in the league.
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I think if all of these predictions come true, the Rockies will be in a good place to make the playoffs. My belief is the Rockies will be the first wild card team in the National League and Coors Field will get another magical “play-in” game win … just like 10 years ago. Happy baseball everyone!