"“We have to use our whole bench. We have the ability to move guys around. (Gerardo) Parra is one of those guys. You’ve seen him play first here last year with the Rockies. You’ve seen him play right, center and left. The versatility he brings is big for us. Same with Lexi (Alexi Amarista). You saw him get a start at second. You see him in left today. You’ve seen (Stephen) Cardullo get some starts. You saw (Cristhian) Adames start at shortstop to give Trevor (Story) a break. We like the versatility of our group. We think it’s advantageous for us.”"
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Facts Behind the Quote: Rockies fans may not be thrilled when they see Parra’s name at first base like was the case for Wednesday’s game against San Diego. However, it won’t be the last time you see it this season.
Colorado’s 2017 roster was built around a key word you will hear Black say often … versatility. The Rockies like having a number of guys who can play a number of positions on the roster. It was one of the things Colorado liked most about bringing Ian Desmond on board to be their first baseman. It was one of the reasons why Amarista was a surprise signing in the eyes of many teams, but not in the eyes of Black, who knew his versatility and ability from their days together in San Diego.
Don’t be surprised to see a lot of movement around the diamond from several Rockies players this season. It will be a season-long trend.