Colorado Rockies: Re-ranking Colorado’s 40-man roster

DENVER, CO - JUNE 17: Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on June 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 17: Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on June 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – MAY 26: Pitcher Jordan Lyles #24 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the ninth inning against the St Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on May 26, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – MAY 26: Pitcher Jordan Lyles #24 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the ninth inning against the St Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on May 26, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

30. Jordan Lyles

Preseason: 29

What to do with Jordan Lyles? He may not be on Colorado’s 40-man roster much longer, especially with Tyler Anderson and Chad Bettis coming off the disabled list soon. A 6.45 ERA this season seems to be the capper of a frustrating time for Lyles with the Rockies.

Opponents are currently hitting a career-high .298 against him this season. The writing seems to be on the wall for Lyles and the Rockies, who will have stronger options in the bullpen soon enough (through trade or attrition from what will be a packed rotation).

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29. Tom Murphy

Preseason: 15

You can file Murphy’s season so far right along with David Dahl’s. Much was expected of Murphy this season, but a broken forearm in spring training derailed much of the excitement.

When Murphy did come back, he went just 1-for-20 before being sent to Triple-A.

Murphy has plenty of potential, but will need to prove himself again before getting another shot with the Rockies.

28. Carlos Estevez

Preseason: 20

Here’s a statistic you probably would not have predicted before the season either: Carlos Estevez with a 4-0 mark and an ERA of 8.10. Yikes.

The 24-year-old right-hander has so much potential but hasn’t been the same since being pulled from Colorado’s closing role after two devastating blown saves last August.

27. Mike Tauchman

Preseason: NA

Tuchman got to taste big league life during his recent call-up. Like Jordan Patterson, though, is there room for him in Colorado’s outfield in the near future? He has the talent and has shown good patience at the plate against Major League pitchers (three walks in 12 trips to the plate).

26. Chad Bettis

Preseason: 13

Absolutely the best story of the season is still unfolding when it comes to Bettis, who has battled cancer and made it through chemotherapy. He’ll be pitching for Double-A Hartford right after the break and is focused on getting back on the mound in Denver. When he returns, it’s going to be one of the most emotional moments of the season … and quite possibly in franchise history.

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