Colorado Rockies: Early prediction of 2017 postseason roster

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 03: Manager Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies watches his team play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning at Coors Field on September 3, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Arizona 5-1. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 03: Manager Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies watches his team play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning at Coors Field on September 3, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Arizona 5-1. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 18: Jonathan Lucroy #21 and German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies have a word on the mound as Marquez is relieved after making two outs in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on August 18, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 18: Jonathan Lucroy #21 and German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies have a word on the mound as Marquez is relieved after making two outs in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on August 18, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Catchers (2) – Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Hanigan

Lucroy was one of Colorado’s biggest acquisitions at the trade deadline and has done well behind the plate. The second catcher to join him in the offseason, however, will be a bit of a question mark. The Rockies tipped their hand after Lucroy was acquired by sending Tony Wolters to Triple-A. They showed that they liked having two veteran catchers to handle their young pitching staff. We believe that will continue when the games matter most in October.

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There is a caveat here, however. Hanigan has been dealing with a groin injury and, as of the start of Colorado’s key series at Chavez Ravine against the Los Angeles Dodgers, had yet to see action in a game since August 20. If he doesn’t fully recover from that injury, Wolters would get the call.

Note: Hanigan was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday’s game against the Dodgers.

Wolters being behind the plate also means that, if worse comes to worse, the former infielder turned catcher could play some middle infield. We know the Rockies like versatility and Wolters would provide that. It would be a surprise, but it’s still a possibility.

Infielders (6) – Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, DJ LeMahieu, Mark Reynolds, Alexi Amarista, Pat Valaika

Outfielders (4) – Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, Gerardo Parra, Ian Desmond

Yes, the Rockies will return to having a four-man bench. That likely means in a postseason game that Parra/Reynolds/Desmond would be on the bench in addition to Amarista, Valaika and the second catcher.

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