Colorado Rockies: The most surprising players of the 2017 season

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PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Manager Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies (center) and bench coach Mike Redmond #11 watch the action during the first inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Manager Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies (center) and bench coach Mike Redmond #11 watch the action during the first inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Manager Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies (center) and bench coach Mike Redmond #11 watch the action during the first inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Manager Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies (center) and bench coach Mike Redmond #11 watch the action during the first inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

The Colorado Rockies season has come to a close, and it carried many surprises with it.

The Colorado Rockies fell short of the ultimate goal of winning the World Series. Despite that, the team put together a great season. They made the playoffs and played a thrilling National League Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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In addition, the team’s stars Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon both had MVP-caliber seasons. The young rotation of Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, Jon Gray, and Antonio Senzatela had their bright spots. Free agent acquisition Greg Holland looked unstoppable at one point. Carlos Gonzalez had another streaky season. The names Pat Valaika and Raimel Tapia now have a presence among fans. There is plenty of hope for the future.

Equally to any other season, it was a rollercoaster this year. There was good and bad. Playoffs looked like a certainty … and then they didn’t … and then they were. The team’s longest winning and losing streak occurred in the same month.

There was surprises across the broad in the 2017 season. Although, two players in their individual seasons were the biggest surprises. One for the wrong reason and the other for a good reason.

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