Colorado Rockies: 3 players who will improve dramatically in 2018
By Kevin Henry
There is no question that the Colorado Rockies took a giant step forward in the 2017 season, transforming from a 75-87 team in 2016 to reversing those numbers for a 87-75 mark and Wild Card berth last year. There are many reasons for the jump, including continued MVP-type numbers from Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon and the rebirth of Greg Holland in the closer’s role.
However, looking back, there were still a lot of things that didn’t go right for the Rockies last season. Injuries hit some of their key players while others (like Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story) each endured horrific slumps that caused many to question if they deserved a spot in the starting lineup.
With 2017 in the rear-view mirror, there is a lot of reason for optimism heading into the 2018 campaign. Many will undoubtedly pick the Rockies to make the postseason next year … and some media pundits may even tab Colorado to go further than just a Wild Card berth like it saw this season.
So what would make the difference between a great 2017 and an even greater 2018? We have some ideas. Let’s take a look at three Colorado Rockies we have identified who will have a better season in 2017 than they did in 2018.