Colorado Rockies: Could David Dahl make the Opening Day roster?

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 23: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 23, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 23: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 23, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images) /
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David Dahl of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 7: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies hits a double in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 7, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images) /

Make no mistake about it … Dahl’s first swings on Thursday still have him a long ways off from actually being able to play baseball. However, the 23-year-old Dahl is highly motivated to make his return to the Majors. Read his quotes and you know he is itching to return.

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Flash back to the spring of 2017 and remember that Dahl was expected to compete with Gerardo Parra (who was coming off a horrid 2016 season) for the starting spot in left field. Now, Dahl will just be competing to make the Opening Day roster. And that may be tough considering Parra, Charlie Blackmon and Desmond could be your Opening Day outfield starters if the Rockies use Ryan McMahon at first base as has been reported.

Raimel Tapia should also figure heavily into the outfield mix in 2018 and it’s possible that the Rockies will still acquire another bat before the offseason ends. That could change things completely as well.

So where does that leave Dahl? It leaves him needing to make an impression on manager Bud Black who, remember, has yet to see him play in an actual game in person. Black reminded the Denver media of that in these comments from August. Black has a familiarity with all of the outfielders above and what they can do in certain situations. Dahl is still a mystery to him.

Dahl absolutely has the talent to impress Black and make the roster. We know that from his rookie season where he tied a Major League record with a 17-game hitting streak to begin his career. However, it’s going to take more than talent to be ready for Opening Day.

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