Colorado Rockies: The 2018 projected defensive alignment

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DENVER, CO - APRIL 05: A general view of the stadium as the San Diego Padres face the Colorado Rockies during Opening Day at Coors Field on April 5, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Padres 5-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 05: A general view of the stadium as the San Diego Padres face the Colorado Rockies during Opening Day at Coors Field on April 5, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Padres 5-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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RF: Gerardo Parra

DENVER, CO – MAY 30: Outfielder Gerardo Parra.
DENVER, CO – MAY 30: Outfielder Gerardo Parra. /

This is really what you wanted to hear. If the Rockies don’t get a free agent right fielder, Gerardo Parra will most likely be the starter. His primary position last season was left field, but he did have 22 starts in right field.

While over in right field Parra had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and 30 putouts. If the Rockies stay internal, Gerardo Parra is the key to solidifying the outfield in order to keep the Rox as a top defensive team.

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Catcher: Chris Iannetta

As we mentioned earlier, Rockies GM started out the offseason by signing catcher Chris Iannetta. Iannetta played with the Rockies from 2006 through 2011 so he will not be out of his element in being with the Rockies. Considering that Iannetta has only played more than 100 games in four of his eight MLB seasons, the Rockies could acquire another catcher to start and use Iannetta as a veteran backup but for now, Iannetta looks to be the Rockies starting catcher on opening day.

As backup catcher, Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy will be battling each other for the spot in Spring Training. Wolters had a disappointing 2017 season as the Rockies made him their starting catcher but he struggled offensively and defensively so the Rockies acquired Jonathan Lucroy just before the July trade deadline.

Murphy had an injury plagued 2017 season as he only played in a combined 50 games between AAA and with the Rockies.

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More projections for this season

Along with the defensive setup, RoxPile contributors have also gone over imperative things that make a baseball as a whole:

Rockies Batting Order

Rockies Starters

Rockies Outfield

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