Colorado Rockies: Want to win in 2018? Young guys have to step up

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates as he crosses the plater after hitting a 2 RBI home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates as he crosses the plater after hitting a 2 RBI home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 16: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies watches his pinch hit two RBI double as catcher Wilson Ramos #40 of the Washington Nationals looks on during the seventh inning at Coors Field on August 16, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 16: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies watches his pinch hit two RBI double as catcher Wilson Ramos #40 of the Washington Nationals looks on during the seventh inning at Coors Field on August 16, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

David Dahl

If McMahon wins the first base job, Desmond will likely move to the outfield.

Common thought is that he, along with Gerardo Parra, will flank superstar centerfielder Charlie Blackmon.

That being said, the Rockies’ outfield is far from set.

David Dahl, once one of the Rockies’ most highly-touted prospects, has had his career repeatedly delayed by injuries.  Last year, a broken rib in spring training kept him out all season.

Despite the setbacks, Dahl is ready to go for 2018–and he’s still only 23. Due to his high projection and his major league success in 2016, Dahl will be competing for a starting spot in the outfield this spring.  And he deserves it.

Two years ago, Dahl played 63 games for Colorado and there wasn’t a moment when he looked overwhelmed by the big stage. Dahl clipped .315 with 7 home runs and 24 RBI’s in limited action, instantly garnering national attention for his record-tying hitting streak.

Before getting called up, he had collected 18 more home runs and 61 RBI’s while hitting an almost identical .314.  If you put it all together, that’s 25 homers and 85 RBI’s in his last active season.

If Dahl can replicate something anywhere near these numbers–and if he can stay healthy–that’s just one more strong bat in the middle of Colorado’s order.

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