Colorado Rockies: Breaking down the team piece by piece
Boy, are they in a pickle with some positions.
We don’t even need to talk about who’s at third base or shortstop. Second base, first base, and catcher are all topics of discussion as of now.
You may be wondering why I put catcher, even though the Rockies just signed Chris Iannetta. Well, Tony Wolters is a key component into that reason. If you want a more well versed read that’s fully about the catchers, I have it here. A brief summary of that would be Tony Wolters will be the starting catcher for them before the end of July.
Moving onto second base, I know there will be questions about why I put that in the uncertain category. Yes, DJ LeMahieu will be the starting second basemen no doubt about it. That doesn’t mean he will be it for long haul, as this may be his last year with the Rockies. The reason being is that Brendan Rodgers may be close to reaching the Major Leagues, he has an invite to Spring Training and I’m eager to see him action.
The real pickle you’ve been waiting for is who’s on first, and the real answer is I have no clue.
I’d like to say the obvious answer is Ryan McMahon, but the Rockies may be like, “Hey, Ian Desmond, you still got that first baseman’s glove?” Even then, they have said that Pat Valaika and Jordan Patterson could see some time at first, so because of that possibility, I will only say one thing about this situation. Sign Mark Reynolds, he’s the saving grace angel the Rockies need right now.
As for now, it’s a real toss up at first base that could get pretty entertaining during Spring Training. ESPN rated the Rockies overall defensively 3rd in the MLB, which is amazing especially when you have two Gold Glovers in the infield. I hope the goal is to be top dog defensively this year.