In this article, we looked at some ways that the Rockies could tweak their batting order to boost the offense. One of the ways was to move Charlie Blackmon down in the order and have someone like Raimel Tapia fill in at the leadoff spot.
That scenario was discussed a bit last season but will actually be employed during spring training, according to Black. Yes, the Rockies are going to move the player who had the greatest leadoff season in Major League history down in the order some during spring training games in order to see if it will give the offense a kickstart. Check out the article from Harding here.
Tapia is one of the candidates to take over the leadoff spot, and Saunders threw out the notion of David Dahl or even Desmond filling in at the top of the order.
That statement provides a couple of interesting things. First, it assumes that Dahl will have recovered fully from his rib injury that cost him so much of the 2017 season and will make the Opening Day roster. Second, it assumes that Tapia will have improved enough in the offseason to make the Opening Day roster as well.
Of course, there is no guarantee that Blackmon will actually move down in the order. However, the sign that there will be experimentation in Arizona shows that the Rockies know they will need to stretch out the batting order in order to be successful in 2018.