Colorado Rockies podcast: The start of spring training

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies poses on photo day during MLB Spring Training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 22, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies poses on photo day during MLB Spring Training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 22, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Spring training is underway and there are plenty of things to talk about in the latest Colorado Rockies podcast from the Colorado Rockies Subreddit group.

In this week’s episode, Zach, John and Jason run down the beginning of spring training, opinions on broadcasting and non-roster invitees who could make an impact. Evan makes an appearance and talks the bottom of the lineup, and who even is supposed to hit sixth. You can hear the entire episode by clicking here.

With the Rockies kicking off the quest to return to the postseason for the second consecutive season for the first time in franchise history, Colorado showed some of their potential offensive prowess by scoring 11 runs in a victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. That includes Nolan Arenado’s first home run of the spring, a sight that every Rockies fan loves to see, no matter what time of year.

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Some of the discussion in the middle portion of the podcast centers on Shawn O’Malley and the versatility that he could potentially bring to the Rockies. So far, O’Malley has surprised with an early strong showing in Arizona. Could he be in contention for a roster spot, partly because of his play and partly because of the many positions he could field to give Colorado some versatility? It’s one of the reasons why Alexi Amarista was a part of last year’s squad, right?

The podcast also discusses how Colorado’s system is set up well to give players reps in spring and a chance to prove themselves, a thought first brought up by Jack Corrigan on the Rockies radio network over the weekend. That reputation is a piece of what brought O’Malley and other players with big league aspirations into Rockies camp.

While so much attention is being spent on the top of the lineup and who might bat leadoff with Charlie Blackmon potentially sliding down into the third spot, the podcast also discusses the lower part of the Colorado lineup and the need for it to produce in 2018.

Next: Where and when the Rockies will be on TV and radio this spring

Click here to listen to the latest installment of this podcast series from the Colorado Rockies Subreddit group.

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