Mike Tauchman impressing
There are just a handful of players who saw action in all six February games for the Rockies. Outfielder Mike Tauchman was one of them and made his presence felt early and often.
Tauchman ended the month with a .308 average in 13 at-bats, including a home run and a pair of RBI. He also swiped a base while putting up an .846 slugging percentage.
The 27-year-old had just 32 plate appearances for the Rockies last season, but there is no question that he is playing himself into the conversation for more playing time in 2018. In a crowded outfield that includes Parra, Dahl, Desmond, Blackmon and Raimel Tapia, Tauchman needed to do some things in the spring to make himself stand out. So far, mission accomplished.
There is a reason why the Rockies have Tauchman on the 40-man roster and he is proving his worth in the first games of spring training. Can he keep that up and shock people by earning a spot on the Opening Day roster? Things would have to fall perfectly to make that happen, but a slumping Dahl and continued prowess at the plate by Tauchman could put him well on the way toward that.