Numbers always tell a story in professional baseball. Whether they are the metrics we grew up with or today’s advanced metrics, we can use statistics to learn more about the Colorado Rockies and how they are performing.
With that in mind, we wanted to take a look at some very interesting numbers and see exactly what they meant and how they might impact the game in 2018.
First, let’s take a look at one of the future Rockies and an impressive number he has already put up in spring training.
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Brendan Rodgers hit a ball hard on Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While they may not seem like a big deal to you, it was a big deal because of how hard he hit it.
According to a tweet, the 21-year-old Rodgers blasted a single where the speed of the hit was clocked at 110.6 miles per hour. Last season, every Major League shortstop combined to hit just 17 balls at that speed or higher. Think about that for a minute.
Hitting the ball hard usually results in good things and Rodgers is already showing that that is among his many skills. While we may not see Rodgers in Denver this season (or perhaps we will, depending on his development, injuries and/or Colorado’s push for a playoff spot), he is already showing that his bat will pay dividends for the Rockies.
Speaking of bats, let’s look at another number that jumps out…