Colorado Rockies: NL West outlook based off Spring Training
Finally a team I know like the back of my hand! So let’s get to it. The Rockies are currently 8-12. However, I believe some losses are due players making adjustments and adding more stuff to their profiles.
Let’s start with that guy on third, Nolan Arenado. He’s has a solid spring as he has put up 2 home runs with 4 RBI and 9 hits giving him a .273 BA. Moving on to the man in center, Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon has 2 homers as well as 4 RBI and 8 hits with a BA of .320.
Now that we’ve gotten the two big names out of the way, it’s time to talk about CarGo. Carlos Gonzalez was recently resigned. I’m eager to see how he’ll do. On Thursday against the Angels, he made his Cactus League debut and hit cleanup and played right field. He went 1-for-3 with a single that came in first at-bat off Andrew Heaney, who is projected to be in the Angels starting rotation. However, we’ll have to give him a little bit more time to see how he’s doing in spring.
Let’s also take a second and talk about Ian Desmond. He’s not doing too hot right now as he’s 3-for-31. However, it’s Spring let’s cut him some slack. He’s got time to get ready for the regular season. The guys to watch are actually the younger kids that don’t have roster spots and seeing the battles going on with that as well.
The pitching this Spring has been wild. Many of them have high ERAs like Jon Gray (10.22) or German Marquez (10.57) that won’t at all correlate to how their seasons will go. Some of these guys are changing things up, like Antonio Senzatela adding new pitches to his arsenal, so I’d expect them to high ERAs or a bunch of hits if it means their working on their stuff and build their repertoires. By the time, the regular season comes the rotation will be set and teams won’t know what hit them.
The Rockies have a strong team with a young lot of players they can look to in times of need. This Spring has been a reassuring one for many when it comes to not only the present state of the team, but also the future of it.