With Opening Day just two days away, the Colorado Rockies have to get their 25-man roster in check. As a result, there have been some moves made that lead to who will be on that Opening Day roster.
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Ryan McMahon makes Opening Day roster
This news comes from Rockies beat reporter Thomas Harding. Ryan McMahon appears to be on the Opening Day roster as the Rockies are set to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
This comes after McMahon was the suspected front-runner for the starting first baseman job. McMahon, 23, is having a solid spring as, entering Tuesday, he’s 22 for 67 leading him to a .328 batting average. He also has 2 home runs and 9 RBI under his belt. Despite those stats, he hasn’t seen as much playing time in recent weeks due to Ian Desmond manning first. This could lead to questions surrounding what McMahon’s position will be for the Rockies: starting or bench. We’ll have to wait and find out once we see the lineup for Thursday.
Raimel Tapia and Tom Murphy optioned down to Triple-A
With making room for McMahon, someone has to go down. Those guys would be catcher Tom Murphy and outfielder Raimel Tapia. It comes as no surprise that Murphy will be having a stint in Triple-A. The Rockies have Chris Iannetta starting and Tony Wolters on the bench, though Murphy will most likely get some time in the major leagues later on this season. Raimel Tapia is a victim to an overcrowded outfield.
The Colorado Rockies had an abundance of outfielders, but they had to send down someone in order to make room for McMahon. So, instead of sitting on the bench, he’ll probably be starting in Albuquerque. This leaves the only other outfielder that will be on the bench in Mike Tauchman.
Tapia and Murphy are good prospects in their respective positions and will most likely be back up after a brief time in Triple-A.