Who will be the breakout player of the year for the Rockies in 2019?
In a season where Colorado has plenty of young options to plug into the lineup and give meaningful innings to (by the way, isn’t that nice to hear, Rockies fans?), there are some solid candidates to explode on the scene for Colorado in 2019. The list includes David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson, Raimel Tapia and even Tom Murphy.
Dahl has already shown what he can do when healthy. He’s one of the few players mentioned above who received time in the lineup on a fairly consistent basis last season.
This year, that chance not only goes to Dahl, but also McMahon and Hampson for sure as they battle for time in the infield (as discussed earlier). While I predicted Hampson will win the Opening Day nod at second base, I’m also predicting that it’s McMahon who will shine the brightest among the next generation of Rockies in 2019.
We all remember what McMahon did on a pair of magical nights against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field last season. This season, with more at-bats, McMahon will put together even more moments to remember for the Rockies faithful.
Bold prediction: After a slow start, McMahon catches fire at the plate in May and finishes the first half of the season hitting over .300 while nearly topping his previous career high in plate appearances.