Do you hear that sound? Shhhh, just listen for a second. Do you hear it? Yeah, we don’t hear anything either. It’s been like that for most of the offseason when it comes to the Colorado Rockies and any potential moves they might be making … or even considering.
With all of the talk surrounding who will fill the shoes of Adam Ottavino in the Colorado Rockies bullpen, there will be a focus on Seunghwan Oh and what he will once again bring to the team. After being acquired in a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline last season, the 36-year-old right-hander shined for the Rockies. In 25 games with Colorado, Oh went 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings of work, scattering 15 hits and striking out 24.
Oh will be back this season for the Rockies and should be a key in the late-inning arsenal for Bud Black. But what about what Colorado gave away to get Oh? Well, it looks like Forrest Wall could get his chance to shine for the Blue Jays this season.
The former Rockies prospect is now the 25th-ranked prospect in the Toronto organization and is forecast to possibly see his Major League debut this season in a jumbled Blue Jays outfield. He also has received an invite to spring training.
Speaking of talented outfields, Colorado has one of those as well. They also have plenty of possibilities for who could see playing time, including a mixture of veterans (Charlie Blackmon and Ian Desmond) and young players (David Dahl, Raimel Tapia and maybe even Garrett Hampson).
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One name not mentioned often is Noel Cuevas, who earned 146 at-bats last season with the Rockies in his first taste of big league action. Putting together a .233/.268/.315 slash line, Cuevas hit just .185 in 27 July at-bats before being returned to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 29. In his return on September 1 when rosters were expanded, he received only 10 at-bats the rest of the month, getting one hit.
Cuevas, however, is intent on competing for a spot on Colorado’s Opening Day roster. He sent one final message from his home country of Puerto Rico before departing for Scottsdale and spring training … and also showed off some of the workouts he put in over the offseason.
Where will Cuevas end up on Colorado’s outfield depth chart after spring training? It’s one of the many things we’ll be watching this spring.