In the outfield, Colorado will likely carry four full-time outfielders. Those four will be Charlie Blackmon, Ian Desmond, David Dahl and Raimel Tapia. Additionally, Garrett Hampson will likely see some time in center field as well this season so expect him to make his first-ever Opening Day roster as well.
Blackmon, Desmond and Dahl will likely be your Opening Day starters in the outfield. Will Blackmon stay in center field? It’s still a possibility, but we expect that Chuck Nazty will slide over to a corner outfield spot with Desmond taking over in center. Tapia, who is out of options and will force Colorado’s hand this season on playing him and seeing if he is really worthy of a Major League roster spot, will provide a left-handed bat off the bench and speed on the bases and in the outfield.
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Don’t forget, if Reynolds really makes the Opening Day roster, the Rockies are going to need to make a move on the 40-man roster to make room for him.
Regarding the infield, Ryan McMahon and Hampson will battle in spring training for the starting job at second base and both will make the Opening Day roster. Both young players have the versatility that Colorado manager Bud Black and Rockies management loves to have in the roster.
Murphy (first and second base, if needed) and Reynolds (first base) can hold down the right side of the infield while Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado continue to give Colorado solid production at the plate as well as Gold Glove-caliber defense.
So to recap…
Outfield (4): Blackmon, Dahl, Desmond, Tapia
Infield (6): Arenado, Hampson, McMahon, Murphy, Reynolds, Story
Catchers (2): Iannetta, Wolters
OK, now let’s talk pitching…