Colorado Rockies: Spring training invitees bring plenty of potential

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 21: Michael Saunders #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a double against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 21, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 21: Michael Saunders #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a double against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 21, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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On Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies announced the 19 non-roster players who would be coming to spring training to show off their skills and potentially compete for a roster spot.

Of the 19 players invited by the Colorado Rockies, three are left-handed pitchers (Ben Bowden, Evan Grills, Sam Howard), four are right-handed pitchers (Rico Garcia, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Peter Lambert, Matt Pierpont), four are catchers (Brett Nicholas, Dom Nunez, Chris Rabago, Brian Serven), seven are infielders (Bret Boswell, Peter Mooney, Brian Mundell, Tyler Nevin, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Rodgers, Colton Welker) and Michael Saunders is the lone outfielder.

Three of those players (Gonzalez, Reynolds and Saunders) all have at least one year of Major League Baseball service time and each of the three have the potential to bring something to the Rockies in 2019. We already predicted that Reynolds would make the Opening Day 25-man roster and talked at length in this article about what Saunders could potentially bring to the Rockies if he regains his All-Star form. Gonzalez is also a wild card as the former Texas Rangers top 100 prospect is looking to bounce back to the Majors after Tommy John surgery and not seeing MLB action the last two seasons.

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Rodgers, Welker, Lambert and Nevin are all part of Baseball America’s 2019 Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects list. Of the group, Rodgers is the player Rockies fans keep asking about and wondering if this will be the year he makes his Colorado debut. We think it will be and we talked about it and when it might take place in this article.

Welker also seems to have a very bright future with Colorado. Check out this in-depth article on him and what he brings to the Rockies organization.

Howard is another player to keep an eye on in spring training. He made his Rockies debut last season, seeing action in four games (three of which came in September) and figures to be in the starting pitching conversation if needed and he performs as expected in the spring.

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Those are just some of the names and pieces of information to know heading into spring training. We will be in Scottsdale beginning on February 13 and will bring you some of the latest information from Rockies spring training.

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