Young players aren’t ready
I mentioned on the previous page how signing Daniel Murphy was Colorado’s biggest offseason move. The reason Colorado stayed mostly quiet this offseason was the belief that younger players such as David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson, Raimel Tapia and others could step up and succeed this season.
It’s a big roll of the dice. Dahl and McMahon have shown the most in games past but Hampson and Tapia have had flashes. And, of course, there is top prospect Brendan Rodgers lurking in the minors and waiting for his chance to shine.
Can Dahl stay healthy for a full campaign? Will McMahon produce given a full season of opportunities? Can Hampson add to Colorado’s lineup at the top or the bottom? Can Tapia overcome some of his defensive inefficiencies from years past and be a reliable outfielder in addition to his “mucho swagger” at the plate?
The Rockies hope the answers to all of the questions above are a “yes.” It’s an absolute gamble and one that Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich has made. Rockies fans have clamored for the last couple of seasons about the younger players getting more playing time. It seems like this could be the year it actually happens.
There are three reasons why the Rockies might miss the 2019 postseason. Of course, I didn’t even mention that teams like the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets look to be better coming out of the East thanks to their offseason moves and the St. Louis Cardinals made a big splash by grabbing Paul Goldschmidt in a trade. None of those three teams made the postseason last year. Did Colorado do enough to keep up with the rest of the National League? We’ll soon see.