Colorado Rockies Quick Hits: Defense, Uniforms, Carlos Gonzalez, Yency Almonte

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 26: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on September 26, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 26: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on September 26, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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In the past day or two, there have been a few items of note in the news about the Colorado Rockies.

On Wednesday, Mike Petriello of MLB.com reported the projected numbers for “fielding runs” and the Colorado Rockies are in the middle of the pack (16th overall). That might surprise some Rockies fans, considering the defense of

Nolan Arenado

and

Trevor Story

but with the outfield of

David Dahl

,

Ian Desmond

, and

Charlie Blackmon

having a combined -33 Defensive Runs Saved last season per Baseball Reference, it’s easy to see why the Rockies are in the middle of the pack. They will all be at different positions in 2019 but also, the Rockies lost

DJ LeMahieu

and

Gerardo Parra

to free agency. They were two of the three highest Rockies in DRS and they combined for 24 DRS last season.

More from Rox Pile

  • It was reported yesterday by Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch.com on Twitter that the Rockies will be slightly changing their uniform pants for their alternate uniforms in 2019. Thomas Harding of MLB.com confirmed on Twitter that the Rockies will make a slight change as well. The change will be that with the alternate uniforms (the purple jersey and the black jersey), the purple pin-stripes on the pants will be omitted but the pants (either white or gray depending on whether the team is at home or on the road) will have purple piping on the side of the pants. It is a very small change, but a change in the uniforms nonetheless.
  • Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post published an article yesterday about how former Rockies outfielder

    Carlos Gonzalez

    and how he has not yet been signed by any team. Saunders spoke to some Rockies players about him not being signed and one of them was catcher

    Chris Iannetta

    . He said that he thinks that it is “terrible” that Gonzalez hasn’t been signed. Iannetta said that he doesn’t understand why because he is still a “[w]ell above average” player. Obviously, Wins Above Replacement isn’t the “be all, end all” in stats but at least by that, Gonzalez has a bWAR of 0.2 in the past two seasons with an OPS+ of 92.

    Mark Reynolds

    largely agreed with Iannetta but he thinks that Gonzalez is still on the market because “teams that don’t have a chance to win the World Series aren’t going to sign someone who can make their ballclub better.” Reynolds thinks that the system needs to change and he has an idea how to change it as well. You can see what his idea is in the full article

    here

    .

    Next. What one of MLB’s newest changes means for the Colorado Rockies. dark

  • The Rockies PR team reported that yesterday, the Rockies optioned pitcher Yency Almonte to Triple-A Albuquerque, leaving 46 players left in major league camp. Two days ago, we discussed how Almonte was one of five Rockies pitchers that was really struggling. He had not appeared in any games since then so he ended up having a 1038 ERA in 5 games (4 1/3 innings).
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