Down on the Farm
Glancing at Minor League statistics often becomes an exercise in wishful thinking. Of course you can look at Triple-A Albuquerque first baseman Roberto Ramos‘s 1.026 OPS and salivate over his MLB potential. But for every Nolan Arenado, there’s a Pat Valaika, who is slashing .319/.363/.615 in Albuquerque yet has struggled mightily in the big leagues.
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With that huge asterisk in mind, there’s plenty of promise in the pipeline. Infielder Colton Welker is still raking after making the jump to Double-A Hartford. He was the sixth-youngest player on an Eastern League roster on Opening Day.
Ryan Rolison looks poised to roll through the Minor League system as a left-handed starter (even with inflated numbers at absurdly hitter-friendly, Class-A Advanced Lancaster). And outfielder Sam Hilliard just became the second-ever Isotope to join the 20-20 club (with 20 stolen bases and 25 home runs).
I sincerely believe the Rockies have the talent to be a playoff contender. 2019 may be a deflating bummer of a season, but there are reasons for optimism going into 2020. Don’t give up, Rockies fans.