Colorado Rockies: The 3 scariest things that can’t happen in the offseason
They won’t acquire some position player depth
The Colorado Rockies problem for much of their franchise’s history has been that while they have major superstar positional players, they do not have any talent behind them.
The Rockies of this era, yet again, falls in this territory.
They have Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon, and David Dahl (when healthy). Who do they have after that?
Offensively, there were only two players on the entire 2019 Rockies who hit better than league average besides those four guys. They were Sam Hilliard (136 OPS+ in 27 games) and Yonder Alonso (101 OPS+ in 54 games). Their next best offensive player was Ian Desmond.
He hit .255/.310/.479 with an OPS+ of 88.
Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon were right on his heels as they both had an OPS+ of 87.
Here’s the numbers for the other players.
Not everybody is going to be a good hitter (e.g. Tony Wolters) but if they are at least good defensively, then they at least bring something to the table. However, Wolters was the only player of this group that had more than one Defensive Run Saved.
With that, as a team, they had an OPS+ of 87. Not everybody can be a perennial MVP candidate, but it is fair to ask for mid-level talent. The Rockies had very little of that. Don’t believe me?
By bWAR, outside of Arenado, Story, and Blackmon, not a single Rockies position player had a bWAR higher than 1.5 (Ryan McMahon). Outside of those three, the rest of the Rockies position players had a bWAR of -2.7.
The World Champion Nationals had five guys with a bWAR between 1-3 (and three players with a 4.0 bWAR or higher). The AL champion Astros had 11 position players with a 1.0 bWAR or higher. Even the 2018 Rockies only had three position players in that category. The 2017 Rockies had four.
It should be obvious now: the Rockies secondary position players need a major upgrade.
And that would partially come if our overarching third topic actually happened.