With the 2020 Major League Baseball season comes a new wrinkle in the roster sizes for each team. The Colorado Rockies and other MLB teams will have 26 players on their Opening Day rosters, including 13 pitchers.
The extra man will add some intrigue this season, especially for the Colorado Rockies who have needed fresh bullpen arms in the past after dealing with the run-scoring games and altitude effects that Coors Field can level against a pitching staff.
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Colorado has had the luxury in the past of using some of the minor league options as a way to keep players bouncing between Triple-A Albuquerque and Denver. It has not only allowed for fresh arms to be called up when needed but also allowed some of the younger arms who have needed more development time to find that in the minors.
This season, four of those arms are out of minor league options, meaning the Rockies are likely forced into keeping them all on the roster heading into the season. Sure, it’s possible the Rockies could designate one or more of them for assignment in the spring, but that’s unlikely to happen. With that, that means these four players will need to not only find their role, but also succeed in it.
Let’s take a look at the four pitchers without options heading into the 2020 campaign.