When it comes to fantasy baseball (and real baseball as well), it seems that there are some members of the Colorado Rockies who aren’t given as much hope to succeed on the diamond as they should be in 2020.
In MLB.com’s latest fantasy baseball rankings, three members of the Colorado Rockies are ranked among the top 25 players in all of baseball. Nolan Arenado is fifth overall and the top third baseman while Trevor Story comes in 12th (second among MLB shortstops behind Francisco Lindor) and Charlie Blackmon is ranked 25th (eighth among MLB outfielders).
While there is little arguing those three All-Stars deserve a high ranking, there are some other members of the Rockies who seem to be ranked too low by MLB.com. We are looking at these five players as some potential fantasy bargains or later-round flyers for those of you not familiar with the Rockies.
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Among them is Kyle Freeland, who finished fourth in the 2018 National League Cy Young balloting before scuffling to a 3-11 mark and 6.73 ERA last season. Ranked 509th in this list, making him the 154th starting pitcher to be named, Freeland has tremendous upside this season with a revised delivery and his determination to return to winning form. All indications are positive early out of spring training, including two solid innings in his first start of the spring. Yes, it was shortened by back spasms, but all indications are that they are nothing to worry about.
Just below Freeland at number 511 is Jairo Diaz, making him the 65th reliever mentioned in the rankings. The 28-year-old right-hander logged five saves last season in a Rockies bullpen that was often in disarray and struck out 63 in 57.2 innings pitched. He will likely play a big role in the late innings this season and seems to have earned the trust of manager Bud Black in close-game situations.
We will stick with the pitching theme and point out that Antonio Senzatela is ranked at number 737 on the list, making him the 203rd-ranked starting pitcher. Fantasy-wise, he racked up a career-high 11 wins last year for the 71-91 Rockies and reported to camp slimmer this season. With no minor league options, the Rockies will keep the 25-year-old right-hander around and he will very likely be the fourth or fifth starter when the season opens.
On the hitting side, give us David Dahl in a fantasy draft any day of the week. Ranked 171st in the list (40th among outfielders), we know Dahl’s injury history. However, we also know he was an All-Star for a reason last year (.302/.353/.524 with 15 homers and 61 RBI). Pencil him in as Colorado’s starting center fielder and know he will produce at the plate.
Finally, this list has Ryan McMahon at number 188 and the 11th-ranked second baseman. RyMac is versatile (he will see time at first, second, and third this season, just like last year) and is poised to take another big leap in his offensive capabilities this year. In 2019, his 24 home runs and 70 RBI were Colorado franchise records for a primary second baseman. In 2020, those numbers could go up even higher.