Colorado Rockies: Our first prediction of the 2020 Opening Day roster
By Kevin Henry
Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMahon, Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado, Chris Owings
Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl, Raimel Tapia, Ian Desmond, Sam Hilliard
Analysis: Your starting infield of Murphy (first base), McMahon (second base), Story (shortstop), and Arenado (third base). Owings provides the versatility (he’s played second, shortstop, and outfield in his career and the Rockies have been giving him time at first base at the start of spring) and veteran factor that the Rockies love so much. He has started slow in spring training but don’t be surprised when he makes the squad. McMahon can also float between first, second, and third when needed.
Hampson also brings versatility with the ability to slot into the infield or outfield when needed.
In the outfield, Blackmon will start in right, Dahl in center, and left will be a platoon between Tapia, Desmond, and Hilliard. Other than Blackmon, all of the outfielders can be interchanged in their positions as well.
The bottom line? Colorado has a solid lineup but questions remain. Can Murphy put together a better, healthier season this year? Can Hilliard keep impressing with more at-bats outside of September? Can Desmond be used efficiently against left-handers? Can Tapia be more consistent? Can Hampson provide a spark as he did in September?
There are plenty of questions and Colorado will need the answers to be better than they were last year during a 71-91 campaign.