SCOTTSDALE — Since last week when we published our first look at what the Colorado Rockies Opening Day roster might look like, there have been plenty of developments and we are making some tweaks to our original thoughts.
You can see our first glance at a potential Opening Day roster for the Colorado Rockies by clicking here. As a reminder, teams are now allowed to carry 26 players on the active roster, with that number split evenly between pitchers and position players.
One thing that has not changed from our original projection is our view of who will be behind the plate for the Rockies when they open the schedule on March 26 at San Diego against the Padres. I believe Tony Wolters and Elias Diaz will still form the backstop for the Rockies.
Heading into Sunday’s play, Diaz had put up the best numbers of any Rockies catcher vying for an Opening Day spot (including Wolters, Drew Butera, and Dom Nunez). Diaz posted a 9-for-19 line with a double, triple and 3 RBI. Also, he has struck out one time in those 19 at-bats while posting a .474/.476/.632 slash line.
Butera comes in next at .364/.462/1.000 with two homers in 11 at-bats. Wolters (.167/.211/.333) and Nunez (.143/.250/.357) are far behind.
Can the Rockies figure out a way for the catching position to be a positive on the offensive side in 2020? Diaz has the possibility to make that happen.