When spring training came to a sudden halt, there were still plenty of questions left unanswered for the Colorado Rockies.
In yesterday’s article, we touched on three questions involving the Colorado Rockies that we still needed to have answered when spring training resumes (whenever that might be). Today, we will look at three more questions we have about certain players on the team and roster construction.
Let’s start behind the plate where the battle for backup catcher didn’t have a resolution during spring’s first installment. With Tony Wolters entrenched as the Opening Day starter, there are still questions about who from the trio of Drew Butera, Elias Diaz, and Dom Nunez will serve as Colorado’s second backstop.
On the offensive side of the equation this spring, Butera is 4-for-12 at the plate with a pair of homers and six RBI. Diaz is 9-for-21 with three RBI while Nunez is 3-for-15 with a homer and four RBI.
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But there’s the defensive and chemistry sides of the equation to take into account as well. We talked to Diaz and Freeland about how they have meshed in the spring and we know Butera and Nunez both have prior experience catching the Rockies.
From what we saw during our trip to Scottsdale, we think Diaz had a slight edge in the backup battle when the team broke camp. We’ll be watching on what happens when they get back together in Scottsdale once Major League Baseball gives the green light for teams to start interacting and practicing again.
However, despite all of our analysis, the creativity award for staying focused during the offseason could well go to Butera.