Colorado Rockies: 15 players to protect in a hypothetical expansion draft

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Ryan McMahon #24 and Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies smile after a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Ryan McMahon #24 and Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies smile after a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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German Marquez of the Colorado Rockies
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 21: German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on June 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Another starter and the Rockies best two relievers in 2019.

10. German Marquez

Along with Freeland and Gray, if Marquez can pitch like he’s capable of, the trio makes the Rockies starting rotation one of the team’s best strengths.

He regressed a bit in 2019 but he also suffered from nagging injuries too. In 2018, he pitched to a 3.76 ERA in 196 innings.

11. Scott Oberg

Since the start of the 2018 season, Oberg has appeared in 105 games and pitched to a 2.35 ERA.

The Rockies just signed Oberg to a three-year extension worth $13 million so he’s still very affordable for the Rockies. He’s getting paid a lot less than some other relievers and he’s the best reliever the Rockies have right now.

12. Carlos Estevez

Estevez can be one of the Rockies most electric pitchers and in 2019, he and Oberg were the Rockies best relievers.

3.5:1 strikeout to walk ratio, a fastball that can reach 100 MPH, and a 3.75 ERA in 71 appearances means that the Rockies would have to protect him.

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