This position was primed for Drew Pomeranz to run away with the top spot here. For what the Rockies traded to the Cleveland Indians for him (Ubaldo Jimenez), he needed to be. Instead, the team parted with one of the best pitchers in franchise history and this number has been left to relatively low profile players.
Scott Dohmann has wore this number the most in three seasons with the Rockies. He had a 5.22 ERA coming out of the bullpen.
Yes, this number is still waiting for a standout player.
At number 48, we finally have an unequivocal best player.
German Marquez is not only the best to wear this number, but he is already one of the best pitchers in franchise history at 25. He is fifth all-time in career WAR with 12.3. He ranks first in walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) at 1.270 and bases on balls per nine innings at 2.394. That’s not to mention his win-loss percentage is the best in club history at .613. There is a long way to go and those numbers can certainly change, but he has already had a tremendous impact on the pitching mentality at Coors Field.
It finally felt like the Rockies could develop pitching after seeing Marquez dazzle on the mound. He came over with Jake McGee for Corey Dickerson and he had his best season in 2018, playing a key role in getting the Rockies back to the playoffs. He also won the Silver Slugger Award that season.
For his efforts, he signed a five-year contract extension with the Rockies. Hopefully, he is a leader in this rotation for some time to come. If he does that, he has a chance to be in the conversation for the best Rockies starter of all time.