On Sunday, the Colorado Rockies released their first installment of the 60-man roster for the condensed 2020 Major League Baseball season.
Sunday’s release of the initial roster (which contained 52 of the potential 60 slots) is the first step for the Colorado Rockies in preparation for the condensed 2020 campaign. Major League Baseball is expected to release the 2020 schedule on Tuesday and the team is expected to begin reporting on Wednesday (July 1). The restart of “spring training” could begin this weekend for the Rockies at Coors Field.
The roster will likely have additions to it as the season opener draws near. Those additions could include some of Colorado’s top draft selections as the Rockies could get a first look at future talent, especially with the status of minor league baseball in 2020 up in the air.
Here is a look at the 52 players on Colorado’s submitted Sunday roster. Names with asterisks mean they are non-roster players. Names with hashtags means they have been optioned.
Left-handed pitchers (7): Ben Bowden#, Tim Collins*, Phillip Diehl, Kyle Freeland, Jake McGee, James Pazos, Ryan Rolison*
Right-handed pitchers (21): Yency Almonte, Daniel Bard*, Ryan Castellani#, Wade Davis, Jairo Diaz, Carlos Estevez, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Ashton Goudeau#, Jon Gray, Alexander Guillen*, Joe Harvey*, Jeff Hoffman, Tyler Kinley, Peter Lambert, German Marquez, Jose Mujica#, Scott Oberg, Antonio Santos#, Antonio Senzatela, Bryan Shaw, Jesus Tinoco#
Catchers (5): Drew Butera*, Elias Diaz*, Dom Nunez, Chris Rabago*, Tony Wolters
Infielders (9): Nolan Arenado, Josh Fuentes, Ryan McMahon, Daniel Murphy, Tyler Nevin#, Brendan Rodgers, Eric Stamets#, Trevor Story, Alan Trejo#
Outfielders (6): Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl, Yonathan Daza#, Ian Desmond, Sam Hilliard, Raimel Tapia
Infielders/Outfielders (4): Bret Boswell#, Garrett Hampson, Brian Mundell#, Chris Owings#
While the Rockies submitted the first run of their 60-man roster on Sunday, only 40 of the names that eventually fill the roster will be part of their “player pool.” The other 20 players will be on a “taxi squad.” Players can be moved between the player pool and taxi squad (which will be housed at Colorado’s TBD alternate training site) throughout the year, but only players named on the 60-man roster can be a part of a team’s make-up (unless a trade occurs on or before the 2020 trade deadline of August 31).
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Additionally, three players from the taxi squad can join the Rockies on a road trip, should an injury or positive COVID-19 diagnosis occur.
When the actual season begins (on July 23 or 24), the Rockies and other MLB teams will submit a roster of up to 30 players (and no fewer than 25) for competition. Two weeks later, the roster will be sliced to no more than 28. Two weeks after that, the roster will go down to no more than 26 (although a 27th player will be allowed for double-header days).
The answers to more questions about rosters and transactions in the 2020 season can be found here.