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Ryan Vilade, the 22-year old graduate of Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Oklahoma where former Rockies Matt Holliday and Brett Anderson graduated from, was the Rockies 2nd round pick in 2017.
He is in the Rockies spring training camp currently, like Trejo, so the Rockies do definitely want to see more of him. But he’s got a few things stacked up against him.
- He has never played above Advanced-A ball.
- Like Trejo, he didn’t play in a single game in 2020 due to the pandemic and the minor league season being canceled.
- He has a few guys ahead of him on the depth chart.
- The Rockies believe that they have so many shortstops that they have moved Vilade to the outfield.
Alan Trejo is a dark-horse but Vilade is even more of a dark-horse because of the position change.
Another person that could be a replacement but shouldn’t be a replacement is Chris Owings. The Rockies should keep the veteran on the bench in a utility role but considering how much the Rockies love their veterans, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Owings become the everyday shortstop.
If Story is traded, they need to give the shortstop spot to someone that is young and possible part of the Rockies teams in years to come when they will likely make the playoffs next. Chris Owings does not fit either one of those and his bat is not anywhere close to being a replacement for Story.
The Rockies will likely go with either Rodgers or Hampson if Story is traded this during the season unless they acquire a shortstop in a trade. But will any of them play well enough to pounce on the position if it becomes available? The Rockies hope that at least one of the above will do just that.