If there was one thing that was whispered often in Rockies camp this spring while I was there, it was to keep an eye on Welker. Not only because he has put together yet another solid spring, but also that the 23-year-old is starting to come into his own physically and worked hard in the offseason in transforming his conditioning.
The possibility of Welker making the big leagues in 2021 seems perhaps a little closer after a certain All-Star third baseman who was blocking Welker’s path to Denver was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals back in February. Now, with Brendan Rodgers slowed by a hamstring injury and the Rockies having to shuffle their infield, could that open the door for Welker to make his debut?
Heading into Saturday, Welker is certainly making it known that he can produce at the plate this spring, going 10-for-28 (.357) with a homer and a team-leading 10 RBI. Welker is tied with Alan Trejo for most games played (17) and has bounced between first and third base, with only Ryan McMahon playing more innings at third this spring than Welker.
Take a look at Welker’s power swing below.
"“Just a year older — maturity,” Black recently said of Welker. “His body is firing. The bat speed is there. He’s moving well in the field. In morning practice, he’s doing the things you’d like to see for a guy that’s getting closer to potentially being a big leaguer.”"