We here at Rox Pile are going on record with some of our predictions for the Colorado Rockies, the NL West, and MLB, in general, for the 2022 season.
Across the board of myself, my co-expert/editor Kevin Henry, and Rox Pile contributors Tyler Paddor, Kevin Larson, Nathaniel Sunshine, and Duane DaPron have a lot of similarities. but some differences too.
Overall, we looked at the Rockies’ best position player, best pitcher, a bold prediction for the team, and the NL West records and standings.
First, let’s look at which players will be the best for the Rockies.
Who will be the best position player on the Colorado Rockies in 2022?
Tyler Paddor: Kris Bryant (second-best: Brendan Rodgers)
Kevin Larson: Kris Bryant. Literally, he’s the sexy pick to make here. Have you looked into his eyes?
Nathaniel Sunshine: Ryan McMahon. He should’ve been an All-Star and Gold Glove winner last year. This year I look for him to remain elite at third base and further improve his bat, 30 home runs is easily within reach for him. He might not end up being the best on offense for the team (I’m looking at Bryant or Cron for that role), but my money says he will end up being the best overall player.
Duane DaPron: C.J. Cron. In his second season with Colorado and with a new two-year contract in hand, Cron has another banner season at the plate finishing with 34 home runs and 107 runs batted in.
Noah Yingling: Ryan McMahon. I was debating between Bryant and McMahon but I completely agree with Nathaniel. He may not be the best hitter overall but he will be the best overall position player.
Kevin Henry: Ryan McMahon. Being able to focus on third base as Brendan Rodgers grows into his own at second will benefit McMahon greatly. A longer lineup will help McMahon at the plate as well. On paper, the Rockies will have numerous players who can drive in runs and the burden doesn’t rest on him as much this season as in years past.