The Future and the Farm
It must seem rather bleak that it took me this long to talk about something actually baseball related, and well, next season doesn’t look much better than the train wreck that was this year. But that doesn’t mean that the Colorado Rockies won’t eventually put together another playoff run in a few years.
With Brendan Rodgers finally hitting a groove (and winning a Gold Glove!), Ryan McMahon extended for 5 years, Ezequiel Tovar and Michael Toglia getting the call up, the Rockies infield of the future is coming into form. Drew Romo appears he could finally be the answer for the team at Catcher.
The next step seems to be creating an Outfield to build around Kris Bryant and boy does it look like Zac Veen and Benny Montgomery will fill that void in the future. Veen is projected to make his debut next season and Benny Montgomery is projected to get the call in 2024.
The only prospects that the Colorado Rockies seem to lack is pitching, the position that is the hardest for the team to fill in free-agency. There are some players who have shown flashes like Helcris Olivarez and Chris McMahon, but ultimately none have seemed promising, thus far. Hope is not lost. The Colorado Rockies have drafted several promising pitchers in the last two drafts and have their on-and-off pitching core of Marquez, Freeland, and Marquez locked down. Because of how young these prospects are, it isn’t expected for these prospects to be ready until 2025-2026. Considering that the current Colorado Rockies pitching staff can either pitch like All-Stars or outfielders coming in during a blowout on any day, earliest the team could compete would be 2024. It is entirely possible that the 2020s follow a similar format to the 2010s, with the Rockies hitting extremely well, but poor pitching will propel them into last place. A playoff run will not happen until they answer pitching for the team.
All that said, I do not trust the front office to do right by it, but I am thankful for the future of this team. I believe that there are some bright stars coming up in the farm and the mid-2020s could be fun to watch. I just wish there wasn’t so much failure leading into it.