At the start of this offseason, the Colorado Rockies had three major areas that needed addressing; the manager, the bullpen and first base. Contrary to seasons past, the front office actually focused on their specific needs in the hopes of being a legitimate contender in 2017.
Colorado began by replacing manager Walt Weiss with former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. He comes to the Mile High City with somewhat of a spotty track record, yet seems very excited and motivated to turn this franchise around, and get the best from this young and very talented roster. When it comes to the bullpen, the Rockies added Greg Holland and Mike Dunn to hopefully bolster the group that posted last season’s worst ERA, a 5.13, mostly due to injury-related issues. Healthy and ready to compete, both Jason Motte and Chad Qualls will be fighting for a spot, as lefty Jake McGee and Adam Ottavino already have top roles. Jordan Lyles and Chris Rusin are also in the mix, leaving eight guys for six spots. The Rockies pitching rotation heading into the season is looking really strong with ace Jon Gray, followed by Tyler Anderson, who somehow pitches better at Coors Field than on the road.
Chad Bettis has shown improvement from year to year, while Tyler Chatwood is coming off a solid 2016 effort. In the final spot, Jeff Hoffman, who came to Colorado via the Troy Tulowitzki trade, has enormous potential, they just hope he can perform in 2017.
When it comes to the offense on this roster, the Rockies have a plethora of weapons this season. Nolan Arenado at third base and most likely batting third, is a straight up stud, along with right-fielder Carlos Gonzalez, in the clean-up role. The addition of Ian Desmond will not only add to their powerful bats, but clogs up first base defensively, as well. Desmond playing first will be new for him, however he is certainly athletic enough to transition seamlessly. At shortstop, Trevor Story is a game changer when healthy, with a stout D.J. LeMahieu at second. If these guys can remain injury-free, Colorado could have one of the most successful infields in baseball.
Rockies fans have been waiting many years for this team to have this much potential heading into Spring Training. The excitement is palpable as all facets of this roster look solid, with the right amount of depth. Colorado Rockies tickets will be in high demand this summer as Coors Field will be the place to be. Be sure to secure your Rockies tickets early, as you won’t want to miss all the excitement.