Colorado Rockies 2016 Season Preview

Off-Season Overview

Additions

Gerardo Parra, Jake McGee, Mark Reynolds, Jason Motte

Losses

Corey Dickerson, John Axford, Wilin Rosario

Dickerson spent 2015 dealing with a foot injury, and the Rockies seemed pretty willing to part ways. It makes Dickerson and his progression a question, but all in all makes the Parra signing seem as though they may have upgraded in the outfield. Parra is a solid hitter with decent  speed and should be able to put in a full season, that did not get from Dickerson last year. In adding Reynolds, they added a hitter with more power than Rosario, and while Reynolds is nothing great on defense, Rosario truly could not play first base. They also did some tidy work on their bullpen, and overall it is safe to say the Rockies did a nice job in the off-season.

Projected Playoff Lineup

  1. Charlie Blackmon
  2. DJ Lemaheiu
  3. Carlos Gonzalez
  4. Nolan Arenado
  5. Ben Paulsen/Mark Reynolds
  6. Gerardo Parra
  7. Nick Hundley
  8. Trevor Story

The Rockies esembled a lineup that plays to Coors field. This team should have no probelm being able to hit. Gonzalez and Arenado combined for 82 home runs last year. Arenado is on his way to becoming one of the great breakout players in the game, and while Gonzalez sits at age 30, his surge in power came with a decrease in steals from 21 to 2. He was injured through most of 2014, and as an aging player it makes sense that they would run him less. If the less running was enough to envoke the power surge, it will be worth it moving forward. That is because at the top of the order they have enough speed to give opposing catchers fits. Blackmon posted a .347 OBP and was able to steal 43 bases last year. LeMahieu behind him posted a .358 OBP and 23 steals. If the top two of the lineup can consistently get on base, and be threats to steal it has a ripple effect all the way down the lineup. The top four could be considered as strong as any when clicking.

Behind that they have some decent hitting with Reynolds, who has major power, and Parra who is a stong candidtae to put the ball in play. They are losing Jose Reyes for an undisclosed amount of time due to off field issues, but last year the Rockies tried to ship him off as they have a young prospect in Trevor Story waiting in the wings anyways. Story is more of a defensive prospect,but that is what the Rockies need when thinking of the top four of their lineup.

Rotation

Jorge De La Rosa

Chad Bettis

Jordan Lyles

Jon Gray

Tyle Chatwood

The Rockies built a team to their stadium and have a lineup with big time potential, and a pitching staff that doesn’t have a lot of time and thought put into it. What is the need when even good pitchers get taken out of the yard much more often than any other stadium. The Rockies did put a little stock into Gray, as he is a former top five pick. Gray has the stuff to miss bats, but like any pitcher is going to get hit up, and is going to have an ERA around four. Gray only tossed 49 MLB innings last year, and their 3-5 pitchers only combined for 89 innings. The youth and upside of guys like Gray, Lyles, and Chatwood is nice to have, the hope is that this stadium doesn’t shred their confidence.

Bullpen

The Rockies surprised some by going out and workin gon their pen this off-season. Adam Ottovino is another name who thrived in the pen last year, but went down to Tommy John last May. If he can comeback, the 7-8-9 of Ottovino, Motte and McGee is pretty strong. Again, the park may have something to say about that, but the Rockies are starting to have a little bit of talent in their pitching.

Overview

The Rockies are kind of stuck. They have a roster that isn’t going to bottom out anytime soon, but they also are not near competing in the division or in the National League. Guys like Blackmon and Arenado can give them upside for years to come, but a guy like Gonzalez is saying they need to win now, or suffer from a huge hole in their lineup. The Rockies will flirt with the line of competitve and bottoming out this year, and it will be interesting to see which one they are closer to as we approach the trade deadline.

4th in the NL West

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