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Colorado Rockies Season Preview

The Colorado Rockies knew changes were needed after their fourth straight losing season, one that saw them drop 96 games and barely avoid a third straight last place finish in the NL West. But rather than trading the high salaries of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez and rebuilding, the Rockies instead dumped GM Dan O’Dowd and replaced him with Jeff Bridich in hopes that a change in front office philosophy would make a difference.

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Preview Offense:

  • Colorado signed the former Padres/Orioles backstop to help out defensively for the young pitching staff, adding a veteran leadership presence.
  • Hundley finished the 2014 season hitting .243 with 7 doubles, 6 home runs, and 22 RBI’s.
  • Justin Morneau’s first season as a member of the Colorado Rockies was one for the record books. The 33-year-old slashed at a line of .319/.364/.496.
  • People quickly jumped the gun on Morneau, claiming he lost his power that he once possessed as a member of the Minnesota Twins.

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  • J. LeMahieu put his name on the map if you will during the 2014 campaign. D.J. went on to win his first Rawlings Gold Glove.
  • J. was no stiff with the bat as well. The former LSU Tiger hit .267 with 15 doubles, 5 triples, 5 home runs, and 42 RBI’s in 149 games played.
  • Even though Nolan Arenado suffered a broken thumb that landed him on the disabled-list, that didn’t stop the kid from earning his second-straight Gold Glove. In 111 total games played in 2014, Arenado committed 15 errors on 364 total chances – good for a .959 fielding percentage.
  • Colorado will look for Arenado to improve with the stick as well, even though he hit .287 this past season. Arenado collected 34 doubles, 2 triples, 18 home runs, and 61 RBI’s.

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  • Troy Tulowitzki is the heart and soul of this team, when he’s healthy, they’re pretty darn good.
  • Tulo appeared in just 91 games last season before ending up on the disabled-list. His .340/.432/.603 line accompanied by 18 doubles, 1 triple, 21 home runs, and 52 RBI’s was pretty darn impressive.
  • Corey Dickerson hit at a line of .312/.364/.567 with 27 doubles, 6 triples, 24 home runs, and 76 RBI’s.
  • Colorado is hoping Dickerson can produce just like he did when both Tulo and CarGo were sidelined for the rest of the season.
  • Charlie Blackmon’s month of April was one you can’t possibly forget. Blackmon hit .389/.434/.642 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 18 RBI’s and 7 walks.
  • Overall, Charlie finished off the regular season hitting .288/.335/.440 with 27 doubles, 3 triples, 19 home runs, and 72 RBI’s. Not to mention, Chuck was named to his first All-Star Game.

Depth Chart:

C: Nick Hundley, Wilin Rosario, Michael McKenry

1B: Justin Morneau, Wilin Rosario

2B: D.J. LeMahieu, Daniel Descalso

3B: Nolan Arenado, Charlie Culberson

SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Daniel Descalso

LF: Corey Dickerson, Brandon Barnes

CF: Charlie Blackmon, Drew Stubbs

RF: Carlos Gonzalez, Drew Stubbs

SP: Kyle Kendrick, Jorge De La Rosa, Jordan Lyles, Tyler Matzek, David Hale/Jon Gray

RP: LaTroy Hawkins, Rex Brothers, John Axford, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Boone Logan, Brooks Brown, Jairo Diaz

 

New Faces:

Nick Hundley, Daniel Descalso, Jairo Diaz, John Axford

Departures:
Michael Cuddyer, Josh Rutledge, Franklin Morales, Matt Belisle, Brett Anderson, Nick Masset, Juan Nicasio

Most Important Player: 

Tulowitzki is obviously the team’s most important player, for a few different reasons. For one, he’s the face of the franchise and the only member of the Rockies anyone would buy a ticket just to see play. Keeping him healthy and productive is paramount if Colorado hopes to improve at all this year. Also, Tulowitzki is the key to the Rockies rebuild if they decide to go that route. No one on their roster would fetch as much on the trade market as Tulowitzki would. Considering his potential production, the $114 million still owed to him through 2021 wouldn’t be much of a barrier in moving him. If he’s healthy, producing, and the Rockies are hopelessly out of contention by July, he could bring back a ransom in prospects

 

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