2018 Colorado Rockies Depth Chart
The Colorado Rockies are one of the soundest organizations in the offensive production department. Scaling up and down the batting order can play producer to a 20-home run, 75 RBI talent. This level of output limits the constraints placed on the pitching rotation, which has struggled mightily over the past few seasons. The young pool of arms has proven to be an unformidable form of conquest, spanning the maturity increases to progress at a slow pace. This timetable has been managed through the consistencies of talents like Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, and Charlie Blackmon. If the organization can work to develop their young starters in Jon Gray and Kyle Freeland, they could create an established rotation that limits pressures on relievers.
|Catcher||ChrisIannetta||Tony Wolters||Drew Butera|
|1st Base||Ian Desmond||Ryan McMahon|
|2nd Base||DJ LeMahieu||Pat Valaika||Garrett Hampson|
|3rd Base||Nolan Arenado|
|Left Field||Gerardo Parra||David Dahl||Matt Holliday|
|Center Field||Charlie Blackmon|
|Right Field||Carlos Gonzalez||Noel Cuevas|
The Rockies organization is finally gaining a firm grip on their rostered talent. Working their guys through the farm system always seemed like the path to positive progression, but a missing link still left the team short handed in run prevention. This season, the team features 3 double-digit winners. Most of the improvement equates to limited losses and no decisions. Their staff is exercising distance while playing owners to the luxury of run support. Kyle Freeland is emerging as the team’s leader in the rotation. A 14-7 record to feature alongside 150-plus strikeouts and the team has found an ace. Freeland isn’t the diamond-in-the-rough type. He comes from Evansville, a baseball hot bed for prospect development at the colligate level. Jon Gray has also increased his strikeout numbers, limiting the opposition’s opportunity for run production. He still needs to pair this with lower run affordance to be fully effective. German Marquez has risen as the dark horse in this rotation. He leads the team in strikeouts and has a manageable ERA. Converting arms to bullpen positions has worked in the team’s favor. Jake McGee is the go-to guy in terms of long relief and Wade Davis has adopted his closer roll respectfully.
Playing owner to one of the best third baseman in game is the luxury the Rockies have been afforded in Nolan Arenado. Out of the everyday starters, he leads the team with a .297 average. He also trades places with infielder Trevor Story for the team lead in the RBI and homerun conversations. One of the most consistent talents is found in DJ LeMahieu. His respectable .278 average is just slightly below his career standpoint, but favorable power and a strong eye at the plate allow for him to slot anywhere in the batting order. Ian Desmond was claimed by the team a few seasons back and he slots to the first base position. He is still working out the kinks with his plate presence, but he is a gold glove talent at the infield tier. The team has also been blessed with younger talents behind the plate. Chris Ianetta is the practiced veteran and he is assisting in the flourishing of Tony Woltors career. Both players have been in the Rockies organization for a majority of their careers, creating a nice tradeoff for pitcher preferences.
The outfield is where the magic happens for this organization. Charlie Blackmon continues to be a model of consistency in center field. Charlie joined the organization in 2009 and climbed to the big leagues quickly. He is a strong power source and a good bet to get on base in any situation. He usually favors the leadoff spot but has fallen as low as 2 or 3 to afford him more ducks on the pond for run opportunities. Carlos Gonzalez has hit a bump in the road, but his numbers wouldn’t evade someone from considering this year a complete falloff. David Dahl continues to see opportunities and the team can afford to spruce Ian Desmond in relief efforts. Thankfully, the team plays owner to many flex talents that have experience in the outfield. Their minor league system plays heavy favorites to infield positions, so possessing these consistencies reduces the need to change the record.
The power and pop of the bats usually creates for some interesting batting order rotations. Trevor Story will bat as low as 7th and as high as 2nd. This same statement goes for LeMahieu. Their roster is littered with run producers and run scorers, so the lineup is constantly changing. The defensive pairings remain consistent. The catcher switch comes at a pitcher preference and outfield substitutions can be handled by interior talents. There aren’t a lot of holes for this team to fill in terms of depth and the prospect of a strong class of infielders at the minor league level create a hype around the organization.