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Colorado Rockies

Division: National League WestGM: Dan O’DowdManager: Walt Weiss
2012: 64-98vs. division: 28-44Finish: 5th in the NL West
R758 (6th)
AVG.274 (2nd)
HR166 (30th)
ERA5.22 (30th)

That was Then...

The Rockies would probably like a do-over as far as 2012 is concerned.

Colorado’s 98-loss output in 2012 set a new single-season franchise record losses. An impressive feat for a club that has only finished above .500 seven times in its 20-year existence.

The Rocks have seen nearly a 10-loss increase in each of the three seasons since it claimed a 2009 NL Wild Card berth.

It was a season of experiments for the Rockies and, largely, a season of failed ones. The year started with the feel-good story of 49-year-old Jamie Moyer earning a couple wins in a young man’s league. Jeremy Guthrie was brought in over the off-season to bring some experience to the back end of the rotation. The team even tried to recapture past success by bringing in Cincinnati castaway Jeff Francis, who had been pivotal for the team in the mid-200s.

The result?

Moyer was released in June and would fail in two more attempts to make the majors with Baltimore and Toronto. Guthrie was a member of the Royals before 2012 ended. As for Francis, he was tops in a lot of categories for the Rockies, but that doesn’t necessarily make it much of an achievement and he’s still well removed from his 2007 form.

To make matters worse Marco Scutaro – cast off at the trade deadline – eclipsed his Mile High output in just 61 games with the San Francisco Giants en route to an NLCS MVP Trophy and a World Series ring.

WHO'S IN / WHO'S OUT
Additions: IF Reid Brignac, RP Wilton Lopez, 1B Ryan Wheeler
Subtractions: 1B Jason Giambi, RP Guillermo Moscoso, RP Matt Reynolds, RP Josh Roenicke, SP Jonathan Sanchez


...This is Now

Heal the World

Losing one of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez is bad enough. Losing both proved disastrous.

Time is on the Rockies side, now if only health would go their way.

Carlos Gonzalez (signed through 2018) and Troy Tulowitzki (signed through 2020) combined for 182 games last year. That’s just over one season combined from its two cornerstone players.

Both are game-breakers and if they can stay healthy the team can’t help but improve.

Beyond those two giants, their pitching staff is hoping for a developmental boost. The Rockies leaned on four starters 25-year or under last year in Alex White, Drew Pomeranz, Christian Friedrich and Jhoulys Chacin and may lean on other young arm this coming year such as Juan Nicasio or Tyler Chatwood. The team is also hoping for bounce-backs out of Jonathan Sanchez and Jorge De La Rosa.

There is no hurry for this team to be a contender immediately, given the kind of control they have over their players, including other young roster bodies like Dexter Fowler, Josh Rutledge and Wilin Rosario (see: YOUTH WATCH).

The Rocks will be better, but given the Giants’ championship and the Dodgers huge additions, it’s too early to seriously consider them anywhere close to contention.

Youth Watch

Every year, we look for players 26-years-old or younger that could make an impact on their team in the upcoming season. The player might have already established himself with a regular role with the team, or he could make their mark later on in the season.

WILIN ROSARIO - C (24 YEARS OLD)

Colorado had been nursing Rosario since 2006 when they signed the Dominican as a 17-year-old. After two seasons’ worth of decent power numbers in Double-A and the trading of incumbent starter Chris Iannetta, he seized his opportunity in 2012.

The “Baby Bull” finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting last season, which is less a statement on his impressive power and more a statement on just how good a year Miley and Bryce Harper had.

Rosario needs a lot of work on his defence, as he led the NL in both errors by a catcher and passed ball. That said, only four NL players homered more frequently than Rosario last season and young, power-hitting catchers are usually a rare commodity in the Majors.

Last Season

TEAM G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Colorado (MLB) 117 396 67 28 71 4 .270 .312 .530

Past Picks: 2012 - Drew Pomeranz, 2011 - Jhoulys Chacin, 2010 - Dexter Fowler, 2009 - Chris Iannetta, 2008 - Ubaldo Jimenez, 2007 - Troy Tulowitzki, 2006 - Clint Barmes, 2005 - Garrett Atkins, 2004 - Chin-Hui Tsao, 2003 - Juan Uribe

Depth Chart

Left Field

Carlos Gonzalez

Centre Field

Dexter Fowler

Right Field

Michael Cuddyer

Shortstop

Troy Tulowitzki

Second Base

Josh Rutledge

Third Base

Chris Nelson

First Base

Todd Helton

Catcher

Wilin Rosario

Starting Pitchers

Jorge De La Rosa - LHP
Jhoulys Chacin - RHP
Drew Pomeranz - LHP
Juan Nicasio - RHP
Jeff Francis - LHP

FANTASY

Power Rankings

28
After all these years, the Rockies are still looking for reliable pitching.

Player Projections

OF Carlos Gonzalez, who is ranked 12th overall could crack the Top 10 if he could stay healthy.

There are plenty of holes in Colorado, not least of which involve the pitching staff, but there are some elite fantasy contributors on offence.

LF Carlos Gonzalez is a fringe first-rounder who has put together three straight 20-20 seasons. SS Troy Tulowitzki might be the best in the game at his position; the only concern with being his health – he's had 500 at-bats twice in the last five seasons.

Another Rockies player to rank among the elite, even though he's played 133 career games, is C Wilin Rosario, who mashed 28 home runs in 396 at-bats last season. That kind of power from a position that tends to lack offensive production is a game-changer.

2B Josh Rutledge was solid enough as a rookie to generate interest, perhaps in a middle infield slot. Veteran OF Michael Cuddyer is solid enough; closer Rafael Betancourt seems reliable and, if you're going to take a chance on a Colorado pitcher, LHP Jorge De La Rosa does get strikeouts when he's healthy.




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