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Links of the Day
Colorado ranks 10th on BP's ranking of all 30 farm systems top to bottom (they were 22nd last year), with BP highlighting Low A Asheville as the affiliate to watch this season. The Rockies had placed four players on BP's Top 101 this off-season.
Inspired by a minor league team's bacon hats, the Crawfish Boxes identifies each MLB team's food hat. Colorado's result was sourced to our own Chris Chrisman.
The Rockies announced on Tuesday that right-hander Jhoulys Chacin has been shut down for at least a week with right shoulder inflammation. While this isn't as bad as was initially feared, being shut down in Spring Training hardly inspires confidence.
A month before their first game, an MRI threatens to sabotage the Rockies more than any ERA. Troy Renck writes (pre-MRI results) about the effect of a Chacin injury on Colorado.
Colorado's top two prospects threw to hitters yesterday and impressed. Video included in the link.
The decision early in Spring Training to keep Carlos Gonzalez in left field means the Rockies will go into the year with classic run production in the outfield corners. Though there is a question in center, manager Walt Weiss counts on the outfield being a strength. I'm going to expand on this some more this morning.
Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer are positioned side by side in the Rockies' clubhouse, a symbol of their close relationship that dates back to 2003 with the Twins. So maybe it won't sting so bad for Morneau when he sits his butt on the pine and Cuddyer takes his place when a lefty is on the mound.
Southpaw Franklin Morales, who began his career with the Rockies 2007-11 and has spent the time since then as a Red Sox reliever, was traded back to the Rockies this winter and is vying for a rotation spot. Thomas Harding's blog post also contains notes on Brandon Barnes, Christian Friedrich, and Wilin Rosario.
More video from Spring Training by Renck.
Yankees fans - this won't ever be a thing. Writers, stop writing about it please.
Links from around baseball
This is unfortunately germane to the Rockies. Noah Woodward of the Hardball Times writes at length about pitcher injuries and how we might be able to use Pitch F/X data to determine when a pitcher is at a higher risk for injury. It's really nerdy and I love it.
And now, for something completely different. Grant Brisbee has the starting lineups and rotations for each AL East team, as described by Google's autocomplete function. I can't wait for the NL West.
We have no idea what timeline or alternate dimension Budweiser thinks MLB exists in. This tweet from Budweiser shows a hilarious lack of geographic (or MLB) awareness.
It's baseball's silly season, when preseason publications pour out predictions by the score. Some of them will be right, many wrong, and none of it is worth getting upset over. Cee Angi previews season prediction season at SBNation.com.
Wendy Thurm of Fangraphs writes about how teams will allocate their Opening Day Payroll. Compared to the rest of MLB, the Rockies have more pre-arbitration eligible players than average.
Thurm follows up the above article by looking at payroll allocation by position group. The Rockies are in the top 10 in MLB for proportion of payroll spent on the starting lineup and their relief corps.
Jonah Keri at Grantland picks Nolan Arenado as one of the players who will break out in a big way this year.
In Keri's power rankings entering spring, he puts the Rockies 22nd but is really excited about Gray and Butler.
One final Keri link, in which he calls Jon Gray potentially the best pitcher the Rockies have ever had.