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Saturday Rockpile: Rockies medical mini-camp to take place next month, more

First off, I hope everybody had a very merry Christmas. I hope the new year brings all of you as much hope and optimism as it brings me - in every aspect of life.

Inside the Colorado Rockies " Medical mini-camp scheduled next month | Major League Baseball in Denver
Several Rockies major and minor leaguers will participate in the camp that takes place every other year at Coors Field. Among those who will be reporting to camp are Casey Weathers, Chaz Roe, Chris Nelson, Taylor Buchholz, and Jeff Francis. In the article, Jack Etkin says that Nelson will be starting the 2010 season in Colorado Springs. Nelson never was able to prove himself at the AA level, but it is imperative that he shows some of the talent and ability that made him the ninth pick in the 2004 draft. It will be very interesting to see how he performs.

Duchscherer, Capps agree to deals - ESPN
Two guys that the Rockies were heavily rumored to be interested in have signed with other teams. Starting pitcher Justin Duchscherer will be returning to the A's and reliever Matt Capps has signed with the busy Nationals. I'm not personally heartbroken about the Rockies missing out on either of these guys.

Fowler's five-steal night among '09's best | News
As part of's "Nine for '09" series, Thomas Harding recalls Dexter Fowler's five-steal game on April 27th. Fowler is still raw as far as base-stealing ability goes; those five bags, and the 22 others in which he received a five-finger discount, were all taken as a result of sheer speed. As he grows as a baseball player, he'll be able to use instinct and the ability to read pitchers/catchers and will see that number rise.