We're at T-12 days until Opening Day and position battles are heating up!
Patrick Saunders writes about Rutledge (who is hitting very well this spring) as a very intriguing bench option for Colorado (as opposed to a starter at 2B). At this point Rutledge is a good option for that utility role, especially with his ability to be an effective pinch runner.
Michael Cuddyer thinks the Rockies can be a playoff team in 2014 - Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post isn't so sure.
Every spring Nolan Arenado returns to the place where he first achieved real prospect notoriety - as the winner of the 2011 Arizona Fall League MVP.
Ringolsby compares Tulo to Cal Ripken Jr, with the obvious difference between the two being durability. From a talent perspective, it's not a bad comparison at all.
Thomas Harding's daily notes column includes content about Justin Morneau's struggles against left-handed pitching, Jordan Lyles's most recent performance, Charlie Blackmon's role in the CF derby (more on that later this morning), Jorge De La Rosa's minor league start, Adam Ottavino's flexible relief role, and Jordan Pacheco's resurgence this spring.
Links from around baseball
BP's editor in chief, Ben Lindbergh, went to the 2014 SABR analytics conference and he brought back several themes from the experience, including the fact that Bill Geivett (who was a panelist) did a deal that was proposed two minutes before the trade deadline. This free article is well worth a look.
Fangraphs has their positional power rankings series starting today - last year the Rockies rated very well in this series, we'll see if the new look team does again this year.
Rany Jazayerli writes about how the Cubs will become successful soon, despite the obstacles that MLB has placed over the last 10 years to rebuild on the fly. It's well worth a read to see how the process of building a contender has changed over such a short time frame.