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Tuesday Rockpile: Troy Tulowitzki talks WAR, avoiding injuries; David Dahl impresses scouts

In an unrelated note, is it just me, or did that seem like the longest one day without baseball ever?


Anthony Castrovince: Troy Tulowitzki has been better than ever in 2014 | News
Tulo talks about everything from his new training program (which includes a hyperbaric chamber, apparently -- how did I not already know this?) to his league-leading WAR.

Baseball Prospectus | Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 2, 2014
David Dahl isn't lighting the world on fire at Asheville, but he is still showing why he is one of the top prospects in the Rockies organization, says Ryan Parker. A snippet:

The offensive ceiling is enormous. His speed works well on both sides of the ball, with consistent sub-four-second times to first base. On defense David is a stud. When you combine his ability to get great jumps on the ball with his speed you have a guy who will have no problem patrolling the vast outfield of Coors Field.

Rockies all-star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez having rough season - The Denver Post
CarGo is really struggling but isn't about to start panicking, writes Patrick Saunders. I don't know which thought is scarier: that injuries are responsible for Gonzalez's rough start, or that they're not.

Rox look for best available player in Draft | News
Thomas Harding writes about the Rockies' strategy heading into the draft on Thursday -- a strategy that will suit them well if they stick with it. As usual, Colorado will also look to draft high school players later on and offer them enough money to back out of their college commitments. For more on the draft, make sure you check out our Rockies Draft section.

Replacing Nolan Arenado at Third Base | Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball
In his first article for Rockies Zingers, Adam Peterson (AKA RarifiedAir9) writes about the options for replacing Nolan Arenado, and comes to the conclusion that ... well, it's really hard to do. Come back, Nolan.

Sunday Notes: Otero, Fredi, A New Manny, Leskanic’s Last Hurrah, Sox-Rays, Joba | FanGraphs Baseball
David Laurila has some quotes from longtime Rockies reliever Curt Leskanic about the final appearance of his career, which came for the Red Sox in Game 4 of the legendary 2004 ALCS. Great stuff.

Around the league

Astros reportedly lock up Jon Singleton, make a fantastic deal -
Grant Brisbee explores the Astros' decision to lock up their top first base prospect and concludes that it was a good one, based on history.

'We’ve been friends long enough you’ll understand': Vin Scully, baseball's longest-tenured and most eloquent broadcaster, is still looking to make a connection -
Cee Angi earned the tremendous opportunity of spending some time with Vin Scully, and she absolutely made the most of it with this tremendous longform piece on the Dodgers' legendary broadcaster. This is your one must-read of the day.

Trivia Tuesday!

As I'm sure you've already noticed, we've teamed up with our friends at Sporcle to bring you a new weekly Rockpile segment called Trivia Tuesday. Here's this week's quiz: