Sorry, folks, the holiday weekend is over! And as you all go back to work tomorrow, rest assured knowing Purple Row's content machine will be back to churning out the good stuff, after we spent the last four days eating way too much turkey and
passing out falling asleep in front of the TV.
And then the winter meetings are, like, right around the corner, and we will have PLENTY to discuss. And then it's the New Year, and then hell, Spring Training is just a few days away. See? We're almost there!
So as we wrap up the slowest news weekend of the baseball offseason, here are some links to discuss:
Get lost on this page. They've got all kinds of 2013 superlatives, the Rockies' top prospects list (from just three years ago, which seems like a lifetime in some ways) and this WONDERFUL projected 2016 lineup:
Catcher Wilin Rosario
First Base Nolan Arenado
Second Base Josh Rutledge
Third Base Troy Tulowitzki
Shortstop Trevor Story
Left Field Dexter Fowler
Center Field David Dahl
Right Field Carlos Gonzalez
No. 1 Drew Pomeranz
No. 2 Jhoulys Chacin
No. 3 Chad Bettis
No. 4 Eddie Butler
No. 5 Tyler Anderson
Closer Rex Brothers
Holy smokes. Prospect analysis is really difficult, folks.
The Rockies, of course, signed Brian Schlitter this week. MLBTR has a bit on Schlitter, including one of his traits that no doubt attracted Colorado:
The Rockies signed right-hander Brian Schlitter, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets. The 6’5″ righty saw significant action out of the Cubs bullpen in 2014 but threw only 7 1/3 innings last season while posting a 7.36 ERA. Schlitter has posted some strong minor league numbers over his career and (of particular interest to Colorado) he has a 60.7% grounder rate over the last two years in Chicago.
Coincidentally, let me open it up to the group: would you guys and gals want to read up a detailed player profile on every minor leaguer the Rockies sign this winter (guys like Schlitter)? Obviously we'll be doing this for big free agents and trades, but is it something you'd find interesting for minor leaguers and much smaller signings, too?
I'm leaning towards yes (this is a Rockies blog, after all!), but let me know.
Isaac Marks over at Rox Pile has a good angle on Kyle Parker, which is similar to where I'm at with the one-time prospect (and probably where you are, too). We'll see how long the leash is on Parker in 2016, and what ends up happening with the quarterback-turned-outfielder.
This will make you feel a little bit better than that Baseball America list, I suppose. Some pretty damn gorgeous home run balls in that video rundown.