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Colorado Rockies ripped by Grantland in spring training primer

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A beautiful building filled with garbage, they say.

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NL Spring Training Primer: The Key Question Facing Each Team in Camp "
Grantland's Michael Baumann keeps it short and sweet in ripping the Rockies completely to shreds in his spring training primer. I think he's wrong in a couple of areas, though; Colorado has a top seven or eight farm system in the game, so saying their prospects don't give them a good "chance of bouncing off rock bottom" is kind of ill-informed. Additionally, it's too early to say that the front office doesn't have that ability, too. Jeff Bridich has surrounded himself with smart minds, something alluded to in the Rockpile yesterday, and appears to be in the early stages of a solid long-term plan (in fairness to the other side of the argument, we have to wait and see how that actually plays out, too).

We'll have more reaction to this in a bit.

Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler top impact prospect rankings for 2015 - MLB - ESPN
Eddie Butler is No. 15 on Keith Law's list of prospects who could have an impact at the major league level this season. His thoughts:

At the moment, the Rockies have five major league starters on their roster -- this includes Jordan Lyles, who missed most of last year with a broken hand -- but no franchise has ever cycled through starters the way the Rockies do, so there should be work for Butler soon enough.

That's an unfortunate but perfectly accurate description of the Rockies' pitching situation. But at least this year, Colorado seems better prepared for the possibility of having to use double-digit starting pitchers.

New Rockies pitcher David Hale OK with competing for job in rotation - The Denver Post
Nick Groke talks to offseason acquisition David Hale, who likes his chances of earning a spot on the big league club because of his pitching versatility. Also included in the article is Bridich saying the Rockies "haven't really lost any sleep over" their decision to not re-sign Brett Anderson.

Rockies' closer role to evolve with Hawkins at helm |
The Rockies have a whole bunch of former closers -- Rex Brothers, Rafael Betancourt and John Axford -- that could provide insurance in the case that LaTroy Hawkins takes a step back or, in a likelier scenario, needs some days off here and there.

Baseball Prospectus | Baseball Therapy: The 10th Man in the Lineup
Walt Weiss ranks 29th out of 30 managers at getting his players to avoid "The Grind," which makes sense considering the Rockies' strong starts and horrendous finishes the last couple of seasons. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around "The Grind;" check out the article to get a good description of what it is.