The NL West has undergone a large transformation this off season, and there are plenty of new faces in the division. Even with the newly acquired talent in the NL West, the Rockies had two players crack the list as players to keep an eye on: Troy Tulowitzki and Latroy Hawkins. Hawkins, who is in his final season of his 20 year career, can still flash a fastball in the mid 90’s. Will Leitch says that if Hawkins can get off to a good start and continue to pitch the way he has, it’s possible the 42 year old could make his first All Star appearance in his career. That would be very cool. The fact that Hawkins is the oldest player currently in the game and can still match his young counterparts in velocity and accuracy is extremely admirable. Leitch also touches on Tulo, saying "Tulowitzki should be building a Hall of Fame career" but hasn’t been able to due to injury. If Tulo is 100% like he says he is, we could finally see a full season of what he’s truly capable of.
Parker Fleming, a new writer for our friends at Rockies Zingers, has been a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He has decided, for the 2015 season, to give us all an outside look of the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies, who haven't been to the postseason since 2009, will more than likely be a culture shock to Parker, who's accustomed to watching the Cardinals who have been in the postseason four out of the last five years, This is something that will be interesting to follow and see his perspective after following a championship caliber team in St. Louis.
Jeff Sanders ranks the Rockies off season a "D", which isn’t much of a surprise. He touches on the fact that the two big upgrades will be the return of stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. He also notes that the Rockies biggest pitching upgrade, which really wasn’t that big, was Kyle Kendrick ,who "should be a short-term placeholder until top pitching prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler complete their development."
This Monday, Jeff Bridich, Walt Weiss, and Dick Monfort will be answering fan questions on Twitter. For those of you who have Twitter, tweet in your questions at using the hashtag #AskRockies. If you don’t have Twitter, you can also submit your questions by going on the Rockies' Facebook page or by e-mailing questions to email@example.com. Remember: insightful questions are welcome, but tired comments are not.