The Rockies lost their Cactus League game yesterday, but no one really cares about that. That's what's nice about spring training games: if your team wins, you feel great, if your team loses you don't care because the games don't count.
More interesting are the individual performances. Drew Stubbs hit a home run, and off a right-handed pitcher no less. Stubbs' at bats against righties should be limited in the regular season, but he is sure to have some, particularly if Charlie Blackmon ever gets hurt. So it's nice to see him succeed against a right-hander, even if it's just practice.
Perhaps even more intriguing was prospect Trevor Story's two-run, opposite field home run in the seventh inning. The middle infielder is having a solid camp this spring by showing off some extra-base hit power (he has two doubles to go along with the homer). Story is probably ticketed for Double-A this year, where he's going to try to rein in his strikeout tendencies, but he's definitely a name to follow.
More comfortable in camp, Gray fighting for spot - Rockies.com
Jon Gray isn't earning a spot on the 25 man roster out of spring training. A) He isn't ready yet. He needs to show durability and the ability to pitch deep into games in Double or Triple-A before seeing the big leagues. Gray only averaged a little better than 5.1 innings per start in Double-A last year. B) It would be a mistake to start his service clock early and lose one of his prime years later on.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get pumped for his eventual arrival, because Gray is awesome, and it's cool when he does awesome things. Like striking out Paul Goldshmidt on a 97 mph fastball. Like telling reporters his goal is to not allow any runs all spring. I can't wait to see that guy in Denver.
He's scheduled to pitch today as well.
Dickerson flies under radar after breakout season - Rockies.com
Walt Weiss thinks Corey Dickerson is still underrated, and said that Dickerson can "hit in his sleep." So we have now established that Dickerson can wake up and hit on Christmas morning, and that he can hit in his sleep. In what other scenarios can Corey Dickerson hit?
- Corey Dickerson can hit while covered in ants.
- He can hit while suffering from total amnesia.
- He can hit on the planet Neptune, despite wearing a bulky and cumbersome space suit.
Adam Ottavino may help at closer for the Rockies - Denver Post
LaTroy Hawkins is old, and won't be here next season, so it behooves the Rockies to have other options for ninth inning work. Adam Ottavino will be one of those options, according to Weiss. He was the Rockies best reliever last year, mixing in a huge slider with a fastball that he threw harder than ever before. When Hawkins needs a break, Ottavino will likely get the ball.
Walt Weiss on Rafael Ynoa:
He's one of those guys we tag as a baseball player.
Ringing endorsement, that.
In all seriousness, good for Ynoa turning some heads, and if Charlie Culberson can't cut it this year, Ynoa might see some well-deserved time in the big leagues as a backup infielder.