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Colorado Rockies hoping return of Jordan Lyles and Tyler Chatwood will bolster starting rotation

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2016 Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops — MLB

Purple Row Edition — Bobby DeMuro

Shockingly, Corey Seager of the Dodgers leads MLB's list of the top ranked prospects at shortstop. In 98 ABs, Seager slashed his way to a line of .337/.425/.561, eliciting groans from fans of other NL West teams everywhere. Luckily, the Rockies' Brendan Rodgers slots in at 6th overall, two spots behind Dansby Swanson and a slot ahead of Alex Bregman. Jim Callis writes that Rodgers' bat speed and strength lend the shortstop power that rivals Seager's for the best on the list, while further noting that the similarities between Rodgers' performances and Seager's at comparable stages in their careers.

Return of Chatwood, Lyles could spur Rockies — MLB

Chatwood, of course, will be making his return sometime this season after TJ, while Lyles will be hoping for an injury-free season. Both could conceivably become key members of the rotation, depending on how well they are able to get back on track. Lyles always just seems to have the worst luck, so fingers crossed for him. Chatwood was showing lots of positive signs before needing surgery, so let's hope he can return to form. At the very least, we get to bask in his unnaturally good looks.

Despite strange offseason, Dodgers still team to beat in NL West — MLB

That's weird, because I was under the impression the Rockies were the team to beat... Schoenfield makes some pretty good points in his piece. A lot of people are questioning the Dodgers' offseason and focusing on where they missed without considering what they were able to do. Sure, losing Grienke is a blow to the rotation, but the rotation is arguably deeper and more balanced that it has been. Plus, the Dodgers have some big time prospects that will be making their impact felt probably sooner rather than later.

Daniel Norris: Lived in van, beat cancer, ready to pitch — MLB

After overcoming thyroid cancer, Norris has gotten back to what he's always done (a.k.a be a legend). When I first heard news of the Tulo trade before any details on the return came back, my sadness was partially mollified by the possibility of getting Norris in return, which of course didn't happen. I have to admit, I have a pretty big guy-crush on Norris. Dude travels around in a VW Bus (my favorite vehicle of all time) and does stuff I like to do (e.g. surf/skate). Tangent aside, seriously good read about a pretty cool guy.