Rockies Inbox: Is Tom Murphy ready for Majors? | MLB.com
The situation at catcher for the Rockies is among the topics addressed by Thomas Harding in his latest inbox column. In addition to assessing the combination of Tom Murphy and Tony Wolters behind the plate, Harding also discusses the future of the starting rotation and the search for a new manager, among other things.
Dr. Hendricks and Mr. Gray - The Imperfect Game
The Imperfect Game goes in-depth, breaking down the similarities between Rockies rookie Jon Gray and Cubs ace Kyle Hendricks in 2016. Though Hendricks’ ERA was better by more than two runs, the two right-handers actually had fairly similar seasons with Hendricks getting a boost from, among other things, the Cubs’ top-notch defense. They also note that Gray was the victim of bad luck when it comes to both BABIP and LOB%, and he had a significantly better season than the surface numbers showed.
Fall League Superlatives for Last Week | FanGraphs Baseball
Eric Longenhagen at FanGraphs broke down his superlatives for the week in both the Fall Instructional League and Arizona Fall League, with a pair of Rockies prospects taking home accolades. Pitcher Riley Pint, the Rockies’ first round draft pick in 2016, was noted for both his fastball (which hit 101 on the radar gun) and his slider, while infielder Pat Valaika received a nod for taking the best at bats.