The Colorado Rockies are once again late to the party when it comes to announcing their spring training non-roster invitees, but one interesting prospect will surely be on the awaited list.
Top Rockies position prospect and No. 2 overall PuRP David Dahl will begin spring training with the big league club in 2016, a source told Purple Row on Thursday. Dahl, the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft, appeared in nine Cactus League games over the last two seasons for the Rockies, going 3-for-12 with an RBI and a run scored. He figures to see much more time in spring training this season, one that could end with him getting at least a cup of coffee at big league level if all goes well.
Part of what will make that last part happen is Dahl staying healthy. The 21-year-old outfielder has missed huge chunks of two of his four professional seasons. Dahl was limited to a half-season in 2015 due to a spleen injury and ensuing spelenectomy. He missed almost all of 2013 with a torn hamstring.
When Dahl has been on the field, he's been productive, hitting .309/.345/.497 in more than 1,200 minor league plate appearances. The tools match -- or even possibly exceed -- the production, leading Rockies farm director Zach Wilson to believe that a breakout season could be on the horizon for Dahl.
The Rockies should announce the complete list of 2016 non-roster spring training invitees soon, but in the meantime, here's some good guess work as far as who should be included.