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Uncertainty surrounds Rockies as spring training approaches

From the starting rotation to the Jose Reyes situation at shortstop, not much is clear for Colorado as the 2016 season gets set to begin.

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Rockies 2016 spring training outlook: Rocky road ahead for Colorado? - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders has a preview of 2016 Spring Training for the Rockies, highlighting the uncertainty surrounding the team in several areas, including the outfield, shortstop and the pitching staff.

Rockies' rotation uncertain headed into spring -
Uncertainty is also the focus of Thomas Harding's article leading into spring training, though he chooses to focus specifically on the starting rotation. Beyond Jorge De La Rosa and Chad Bettis, the rotation is unclear, both with regard to the identity of those who will be there and how they will fare.

Arenado ready to step up to plate and be leader for Rockies - The Denver Post
One thing that is certain as Spring Training approaches is that All-Star Nolan Arenado will man the hot corner for the Rockies. Pat Graham for the Associated Press has a story that ran in, among other places, The Denver Post on Arenado taking a leadership role in the clubhouse in the absence of veterans Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau.

Rockies' prospects to watch in 2016 -
Harding also has a story on the plethora of Rockies prospects that will be at Spring Training and could play significant roles in the 2016 season. He gives special focus to pitcher Jon Gray and infielder Cristhian Adames, both of whom made their big league debuts in 2015 and figure to be on the Opening Day roster this season.

Steven Matz, A.J. Reed rank highly in ZiPS' top 100 prospects list - (Insider)
Dan Szymborski provides his top MLB prospects based on the ZiPS projection system, which is higher on several Rockies prospects than Szymborski's ESPN colleague Keith Law. Most notable is ZiPS' evaluation of Jeff Hoffman, who ranks as the No. 21 prospect in all of baseball and the top prospect in the Rockies organization.

In addition to Hoffman, five other Rockies prospects appear in ZiPS' top 100, including Ryan McMahon (24), Jon Gray (33), Raimel Tapia (37), Brendan Rodgers (51) and David Dahl (57).