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Is rotation help on the way to Denver in 2016?

Your Rockies news, notes and links for Friday, February 26, 2016.

Will Kyle Freeland see the big leagues in 2016?
Will Kyle Freeland see the big leagues in 2016?
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Looking Ahead to the 2017 Rockies Pitching Staff - TKB
The title here is a bit misleading, Nick Stephens took a look at the Rockies pitching prospects who could debut at the big league level this season. Of the player Nick looked at, Miguel Castro is most likely to make an appearance at the MLB level this season. While many of these players would be September call ups this season, they could make up the heart of the rotation in 2017.

Pen Adjustments - Rockies Zingers
Rockies Zingers returned with a look at the changes the Rockies have made to their bullpen this offseason with a breakdown of Jake McGee, Jason Motte and Chad Qualls. Buck makes a good point that no matter how much you improve the bullpen, it's not going to make a difference if the starters can't carry their own weight.

Carlos Gonzalez, and his large arms, primed for big season for Rockies - The Denver Post
Carlos Gonzalez is, to use the old cliche, in the best shape of his life heading into 2016, according to Patrick Saunders. There is reason to believe that CarGo is heading for his best season since 2010, when he hit .336 with 34 home runs. Whether that will come to fruition is another thing. There is always optimism going into spring training, but it certainly seems like Gonzalez is ready.

Nolan Arenado, Rockies have something to prove |
Nolan Arenado seems to be on a similar page to many in our community here as he believes the key to the Rockies improving this season rests with the starting pitching. He provides some good insight about the mental strain that being down before you ever come to bat can have on a hitter.

Rockies simulate game action with new drill |
Walt Weiss' "Win the Inning" drill, which I mentioned in this space last Sunday, was introduced to the team Thursday and it was met with mixed reviews. DJ LeMahieu likes that it forces the players to get going at game speed, but Nolan Arenado worries that it will force players to react in the same way and doesn't account for their differences as hitters.

Pace-of-game changes, new slide rule adopted |
Yesterday, MLB announced a couple of rule changes that will go into effect for the 2016 season. The new slide rule, which is most likely a direct response to Chase Utley breaking Ruben Tejada's leg in the NLDS last season, eliminates slides like the one Utley made. The second change puts a 30 second clock on mound visits that begins when the manager or coach steps foot out of the dugout. No more slow walks to the mound to buy time for the bullpen.

How Excited Are You for Baseball? | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Sullivan over at FanGraphs is working on a project and wants to know, how excited are you for meaningful baseball? He wants you to vote based on the team you support, so if you're a Rockies fan, be sure to vote in the Rockies poll!