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Tyler Chatwood could be an impact arm for Rockies in 2016

Chatwood put up a 142 ERA+ in his most recent "full" season -- but that was way back in 2013.

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Tyler Chatwood is good. Tyler Chatwood has trouble staying healthy.

Both of those statements are equally true. But it Chatwood can find a way to not be one of those things -- preferably, the second one -- in 2016, huge dividends could be on the way for the Rockies. Since joining the Rockies' rotation on a full-time basis in 2013, Chatwood owns a 3.39 ERA (131 ERA+). The big problem with that, of course, is that the 26-year-old (yes, he's only 26) righty has logged only 135⅓ innings spanning 24 starts during that time, largely due to undergoing Tommy John surgery early in 2014.

It helps, as Lyle Spencer notes in the article, that Chatwood is a very good athlete, which could aid him in limiting any side effects that would otherwise occur as a result of conditioning issues or anything like that. He's just gotta get some reps, keep his elbow healthy and allow his talent to carry him. If Chatwood can accomplish that in 2016, his addition will be just as good as -- and probably better than -- any pitcher the Rockies could've realistically acquired this offseason.

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