The Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Rockies Triple-A affiliate from 1993 to 2014, may be on the move as the team's owners are set to meet with the San Antonio city council next week about a move to the city, which is currently home to the San Antonio Missons, the Double-A affiliate of the Padres.
The Sky Sox, still in the Pacific Coast League but now a Brewers affiliate, have been unable to get a new stadium in Colorado Springs to replace Security Service Field, which was built in 1988 and is, quite frankly, not the best place to watch a baseball game. If the Sky Sox do move, it would leave the Rookie league Grand Junction Rockies as the only minor league team in Colorado.
Purple Row's Eric Garcia McKinley, also a contributor at Beyond the Box Score, discussed the Rockies for BtBS' NL West preview, highlighting the team's walk rate as a key stat for Colorado in 2016. The Rockies walked in just 6.4% of their plate appearances in 2015, which put them 28th in baseball.
Starting pitcher Tyler Matzek returned to Rockies Spring Training yesterday after spending two weeks in Denver with a mental skills coach. Nick Groke caught up with Matzek and said that the future of the southpaw is currently up in the air, though he will certainly not start the season on the Rockies roster.
One pitcher that will open the season with the Rockies is 21-year-old right-hander Miguel Castro, who will be in the team's bullpen on Opening Day after a strong Cactus League performance. Thomas Harding has the full story on Castro, who is already seeing his second big league Opening Day after beginning last season with the Blue Jays.
After having struggled in previous Aprils, Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa told Thomas Harding that he is hoping to use an Opening Day start Monday night in Arizona as a springboard to a strong start to 2016.
Purple Row's Eric Garcia McKinley review's Jeff Passan's new book The Arm for Baseball Prospectus. Stay tuned here today for an interview with Passan, as well as the opportunity to win a copy of the book.
The Purple Dinosaur Podcast is back for another episode as Anthony Masterson and Tyler Maun bring you their preview of the 2016 Rockies season with a comprehensive preview, including their predictions for the upcoming year.
The two newest members of the Purple Row staff, Isaac Marks and Logan Bannon, have their own preview of the upcoming Rockies season and more on episode 21 of their AltiTwo Talk Show.