Rockies GM Jeff Bridich continues to bombard organization with impactful pitching - The Denver Post
At the center of nearly all offseason maneuvers for the Rockies, was the goal to add impact arms to an organization in desperate need of reinforcements. After biting the bullet last July that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto for three exciting young prospects, Jeff Bridich set the stage, and a plan, into motion.
In the offseason, the addition of guys like Jake McGee, Jason Motte and Chad Qualls brought veteran experience coupled with a fastball-forward approach to bolster a tired bullpen. Organizational success stories for Carlos Estevez and Kyle Freeland emerged in the Arizona Fall League, giving a glimmer of hope to the idea of effective pitching over several years.
The focus set a different tone for the team in Spring Training, as noted by Walt Weiss and Nolan Arenado, who felt the front office’s commitment to winning through the presence of its updated pitching staff. Miguel Castro, 21-year old right hander and Tulowitzki trade-yield, battled pneumonia as well as the competition this spring, and was named to the Rockies 25-man roster earlier this week.
Though the loss of Jairo Diaz, and an early injury to Jason Motte are certainly setbacks, but as it stands the staff has the ability in numbers to carry the weight.
How they can hold up over the length of the season is yet to be seen, but the Rockies are hoping there is no where to go but up.
Mark it down: Arenado primed for MVP season - Rockies.com
Thomas Harding of MLB.com sets his bold prediction for the 2016 season: An MVP campaign from Rockies stud third baseman, Nolan Arenado.
Arenado finished eighth in the voting last fall, after putting up a .287/.323/.575 with 42 homeruns and a league leading 130 RBI.
Harding’s keys to locking down the honors this year include a bump in on-base and slugging percentages, though where the Rockies end up in the standings is also sure to have a hand in the decision.
Five biggest questions facing the 2016 Colorado Rockies- The Denver Post
As the preseason draws to a close, the Post’s Nick Groke can’t help but wonder about some of the possibilities that lie ahead for the Rockies.
Could another losing season mark the end of the Walt Weiss era? What might a Jose Reyes return mean for Trevor Story and the Rockies? How good is too good for Carlos Gonzalez to finish the year a Rockie, and more.
The Top College Prospects by (Maybe) Predictive Stats - FanGraphs
With college baseball season well underway, the elite from all over the country are beginning to separate themselves from the rest. Carson Cistulli pulls the top ten batters and top ten hitters from each conference by employing a set of major league success indicators, commonly used to assess low-minor league prospects.
The rankings are adjusted to include only draft eligible players, making this article a must-read for any draft-minded individual already making their picks and predictions for this year's first-year player draft in June.
A Guide to Opening Day - The Hardball Times
Corinne Landrey has the lowdown on any and all things you could possibly want to know on Sunday’s regular season openers, from morning through the New York Mets at Kansas City Royals nightcap.
The matchup marks a first in Major League Baseball history, as two reigning league champions meet to open the season.
Catch Cardinals-Padres at 11am Mountain Time, Blue Jays-Rays at 2pm and Mets-Royals 8:30.