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Rookie class could turn Rockies into contenders as early as 2017

The current crop of Rockies rookies is drawing comparisons to the rookie class of 2006.

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Trevor Story, David Dahl lead rookie class that could make Rockies contenders in 2017 | The Denver Post

There’s no denying that the onslaught of talent to emerge from the Rockies’ farm system this season has given fans something to get excited about. But it’s an excitement that is echoed inside the Rockies clubhouse as well. Veteran teammates DJ LeMahieu and Nick Hundley share their praises for the rookie class, with special regards to their offensive output and the unexpected dominance of Tony Wolters behind the plate.

Walt Weiss and Ryan Spilborghs each offered their thoughts on what is setting this team up for contention, namely the camaraderie between players like Trevor Story and David Dahl. The bright future of the franchise has admittedly caught the eye of Carlos Gonzalez, who, will consider all options upon entering free agency in 2017, but is open to the idea of winning with this team for years to come.

Eddie Butler still hopes for chance at Rockies’ starting rotation | The Denver Post

With the Rockies’ starting rotation filling up with promising young talent, Eddie Butler is working to be more than just an afterthought. Butler made 15 starts for Triple-A Albuquerque this season, in which he went 8-3 with a 4.45 ERA. After making some mechanical adjustments with Isotopes pitching coach Daryl Scott, Butler saw the velocity and movement that got him to the big leagues two years ago return. Confident he will continue to become more effective deeper into games, Butler has his sights set on a rotation spot, but is open to a relief role if it’s what the Rockies need. Manager Walt Weiss told reporters that the organization is still looking at Butler as a possible rotation piece.

Dahl named to MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Year |

Rookie outfielder David Dahl lands a spot on MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Year following a .484/.529/.887 tear through Triple-A and historic hit streak to begin his major league career. Dahl is one of 12 prospects to make the list, which boasts names like Yoan Moncada, Alex Bregman and Trea Turner.