Walt Weiss told Jack Baer of MLB.com that Jon Gray doesn't have an innings limit this season. If Gray gets four more starts, he should end up with around 170 innings pitched. That's not the case for two of the Rockies' other young pitchers. Tyler Anderson and Jeff Hoffman are both on innings limits, though it's not clear what they are. "With Hoffman, there's a number," Weiss stated, but "I'm not exactly sure what it is." If it's the nice and round 150 for both Anderson and Hoffman, that means we could see two more Hoffman starts and three more from Anderson.
Emmet Rosenbaum has a scouting report of lefty pitcher Jack Wynkoop. While I want to fawn over Wynkoop's strikeout to walk ratio, Rosenbaum considers the projectability of Wynkoop's 6'5" frame. Rosenbaum notes that Wynkoop's fastball sat at 87-90 mph, which is faster than other reports coming from the California League, but he still suggests that Wynkoop would need to add some velocity to find major-league success as a starter. Rosenbaum states that extra velocity could lead to a Wynkoop becoming a back-end starter, but without them, "he's more likely to live and die by his control in a swing role."
Kevin Henry contends that 2017 success for the Rockies partially relies on finishing strong this season. In particular, he writes, "it's key for the team to finish 2016 strong to build momentum for what could be a playoff run next year." I'm not convinced; "momentum" from one season to the next is a stretch. Players have short memories. That's one reason why every team in spring training is convinced that, if things break right and guys are healthy and everyone plays together, this will be the year. Henry also mentions that Walt Weiss's job might be on the line depending on what happens the rest of the season. If that's the case, it's a negative comment on Jeff Bridich. At this point, he should have all of the information he needs regarding whether or not he wants to bring Weiss back next season. Player development matters right now, as well as getting players like Tapia major-league plate appearances, even if they are sporadic. Wins and losses from now until the season ends are merely optics.