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Rockies' David Dahl possesses long-term potential rivaled by few rookies

Colorado Rockies news and links for Sept. 20.

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Top 10 rookies with best long-term futures |

Jim Callis ranks Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager as the most valuable rookie going forward, but Rockies outfielder David Dahl is placed respectably high on the list, coming in at No. 6. Dahl, due to injury, lost some development time that most others on the list didn't, but his combined effort at three levels this season speaks to how talented of a player he is -- and how good he should be going forward.

Callis places injured Rox SS Trevor Story at No. 16 and Jon Gray at No. 20. I'd probably go a little higher with the latter, but what do I know...

DJ LeMahieu does it all to help Rockies win |
Trying to win games is the main reason DJ LeMahieu is leading the National League with a .349 batting average and not the other way around, the budding star second baseman told Thomas Harding. LeMahieu struck out in a key situation late in the game last night but overall consistently puts together better at-bats than just about anyone on the team. That's really saying something this year in particular given the team-wide improvement in approach.

Jeff Hoffman to finish season in Rockies bullpen | Denver Post
It was announced this past weekend that German Marquez would make his first career start to cap off the series against the Cardinals, and yesterday we found out who the rotation casualty would be to allow that to happen. Hoffman hasn't been great since being called up to the majors, but he's pretty clearly hit a wall while pitching a career-high number of innings. The Rockies will limit those innings by placing him in the bullpen, which will allow the highly touted prospect to continue to work on improving on the mound.

More deserving of NL ROY: Trevor Story, Jon Gray or Tyler Anderson? | BSN Denver
The Rockies have a bunch of dynamic rookies and all of them would get a little more Rookie of the Year hype in a different year, when Seager didn't exist and Story didn't get hurt (not to mention an alternate universe where baseball people recognized that if Rockies hitters get credit taken away, all of said credit should be put back on Rockies pitchers).

Purple Monday: Categorizing the Colorado Rockies Bullpen | Rox Pile
Tim Enquist breaks down the Rockies' bullpen into good, bad and ugly. Spoiler: It's mostly bad and ugly, but there might be a surprising name or two in the "good" section.