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Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu keeps getting better

Rockies news and links for February 21, 2017.

LeMahieu ignores naysayers, keeps improving -

Coming off the best season of his career that saw him hit .348 and win the National League batting crown, Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu told Thomas Harding he has spent his offseason focusing on improving even more as a player.

Catcher Tom Murphy confident he’s ready for big-league job with Rockies - The Denver Post

Rockies rookie Tom Murphy talked with Patrick Saunders about his work with catchers coach Mike Redmond as he prepares for his first full season in the big leagues. Murphy has hit .266/.341/.680 with eight home runs in 32 major league games.

Arenado prepares for bout at the plate -

Third baseman Nolan Arenado has won two straight National League home run crowns, but he told Harding he is ready to improve against some of the best pitchers in the NL West against whom he has struggled in his career.

Rockies’ older bullpen leaves young arms fighting for spots. Carlos Estevez is a test case. - The Denver Post

Nick Groke wrote about Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez and how his role in the bullpen could be a litmus test as to how manager Bud Black will handle the mix of youth and experience in the relief corps.