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Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, Feb. 22

It’s only three more days till the Rockies take the field for their first spring training game. It’s the time of year when hope springs eternal for not just fans but also for the ball clubs and players.

Rockies ready to compete with big spenders | Rockies.com

The Cactus League media day was yesterday, and while Jeff Bridich didn’t declare his team a contender, he does expect the team to be compete. There are some interesting similarities between the Rockies and the Royals and Indians of the past few years. However those similarities could simply be anecdotal unless the Rockies young players continue to develop.

Colorado Rockies 2017 season preview: CBS Sports

CBS Sports thinks that the Rockies are a dark horse candidate this year. Much like Eno Sarris’s bold prediction yesterday, this has nothing to do with the Rockies offseason moves and instead a growing realization that the Rockies may actually have one of the best groups of young starting pitchers in baseball.

Rockies hope clubhouse character will translate to success | FanRag Sports

There’s not a lot in here that a Rockies fan wouldn’t already know. However, there is video from FanRag’s interviews with Chad Bettis and Carlos Gonzalez from the aforementioned media day.

Tony Wolters’ rapid development as catcher impresses Rockies manager Bud Black | Denver Post

When one stops and realizes where Tony Wolters was just over a year ago, it’s pretty crazy to think about how far he has come. On February 12, last year, Wolters was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians after posting a .209/.290/.280 slash line in Double-A.

After being claimed off of waivers by the Rockies on the 18th, the fact that Wolters could play both middle infield and catcher seemed like the most intriguing part of the claim. However, after an amazing spring training where he showcased his phenomenal defensive ability behind the plate, Wolters made the big league squad as the backup catcher.

Considering his batting line in Double-A the previous year, the fact that Wolters made the adjustments at the MLB level in half of a season that allowed him to hit .321/.374/.488 after the All-Star break is all the more impressive.