Owen Perkins has an interesting profile on new Rockies reliever Greg Holland, who manager Bud Black insists is “among the frontrunners for the closer's role,” according to Perkins. Getting back to game readiness after 18 months away from the game is taxing and this interview provides a nice window into that process.
In a tradition as old as spring training itself, our first (?) story of a pitcher working on a new or unfamiliar pitch in spring games. In the early part of his career Tyler Chatwood used his curveball right around 10% of the time, but used it less than 5% of the time in 2015 and 2016. It sounds like Chatwood is hoping to add another weapon in his arsenal.
Tony Blengino is using information from StatCast and other sources to try to get a better idea of a hitter’s true talent levels. The analysis is based off exit-speed and launch-angle data to show the quality of contact and what a player “should” have been expected to produce on the field. He looks at 13 players in this piece, including David Dahl, and finds a few concerning trends to watch out for in 2017.
Apparently this is a thing. Chris Rusin and David Price last year raised umpire concerns due to their deliveries. According to a memo circulated, the two pitchers’ delivery made it difficult to tell—especially when runners were on third base—whether they were using a windup or stretch position. This new rule states that all pitchers will have to declare which it is in 2017. Thanks, Chris and David.
UPDATE 8:15 am MT
Today at 10:35 am MT, Ryan Schoppe will be talking about the Rockies on “Upon Further Review with Derek Martin” on KMA-Omaha. The appearance is a part of the station’s 30-in-30 segment previewing the MLB season. Be sure to listen in at the link above!
One more reminder for FanPost Friday. We’ve already had a few so get yours in today and we’ll be able to include it in the recap tomorrow!