Joe Clarkin has an article for Beyond the Box Score about the Rockies’ success in developing Jon Gray and the positive outlook for his career despite playing half his games at Coors Field. Clarkin attributes Gray’s success to his best two pitches, a fastball and his devastating slider, which was one of the best pitches in baseball in 2016.
ESPN has released their first set of power rankings for 2017, putting the Rockies at 16th, along with outlining a best and worst-case scenario for them.
In The Denver Post, Nick Groke profiles the Rockies’ attempts to cut down on walks going into 2017 and their success with doing so in Cactus League action. Rockies pitchers have walked the fifth-fewest batters in baseball this spring, and it would be a big boost to the club if that carried over into the regular season.
Rockies starter Kyle Freeland struggled in Monday’s 6-5 Cactus League loss to the Rangers, allowing four runs on seven hits in 42⁄3 innings, walking three and striking out five. On the offensive side of things, Alexi Amarista hit his first home run of the spring.