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Rockies pitcher Jon Gray is putting an old myth to bed

Rockies news, notes, and links for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

The Rockies finally developed a pitcher in Jon Gray - Beyond the Box Score

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.

2017 Power Rankings: Best and worst case for every team -

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.

Rockies not walking into the season as starting pitchers have flipped their free passes - The Denver Post

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.

Freeland struggles in bid for rotation spot -

Rockies starter Kyle Freeland struggled in Monday’s 6-5 Cactus League loss to the Rangers, allowing four runs on seven hits in 423 innings, walking three and striking out five. On the offensive side of things, Alexi Amarista hit his first home run of the spring.