The Rockies are humming along in first place and with the best record in the National League. It’s easy to forget, then, that we haven’t seen some of their young exciting players yet this season. Count Murphy in that group as he works his way back from a forearm fracture. Kevin Henry has an update on the situation as Murphy participated in drills on the field on Friday.
Speaking of young studs, Gray is still working his way back to the rotation. Ben Karp has an update on what sounds like a cautious approach to getting Gray back into action. When Gray does return, it will add the team’s best pitcher to a rotation that has already been outstanding.
For those who have been following Rockies’ prospects for a while, it feels like years and years that we have known Rosell Herrera. He has kicked around with his promising talent, both within the organization and in terms of positions on the field. Bobby DeMuro has a scouting report on where things stand now for Herrera, including notes about Herrera playing the corners of the infield.
Let’s check in on how the Ian Desmond deal is playing out in national commentary. Spoiler: still a bunch of pointing and giggling. Even with the first base issue tabled for now because of Mark Reynolds, Desmond has not had a huge impact just yet. Will Leitch checks in on that and the big moves for the rest of the teams in baseball this season.
Oh, so you were looking for another excuse to cringe at the Desmond contract? That’s not the only factor for the Rockies when this big 2018-2019 free agent class hits the market, however. Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu will be at the ends of their current deals, as well. Jeff Passan looks at the situation for the Rockies and the rest of the league for that well-hyped future offseason.