It’s a little tricky to consider the Rockies’ offseason as being lackluster, given the hubbub surrounding the bullpen building. However, other than the signing of Wade Davis, Jake McGee, and Bryan Shaw, very little has gone on. The Rockies have welcomed back Chris Iannetta. At this point, the Rockies are kind of hovering around first basemen and an outfielder. As fans, many of us are anxious to see what the future of these positions hold. We are zeroing in on Spring Training, so I suppose it’s just a matter of waiting to see what the Rockies have planned for the rest of the offseason.
Patrick Saunders at the Denver Post chimes in on what’s going on with the inaction this offseason as well. The Rockies seem to be waiting for the perfect moment to make their move. Part of this has to with hoping to save a little money after spending big on the bullpen. Saunders talks about the potential to bring back Mark Reynolds and what might happen with Carlos Gonzalez. Again, it really is a waiting game as we see how the pieces will fall into place.
When you talk about third basemen, you can’t ignore either Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant. The two have been right at the top for the past couple years. Arenado’s has a stack of Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers, Bryant has a World Series ring and an MVP title. What’s crazy to believe now is that the Colorado Rockies almost drafted Bryant in 2013. They drafted right behind the Cubs, who were anticipated to pick Jon Gray, but snatched up Bryant instead. Having seen the development of all these players, it tickles the brain to consider any other outcome following that 2013 draft.
Carlos Collazo and Kyle Glaser discuss the Colorado Rockies farm system ranking in the whole league. We may have fallen out of the top 10 due to the fact that many of the prospects have moved up and now are major leaguers. This list consists of Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, Jeff Hoffman, and Antonio Senzatela. Carlos and Kyle still agree that despite these movements, the Rockies still have a solid system. They look at 20-year-old Brendan Rodgers, who is projected to be a star for the Rockies. He stole the show in Single A Lancaster; however, when he got up to Double A Hartford, he had a bit of regression. The next tier of prospects that they talk about include Riley Pint and Ryan McMahon. Pint struggled in 2017, having to repeat Single A Asheville. They debate the wisdom of Ryan McMahon at first base, both defensively and as a hitter. The Rockies cannot well afford to purchase our talent from other teams; therefore, we rely on cultivating our farm system for talent. Thus far, we’ve been able to get players like Trevor Story, David Dahl, and Ramiel Tapia, showing that we know how to develop our players. This podcast delves into not only the high tier, but also middle- to low-tier prospects, speculating about who is likely to see the majors.
Lefty reliever Keith Hessler to the Rockies
Source: Lefty reliever Keith Hessler to the Rockies on a minor-league deal. Has 35 games of MLB experience with ARZ, SD.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 10, 2018
Maybe not an addition to the super bullpen, but the Rockies have signed lefty Keith Hessler as a relief pitcher in a minor league deal.