Ryan McMahon had a pretty impressive rookie season, coming through and saving the day in several games. Sure, he lined out to end his season, but the Rockies still have hope for the youngster. He’s a productive offensive player, something that Colorado desperately needed this year. McMahon can fill a number of different positions, primarily first base, replacing Ian Desmond who will likely move to the outfield. Second base is also a possibility, with questions surrounding DJ LeMahieu’s future in purple. McMahon is ready to be flexible, as he has the versatility to play in a number of positions. He’s got some work to do, for sure, but he has certainly shown that he has real potential.
In what comes as a surprise to no one, Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu have been named as finalists for the Gold Glove Award at third and second base, respectively. Arenado is not new to this, as he has won the award in the last five seasons. LeMahieu has some experience as well, winning it in 2014 and 2017. Winners will be announced November 4.
Trevor Story had an outstanding 2018 season. He made it to the All Star Game and was a big factor in the Rockies getting to the playoffs. So it was a bit of a surprise to see his name was not on the list of finalists for the Gold Glove Awards. In an interesting twist, the three candidates for Gold Glove at shortstop are all in the NL West. When we look at the numbers, though, it kind of makes sense. The numbers hardly reflect the kinds of phenomenal plays that he showed us. He is a player on the rise, and I can only imagine we’ll see more and more from him.