David Dahl’s rib injury last year completely altered his impact on the Rockies. As the offseason has progressed, we’ve kept an eye on him, cheering him on as he first swung a bat and re-established himself as a contender. It hasn’t been easy for him, but Dahl has been working hard to get back to where he was. In his early days, Dahl blew us away, with a hitting streak to write home about. Dahl has been working on his swing, and it would be incredible to see a return to what we saw last year, but Dahl is focused on remaining healthy. He is currently in competition for one of the outfielder spots. He is tackling spring training as a chance to prove to Bud Black that he deserves a spot on the team.
Antonio Senzatela burst his way onto the Rockies scene last year, showing that he can be an impressive force on the mound. He threw pretty well in 2017, but he mostly threw fastballs, relying on them about 70% of the time. When he was able to have control over other pitches, he was nearly unstoppable. However, his reliance on the fastball made him a little too predictable to have any longevity of success. Senzatela’s passion has shone through, clear in how hard he has worked to change it up. He understands that he needs some more complexity and has done what he can to improve. The Rockies signed the Venezuelan at 16, and he wowed the minors with his fastball.
But he lacked development. The Rockies are hoping he can mix it up and become an even bigger threat on the mound. He has the potential, without a doubt, but his place on the team relies on his ability to provide the versatility that the team needs.
One of the many things that we love about our third baseman Nolan Arenado is his intense passion and commitment to the sport of baseball. He pushes not only himself to be the best possible, but the entire team to do the same. Sure, Arenado is a star, but success in 2018 will depend on the entire team working together towards the same goal. The young Rockies team can look to Arenado, who wants to be a part of the team every day that he can. If they can all follow his lead, the team will stand a good chance. If they all play with the same amount of heart and desire to win that Arenado epitomizes, that’s all us Rockies fans can ask for.
Scott Oberg is looking for his spot in the 2018 bullpen. The 28-year-old stepped up to help the Rockies get to the postseason. His goal this year is to take the good from last year and build on it to be the best option he can be for the Rockies. He doesn’t necessarily care how often he gets to pitch, as long as he can do whatever he can to help the team win. He’s hoping to learn from the great relievers the team gained in Bryan Shaw and Wade Davis. The benefits from the super bullpen will extend beyond the stars, making the entire pitching staff the best that it can be in the 2018 season.
Bud Black took the Rockies and led them to a winning season last year. It can be a little tricky to measure the success of a manager in terms of statistics. However, I think it’s clear to see the overall positive impact that Black had on the organization. Not only do the numbers indicate the success of the 2017 season, but the way that Black was able to step in and handle all the hurdles thrown his way proves that he is a good fit for the Rockies. Hopefully, Black can lead this young 2018 Rockies team to even more success.