As the Rockies fight for their third consecutive postseason appearance, they will likely look to their tried and true players to get the job done. Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon, and Nolan Arenado will probably head that charge. However, hopefully the team can recognize that they have some incredible young talent to rely on when they need some depth as the season carries on. Jonathan Mayo has compiled a list of the Top 30 Prospects to watch out for. At the very top of the list is Brendan Rodgers, who stands a chance to have a big impact on the Rockies this season. Colton Welker comes in at number two, bringing some powerful hitting along with him. Garrett Hampson lands at the third spot, having made his debut with the Rockies last year. Next is pitcher Peter Lambert, who has demonstrated solid control over his pitches. The fifth spot goes to Grant Levigne, another young first baseman. The rest of the list has some promising names as well, like Josh Fuentes and Will Gaddis. We’ll see how the youngsters fare with the Rockies in 2019.
Bud Black, the manager on duty as the Rockies achieved back-to-back playoff appearances, signed a contract with the Rockies that will keep him in Denver until the 2022 season. Jeff Bridich is excited to extend the contract, emphasizing Black’s role in their success and his integral part of the organization.
Antonio Senzatela seems to have things pretty well figured out. In his spring debut game, his slider was solid, his changeup charged on through, and his curveball curved just right. Bud Black was pleased with the outing, where the young pitcher showed he’s worked on getting those secondary pitches developed. His 2018 was respectably, when he went 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA. The right-hander wants to have a better 2019, and this was definitely a good way to start it off. In Tuesday’s game, we’ll get to see how Kyle Freeland can kick off 2019.
The Rockies won 12-5 Monday against the Royals, when Raimel Tapia hit 3-for-3 and Antonio Senzatela impressed with his range of pitches. Brendan Rodgers got the start at second base, where he had a Nolan Arenado-style play.