The weekend is a great time to kick back and reflect. This Week in Purple is the place to catch up on the news from our team at Purple Row. You’ll find links to Rockpiles and other content below as well as a platform for community discussion in the comments.
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This week was a big one for the Rockies. Not only did they win their first game of the second half, but Elias Díaz was also named MVP of the All-Star Game — the first Rockie to ever do so — and the Rockies drafted 21 new players to join the organization. Also, the 2024 schedule was released. The Rockies open in Arizona at the end of March, and will travel to Mexico City for a two-game set against the Astros at the end of April. Get your passports ready!
Meanwhile, here’s what our writers had to say about this week:
- In the first round of the MLB Draft, the Rockies chose Tennessee right-hander Chase Dollander. For his Monday Rockpile, Kenneth Weber evaluated the pick and what he could mean for the Rockies future.
The #rockies bolstered their pitching crop in a big way during the first day of the 2023 MLB draft.— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) July 10, 2023
Plus, Grant Lavigne slugs for the Hartford Yard Goats and Fresno Grizzlies’ righty Jackson Cox twirls gems in the latest edition of the Pebble Report. https://t.co/LtcbDE3BKf
- There are 70 games left in the regular season after the All-Star Break and things are looking bleak for the Rockies. For her Tuesday Rockpile, Renee Dechert gave some suggestions as to how the Rockies should spend the second half of this lost season including trading for pitching, allowing young players to keep playing and developing, and utilizing Bud Black’s skillset as a manager.
The Colorado Rockies have 71 games remaining. Now what? https://t.co/PWWmiHP633— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) July 11, 2023
- Speaking of lost seasons, Skyler Timmins looked back on the 64-98 2012 season — the worst in Rockies history so far — for his Wednesday Rockpile. Are there some parallels to be seen between that season and this current one?
The 2023 season is shaping up to be the worst overall in franchise history, echoing shades of the 2012 season https://t.co/PyydoR82B2— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) July 12, 2023
- Keeping with the second-half trend, Skyler wrote a second Thursday Rockpile about how Rockies fans can attempt to enjoy it. Some suggestions include: enjoy the playoff races, embrace trade deadline drama, watch minor league baseball, and just enjoy the game we all love.
- To bookend the week, Joelle Milholm wrote about another Rockies draft pick for her Friday Rockpile — infielder Kyle Karros, son of former Dodger first baseman Eric Karros, who was selected in the fifth round out of UCLA. In his heyday, Karros was a Rockies killer. Can his son become a Rockies star?
The Rockies fifth-round pick in this year’s draft is Kyle Karros, a solid third baseman out of UCLA. If he turns out to be anything like his dad, Eric Karros, when he played against Colorado, the Rockies could have a very promising pick. https://t.co/QDZanr5nsN— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) July 14, 2023
- Affected by Altitude: Wait, we have to play a second half? — This week, Evan, Skyler, and Kenneth wind down the first half of the Rockies’ season, discuss the All-Star game, and talk about the triceratops in the room: what the Rockies need to (and probably won’t) do at the upcoming trade deadline.
This week, @evan_lang27 and @sideline_crowd are joined by @kdub1988 to wrap up the #Rockies first half. There’s also a looming trade deadline that the Rockies need to do something for, and we name our players of the month for June. https://t.co/rrNBhaohnl— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) July 10, 2023
- Monthly Pebble Report Podcast: Draft Preview and June 2023 — Kenneth and Evan preview the 2023 MLB Amateur Draft, discuss movement within the farm system, and name the All-June #Rockies minor league team in the monthly minor league show!
Today @kdub1988 and @evan_lang27 preview the 2023 MLB Amateur Draft, discuss movement within the farm system, and discuss the All-June #Rockies @MiLB team in the monthly minor league show! https://t.co/PSLCpH4CtM— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) July 9, 2023
- MLB Draft: For our complete draft coverage, check out this stream. For write-ups about the Rockies first-round picks, you can see Evan Lang’s immediate reaction to the picks of Chase Dollander, Sean Sullivan and Cole Carrigg. You can find our complete signings tracker here.
- Injury News and Roster Moves: Unfortunately, the injuries to the starting rotation keep piling up. This week it was announced that Antonio Senzatela will undergo Tommy John surgery — the second Rockies starter to undergo the procedure this year. Also, Kyle Freeland injured his non-throwing right shoulder during his final start of the first half last Sunday. In the interim, the Rockies signed veteran righty Chris Flexen and called up Tommy Doyle. Also, Ryan Rolison was placed on the 60-day IL. As far as position players go, Michael Toglia was recalled and Elehuris Montero was optioned before the break. In case you didn’t catch all that, here’s some of it from Friday’s roster flurry:
The Rockies announced the following moves today:— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) July 14, 2023
- Recalled INF/OF Michael Toglia
- Selected the contract of RHP Tommy Doyle (#57)
- Placed LHP Kyle Freeland on the 15-day IL (retroactive to July 11; right shoulder subluxation)
- Placed LHP Ryan Rolison on the 60-day IL
- Schedule Release: The 2024 MLB schedule was released on Wednesday. The Rockies travel early and often, heading to three different countries within the first month. They open on the road again, and will welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Coors Field for the Home Opener. Which series are you most looking forward to in 2024?
Weekend Discussion Topic
This season may be a lost one for the Rockies, but what are you looking forward to most in the second half? Sound off below!
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