Colorado Rockies
Draft History
Kyle Freeland - protection
56 - Tyler Wade
68 - Max Moroff
122 - Jose Ramirez
132 - Kyle McGrath
134 - Mark Zagunis

Trevor Story - protection
6 - David Dahl
32 - Chad Kuhl
46 - German Marquez
100 - Matt Szczur
106 - Tim Adelman

Jon Gray - protection
17 - Socrates Brito
48 - Trayce Thompson
77 - Luis Sardinas
85 - Liam Hendricks
100 - Tyler Wilson

Tyler Matzek - protection
50 - Philip Gosselin
55 - Nick Martinez
58 - Eric Campbell
61 - Zach Putnam
80 - Roberto Perez
125 - Hernan Perez

Nolan Arenado - protection
37 - Tyler Lyons
44 - Tim Beckham
67 - Mike Dunn
69 - Brandon Cumpton
74 - Jeff Bianchi

Josh Rutledge - protection
21 - Anthony Gose
25 - Jarrod Dyson
51 - Martin Maldonado
58 - Jordan Norberto
74 - Pedro Strop
117 - L.J. Hoes
132 - Hernan Perez

Wilin Rosario - protection
6 - Anthony Rizzo
27 - Ryan Vogelsong
58 - Tom Milone
79 - Steve Lombardozzi
118 - Zack McAllister
126 - Elliot Johnson

Jonathan Herrera - protection
5 - Jonny Venters
35 - Brandon Beachy
53 - Osvaldo Martinez
65 - Daniel Descalso

70 - Brett Hayes

Eric Young Jr. - protection
6 - Mat Latos
10 - Marc Rzepczynski
31 - Landon Powell
51 - Wilkin Ramirez
68 - Adam Rosales

Clint Barmes - protection
28 - Brandon Boggs
65 - James Parr
72 - Wil Venable
87 - Sharion Martes
94 - David Robertson
98 - Ryan Feierabend

Franklin Morales - protection
138 - Manny Acosta

Troy Tulowitzki - protection
6 - Dan Uggla
36 - Juan Cruz
66 - Taylor Tankersley
83 - Chris Britton
96 - John Mabry

Cory Sullivan - protection
1 - Brian McCann
20 - Bobby Jenks
46 - Blaine Boyer
61 - Chip Ambres
100 - Matt Guerrier
129 - Scott Munter

Matt Holliday - protection
14 - Luis Gonzalez
44 - Scott Dohmann
72 - Mike Wuertz
104 - Joe Horgan
113 - Justin Leone
134 - Allan Simpson

Chin-Hui Tsao - protection
9 - Tike Redman
69 - Aaron Miles
104 - Jason Boyd
113 - Tommy Phelps

Dennis Stark - protection
52 - Ryan Ludwick
73 - Ken Huckaby
94 - Joe Lawrence
96 - Justin Wayne

Juan Uribe - protection

85 - Kevin Olsen

86 - Kenny Kelly
114 - Dave Coggin
125 - Jason Grilli
135 - Dennis Cook
Team Pages
Past Owners:
Josh Nelson 2007-2008
Greg Jones 2006
Jorge Santos 2003-2005
Jim Stathes 2002
Del Peterson 1996-2001

Overall Record
Win Loss Pct
1656 2070 .444
Est. 1996
Owner: Glenn Staffeld - 2009
Rockies Instruction sheet
Colorado Rockies Award winners

Rookie of the Year
2007 - Brian McCann

Silver Sluggers
2012 - Troy Tulowitzki - SS
2011 - Troy Tulowitzki - SS
2010 - Troy Tulowitzki - SS
2008 - Matt Holliday - OF
2007 - Matt Holliday - OF
2002 - Juan Pierre - CF
2017: 80-82 6 GB Draft position 14th(traded)
Overview: The Rockies finished within a game of .500 last year. In their last 4 years they have been within 3 games of .500 each year. Before that, they did have some years further back. However, they have begun to settle into the .500 club mantra. However, one thing the Rockies do well is be active. They are not one to sit back and just watch. They stepped up and moved Tulowitski before he fell off. They also are active early in the trading season, trying to find the right fixes. Will that get them into the next group, the group that contends for the playoffs? Iíll admit, when I decided to write the NL Heaters the team I was most looking forward to analyzing was these Rockies.
The Rockies are an interesting study. Many teams complain that they can not compete in the NBC league, citing several reasons. The main response to these teams is to be active on the trade market. Not all trades work out, but teams that are active on the trade market typically do end up figuring things out. Or do they? Maybe there are teams that trade often but do not end up better. The Rockies are a team that is involved. They have a division lacking of a true power house team. The division is there for the taking, if a team is motivated and has some parts available. How do the Rockies fit? That is the question I have wanted to study.

Starting Rotation: This rotation is headlined by three young Rockies starters. Jon Gray leads the group and is a suitable top of the rotation pitcher. He may not match up well vs the likes of Scherzer, but he doesnít back down from others. The number two spot is a bit more open, although German Marquez might be the guy to win that role. Kyle Freeland slots in then as the third starter. While these three arenít going to be favorable to some playoff rotations, they will win games against the middle and weaker teams. Therefore, it puts the Rockies in a good position. Tim Adleman might get the fourth spot, but yikes donít pitch him at home. He will have trouble keeping the ball in the park and also relies on his outfield defense. Neither a recipe for success at Coors. Chad Kuhl likely rounds out the rotation and fills in for some of the younger guys. Wade Miley is also around, but the Rockies might not be tempted to use him. It seems that this rotation is a year or two away from being a true strength, but as it is this group is not bad. There are many teams with worse.

Bullpen: In the majors, the talk is to win at Coors you need to win the late innings. The starters will get beat up and therefore leave earlier. That could be the case here as well. David Robertson is far and away the best reliever in this group. He matches up well with any reliever in the game, the only real problem is the lack of a closer rating. Still, get him in for the key out in the 8th, let him start the 9th clean and you could have a good thing going. Pedro Strop works as a link to Robertson. Mike Dunn as well. Those three should see a lot of innings. Watson, Wilson and Gearrin will see innings as well, but have their warts. All rely a bit on the outfield defense as well as allowing perhaps a bit too many runners. Still, they arenít the guys being relied on for the key outs. The pen is fine, and if the Rockies wanted they could add to it.

Starting Lineup: The Rockies are led by some big names. Anthony Rizzo will again dazzle us with his offensive prowess. Nolan Arrenado the same, especially against lefties. Steven Souza makes three really good bats. Trevor Story does damage against lefties but vs righties needs a bit of help. The Rockies are lacking a true solid second baseman, however Dixon Machado will get time and be ok. Chris Owings could actually play second, but if the Rockies get help at second in the draft could shift over to spell Story at short. Jarrod Dyson will get the most time in center. Matt Szczur actually will present above average offense this year, albeit in limited action. Newly acquired Tapia will have his moments but not too many of them this year. Ian Desmond will also fill out the playing time. At catcher, the Rockies are mixing and matching a few guys, nothing to write home about but Perez will be fine. The lineup has some star power, and they will win a few games for the Rockies. It lacks depth, however, and that might be the differentiating factor keeping the Rockies around average.

Defense and Speed: Coors field affects outfielders like no other stadium does. Teams need to plan for this to prevent too big of a loss. The Rockies do not have excellent range in the outfield, and as such could have problems there. The rest of the team is just average, which means they arenít going to be saving runs on defense. There are plenty of guys capable of swiping a base. Rizzo, surprisingly, can do so. Ian Desmond still does as do Jarrod Dyson and Steven Souza. Thus, the Rockies could play a little small ball especially on the road.

Surplus/Deficiencies: The Rockies donít have glaring holes in their lineup. Defensively, they could use a boost in the outfield. Otherwise, this team is set to go as is and thus the draft and focus on helping long term.
Outlook: The Rockies have stuck around .500 over the last few years. I donít see this exact grouping of Rockies players to be quite enough to step past the Phillies or the Twins this year. Things could break differently, especially depending on what each team does in the draft, and that could make it a bit more interesting. More likely, however, the Rockies will tread water another year. I expect they finish above the .500 mark this time.