We exit the bottom five of our Pre Spring Training MLB Power Rankings at #24 with the Colorado Rockies.
Projected Record: 77-85 4th in the NL West
Potential Lineup: CF Blackmon #19, SS Reyes #7, RF Gonzalez #5, 3B Arenado #28, LF Para #TBD, 2B LeMahieu #9, 1B Paulsen #10, C Hundley #4, Pitcher
Potential Rotation: 1.De La Rosa #26, 2.Bettis #35, 3.Lyles #24, 4.Gray #55, 5.Chatwood #27
Potential Bullpen: CL McGee #TBD 8th Motte #TBD, 7th Miller #60, Mid Relief: Qualls #50 , Diaz #47, Friedrich#53 Rusin #52
Potential Bench: OF Barnes #1, IF Descalso #3, C Garneau #50, IF Adames #18 IF Reynolds #TBD
The Rockies had anothor disappointing season in 2015 losing 94 games and finishing in the National League West Basement. The team finally made the decision to trade the heart and sole of their franchise who had been the star of many trade rumors over the last few seasons Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays which begins a new era for baseball in Colorado. The Rockies never have problems hitting playing in the best hitters park in the majors Cores Field. The team finished fifth in the majors in runs scored in 2015 greatley in part to a core group of three Rox sluggers. Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado, and DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu and Arenado both earning All Star nods as Gonzalez was snubbed. LeMahieu in a breakout season batted .301 knocked in 61 runs played stellar defense in route to becoming an all star game start As for the Rox relief unit the pen finished dead last in bullpen ERA at 4.70 but did make some additions that should help improve the bullpen for the team in 2016. Adding veterans Jake McGee, Chad Qualls and Jason Motte, both who have closing experience. With Adam Ottavino planning on coming back mid year from Tommy John Surgery the Rockies bullpen has potential to be much improved from a year ago. The Rockies have the offense to be a playoff team but with a really bad starting rotation the playoffs look like a big dream in 2016 rather than a possible reality.