After a closer look at 10 position players who made a strong first impression on Statcast in their debut seasons, it’s time to do the same for rookie pitchers.
Rockies right-hander German Marquez lives in San Felix, Venezuela, about a five-hour drive from the nearest Venezuelan Winter League team. So his 2017 rookie year — an 11-7 record with a 4.39 ERA to earn a spot on the Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team — has made him an unquestioned local celeb.
The Rockies and D-backs, two clubs with a combined 14-year postseason drought before clinching berths in tonight’s National League Wild Card Game, will square off at Chase Field at 8 p.m. ET on TBS. The winner will advance to meet the Dodgers in the NL Division Series presented by T-Mobile, which begins on Friday.
Rockies right-handed pitcher Zach Jemiola was slowed by an oblique injury in 2017, but he has found his way back onto the prospect radar that matters.
Shortstop Trevor Story and right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis would rather it have been the Rockies, but a part of them felt good that the Astros won the World Series. Neither Texan grew up in Houston, but Story and Bettis were touched by the suffering they saw in their home state when Hurricane Harvey hit.
It’s no secret that the Rockies would like to find a way to re-sign free-agent closer Greg Holland and catcher Jonathan Lucroy to multi-year deals. They wouldn’t hesitate to bring back reliever Pat Neshek, and if outfielder Carlos Gonzalez would be interested in a one-year deal to rebuild his market value, he could return, too.
The Rockies added outfielder Yonathan Daza, left-hander Sam Howard (rated Colorado’s No. 12 prospect), catcher Chris Rabago and right-hander Jesus Tinoco to the 40-man roster on Monday, hours before the deadline to protect players from Rule 5 Draft eligibility.
Nolan Arenado was the big winner for the Rockies on Friday night as he captured a pair of Esurance MLB Awards while teammate Chad Bettis also took home one.
Nolan Arenado’s efforts earned him five nominations for this year’s Esurance MLB Awards, more than any other player. Charlie Blackmon is also nominated for Best Major Leaguer. Bud Black is up for Best Manager and senior vice president and general manager Jeff Bridich is in the running for Best Executive.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said he has been in contact with free-agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy in an effort to re-sign him, and the team is also kicking around options at first base.
Rockies skipper Bud Black finished third in voting for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America National League Manager of the Year Award, as revealed Tuesday on MLB Network. The D-backs’ Torey Lovullo finished first, while the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts came in second.
Heading into the 2017 season, the postseason was a place many of the key Rockies had never been. Not Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu or Nolan Arenado — the top three hitters in the lineup. Not any of their starting pitchers. Not even any of the catchers that were supposed to be leading these pitchers when […]