30/30 BRKDWN – Colorado Rockies

Joseph Caruso
NHL/MLB Analyst

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The 2021 MLB season will be here before we know it. Pitchers and catchers reported on time, Spring Training is underway, and we might have a full 162 game season with fans — hopefully. Between now and Opening Day, we plan to BRKDWN each team’s offseason reviews and what to look forward to this upcoming season. Next, the Colorado Rockies. 

Key Additions:

C.J. Cron (Free Agent)

Key Subtractions:

Daniel Murphy (Retired)

Kevin Pillar (Free Agent)

David Dahl (Free Agent)

Nolan Arenado (Trade)

Tony Wolters (Free Agent)

2020 Look Back

26-34 .433 W% 4th in NL West, Did Not Qualify for Postseason

Runs: Trevor Story (41)

Home Runs: Trevor Story (11)

Avg.: Raimel Tapia (.321)

Slg.: Trevor Story (.519)

ERA: Yency Almonte (2.93)

K’s: German Marquez (73)

WHIP: Tyler Kinley (1.056)

*Min 20 IP

Projected 2021 Season

This season will be a full on tank for the Colorado Rockies. After dealing franchise icon Nolan Arenado for a bucket of baseballs the Rockies are now seen as one of if not the worst franchise in the MLB. There is no sugar coating it outside of two guys on the team, no one else is expected to really produce at a high level. With the already shaky pitching staff and the Coors effect this team will give up a lot of runs this year.

Projected Lineup

CF – Raimel Tapia

2B – Ryan McMahon

SS – Trevor Story

RF – Charlie Blackmon

1B – C.J. Cron

LF – Sam Hillard

3B – Josh Fuentes

C – Elias Diaz

P- Pitcher

Projected Rotation

RHP German Marquez

RHP Jon Gray

LHP Austin Gomber

RHP Antonio Senzatela

LHP Kyle Freeland

Offense:

275 Runs (15th), 63 Home Runs (22nd), .257 Team AVG. (8th), .405 SLG (17th)

This offense was very solid in 2020 as per usual. However, going into 2021, this lineup is much more bare. While Arenado wasn’t great last season his presence helped the rest of the lineup and now with additional subtractions of David Dahl and Daniel Murphy it will all on Trevor Story, a bounce-back from Charlie Blackmon and breakout outfielder Raimel Tapia to carry the load. The rest of the lineup outside of those players leaves a lot to be desired, however, maybe the Coors effect can give C.J. Cron and others some life.

Pitching:

Team ERA: 5.59 (29th), 393K’s (30th), 1.49 Team WHIP (28th), .280 Opp. Avg (29th)

This rotation as per usual with Rockies’ rotation was terrible last year. With the Rockies bringing back the entire starting rotation does not point to them being much better than one of the worst in the league. The bullpen isn’t much better outside of Yency Almonte and the Coors effect, unlike the bats, kills most chances of any pitcher succeeding in a Rockies uniform. When German Marquez is the ace of your rotation, that is a problem. However, if this team tanks this season, then maybe giving some young guys a shot in September might be the best move.

Top 10 Prospects (Via MLB.com)

  1. Zac Veen OF ETA: 2024 (54th Overall)
  2. Ryan Rolison LHP ETA: 2021
  3. Michael Toglia 1B ETA: 2022
  4. Ryan Vilade OF ETA: 2021
  5. Aaron Schunk 3B ETA: 2022
  6. Brenton Doyle OF ETA: 2022
  7. Helcris Olivarez LHP ETA: 2023
  8. Chris McMahon RHP ETA: 2023
  9. Elehuris Montero 3B ETA: 2021
  10. Drew Romo ETA: 2024

Speaking of the prospects, the Rockies do not have many good ones. With only one prospect in the MLB Top 100 and a very weak prospect pool, there needs to be a massive revamp of acquiring talent, specifically in the international pool of players who could be picked up. With Trevor Story rumored to be the next player out of town, a massive haul of prospects should be the expected return to bolster the prospect pool.

Move that needs to happen

Maximize the Value of Story, Blackmon

With the Arenado trade, the direction of the team was very clear and that is to sell off and rebuild on what was the wasted potential of Arenado. Trevor Story should have another all-star type season and a return to form from Charlie Blackmon would be the best for this team. Maximizing the value of those two players whether they are traded by the deadline or in the offseason, the Rockies need to get a haul for both of them.

Final Thoughts

While this team will toil at the bottom of the NL West, it is the right thing to do with the Dodgers and Padres clearly the class of the division. The Rockies along with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be battling it out for the worst team in baseball this season, but the Rockies situation is much more frustrating from a casual and die-hard fan perspective. Let’s hope they do it correctly.