With a relatively quiet offseason, the Rockies once again enter a new season with optimism and positives that may lead to a successful playoff run. Or it may end in an April and May of competing only to fall apart and compete for a near .500 run.
I am a strong believer in the Rockies this year. They have the offense, depth that they didn’t have previously, a young rotation full of potential, and a hopefully improved bullpen. The bullpen is easily the weakest of all roster spots, but a healthy Adam Ottavino, a bounce back season from Jake McGee, a risky gamble on Greg Holland, and some young guns may lend to the success of the bullpen.
As mentioned above, the Rockies acquired Holland in the offseason, but the big signing came for what was confusing to many. The Rockies signed Ian Desmond to a pretty hefty five-year deal, to play a position that he has never played before. Desmond will take over first base duties (though Jordan Patterson is likely to see time there at some point in the year), and the Rockies hope he pans out for the large deal he was paid.
Jon Gray will most likely make the opening day start, a back end competition will be the story of spring training, and some intriguing rookies will look to make impacts from the get go.
The biggest pick up for the Rockies was not a position player, nor a reliever coming back from Tommy John, but a new manager that will hopefully mentor the Rockies young staff to a playoff run. Bud Black, ex-Padre coach, will now take the Rockies helm for what is probably one of his most talented teams ever. What he can do with this club remains to be seen, but it is certainly enough to excite the fans and the players.
There are certainly no shortages of storylines for this Rockies spring training season and with that comes the optimism of a new season that most Rockies fans clamor for starting at the fall of the previous season.