Thanks to some creative shuffling, the Rockies will open their 2012 season this Friday sporting several surprise players on their 25 man roster. While the debate here on Rox Walk Off has centered around “which platoon player will make the team, Eric Young Jr., Herrera or Nelson” the announcement that all three will make the squad seems to be a politicians way of pleasing everyone.
Another slight surprise is Wilin Rosario, also making the club, with Jordan Pacheco as a potential third catcher (when he isn’t covering the hot corner or spelling Helton/Giambi.)
The team will carry g a 5th outfielder in Tyler Colvin. Not a surprise with the way he has been playing this spring, but a surprise having so many gloves in the outfield.
Perhaps the biggest head-scratcher is Matt Reynolds making the bullpen after his horrible Spring against lefties.
Don’t get too comfortable with all of these extra players on the team though because one will have to say goodbye come Saturday as Moyer is activated and another on April 15th when Drew Pomeranz makes his first start.
I guess we can view this as an “Extended Spring Training Tryout” of sorts, waiting to see which of the “extras” shakes out, making April 16th the “true” 25 man roster for team.
Those making the opening day roster:
Josh Outman (food poisoning, so if not ready then White might take place)
Eric Young Jr.