Spring Training Notes

I went to the Brewers game on Saturday and Angels game on Sunday.  Here are my observations in no particular order.

I think Garrett Hampson is the dark horse candidate to make the team as the super utility with Patty Barrels and Sean O’Malley out of action.

Ryan McMahon is carrying himself well acting like he’s been there many years.  A very confident man and he will be on OD roster starting at 1B.  He has fielded his position very well.

Brendan Rodgers is ready for AAA and almost the majors, but not quite ready for The Show.  Hampson is more polished for the utility role.

Raimel Tapia has looked real good in the outfield, but he has been a disappointment at the plate and on the base paths.  He’s on a pace to set the Rockies’ ST record for most TOOTBLANs.

Trevor Story is still showing his power, but he keeps getting way out front on sliders.  Needs to learn how to not sit on one pitch and be ready for either heaters or soft pitches.

Brian Mundell – his power is real; still need to see more of him to see if he’s an all around player.  He hit the ball practically out of the stadium 100 feet foul.

Dan Castro is not the answer as the utility man on the bench when the Rockies gave him a chance.

David Dahl is going to be OD starter.  What rust are we talking about?

Ian Desmond is a major disappointment so far;  I hope he finds his groove before OD.

In my unqualified judgement, Mike Tauchmann is the best fit for lead off role if Chuck_Nazty is not going to be in the one hole.

Noel Cuevas impressed me, even more so than Tapia.

Tom Murphy is still striking out way too often.  Anthony BemBOOM could, might surpass him on the depth chart.  I don’t know how Bemboom’s game calling is.

Pitchers, both starters and relievers, are doing pretty good considering it’s spring training.  It’s the garbage relievers that have been looking terrible such as Zac Rosscup and James Farris.  I’m not sure why I haven’t seen Jairo Diaz yet.

Anybody else make their observations, just put them in comments below.  Enjoy spring time!

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Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

RMH, good insight, and I’m liking the excitement that’s brewing for 2018! Tulo: not expected to be ready on opening day. This time it’s “bone spurs.” Say what you will about the O’Dowd Era, but you’ll have to admit he did one great thing – he drafted Tulo when many had him lower on the draft board. Say what you will about Bridich so far, but he’s done one great thing – he traded Tulo. Sure, we had to live… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

5 stars, Ag. (And here’s what I will say: FC!)

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago

RMH – I agree with you regarding Tauchman, I think he makes the team, and contributes.

During my Phoenix long weekend , I was on a quest to see as many “Prospects” as possible (from all teams). One that I really wanted to see, but missed, was Luis Castillo. He’ll be the SP today for the Reds, against the Rockies. Should be fun.

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

Tauchman is certainly getting a long, long look in the first half of Spring Training. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he makes the club. His main problem on this team? He’s left handed. What I’d love to see: Brendan Rodgers in the Pat Valaika role to start the season, then optioned down when Valaika comes back. I know teams don’t like to do that, but I’m getting very intrigued – is it time to move Rodgers ETA up… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago

We just got CARGOed. So much for Tauchman’s chance.

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

This probably has as much to do with Arenado saying they needed Cargo back because he is their clubhouse leader.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/03/rockies-close-to-deal-with-carlos-gonzalez.html

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

Ouch, Carp. Cargo? Why? If they wanted to go for the aging vet who might have a Coors dead cat bounce, why not Jose Bautista? He’s right handed. Not much place in this lefty-heavy OF/1B lineup for Cargo unless it’s in a loose platoon with Desmond (Cargo is still acceptable vs. righties, or at least “probably better than Desmond against righties”), but Black feels major Bridich-pressure to keep 70 million dollar man Desmond in the lineup. On a totally unrelated… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago

And this “might” be OK if we parlayed Tapia and Patterson and Tauchmann, etc. (some combination of players similar to this) into a player we needed via trade. Bridich has shown a real knack of picking minor league pitching talent (Marquez and Almonte come to mind immediately). But…..I don’t see the Rockies doing this. Ag’s comment above regarding Bautista is spot-on. More or less the same player as far as we know, but RHed….which we can use. Matt Holliday is… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago

This was my instantaneous reaction (well, after “Whaaaat?!… oh no”). I wonder if Bridich is concerned about Dahl long term.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago

Lets attempt to look at the Cargo signing objectively: 1. Signing Cargo over someone like Matt Holliday or Lucas Duda is a vote of confidence for Ryan McMahon. Am I correct in saying Desmond has yet to play 1B this ST? 1B appears to be McMahon’s (a good thing IMO). 2. As far as we know, Parra hasn’t resumed baseball activities following his hamate bone surgery, Realistically, from the time we hear that he’s cleared, it will take 3-4 weeks.… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago

RMH – I caught the Parra “swinging a bat news” not 15 minutes after I wrote my comment. Damn it…..there goes a perfectly good theory down the drain!

I don’t like Cargo and Parra together. Honestly….I don’t like either, but I can live with one. If I had to choose one, I’d choose Cargo because his upside/ceiling is higher.

jimboelrod
jimboelrod
2 years ago

I agree with Bob K, I think this was a signing to appease Arenado and may pay dividends beyond 2019 for that reason.

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

Good comments all around on Cargo. In a vacuum, I don’t hate this at all. But Carp is right: his skill set (and the skills he’s now lacking at his age) are almost an exact duplicate of Parra’s. You really don’t want to use 2 OF roster spots for those 2 guys. Parra had a nice season and is a useful player – deal him. And again, the lefty-heavy thing – I forgot Matt Holliday is still out there. That… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

All…..correct. Robbie Ray is now light years ahead of Greinke.

Regarding Holliday…..he’s played a little bit of 1B and is obviously RHed. But here’s where we absolutely blew it:
Cargo – 1 YR, 8M, OFer. LHed.
Todd Frazier – 2 YR, 17M, Has some legit 1B experience. RHed.

IMO – missing Frazier sunk our playoff chances.

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

The Rockies have a full 40 man roster. Any guesses as to who is going to be DFAed to make room for Cargo?

http://rockiesroster.com/rockies/40-man/

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago

The (potential) worst by-product of the Cargo signing? Moving Nazty back to leadoff. The guys in my Fantasy League (scattered throughout the country – not Rockies fans) were clamoring over this fact last night. Nazty is currently in contract year #2 for $51 in our League. Batting 3rd, an Owner may have (in fact – likely) kept him going into our Auction, Even at that huge salary cap level ($260 cap…..25 players). But if a move back to leadoff occurs,… Read more »

Julian
Julian
2 years ago

It’s been a while. I don’t love the Cargo signing, but maybe it makes sense for the following reasons: there’s a clubhouse benefit that we don’t appreciate from the outside; Tapia still have some things to learn (such as how to steal bases) and could stand to spend part of one more season at AAA; Dahl looks rusty, although with some power and could stand to spend some time in AAA; Desmond looks terrible; and Parra is coming off of… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Reply to  Julian

No DFA for Cargo’s activation. Rayan Gonzalez who had Tommy John surgery in 2017 has been added to the 60 day DL.

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Rockies option Jemiola to AAA and Daza, Robago and Tinoco to AA. Hilliard, Nunez and Lambert were also reassigned to minor league camp.

https://www.purplerow.com/2018/3/10/17104318/colorado-rockies-transactions-spring-training-cuts

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

Cargo being reported as getting a 1 year/$8 million deal. Which is about $4 million more than I expected him to get. What, we had $8 million sitting around and decided the best use for it was on Cargo? Lance Lynn, perfectly acceptable starter (who may return to post-TJ form, in which case he would project as our best starter) just got $12 million for one year. I’m starting to hate this signing again. It’s just disappointing since everything is… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago

Big “what if,” RMH. What if he hasn’t learned to stop flailing at low and outside pitches, for one thing?

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

This is amusing to me. The deal that the Rockies signed Wade Davis for was first offered to Greg Holland. Holland turned it down and now the Scott Boras client still is unsigned and has a very poor likelihood of anyone offering him a similar contract.

The Rockies apparently offered Jonathan Lucroy a 3 year deal for $21MM. When he turned it down, they signed Iannetta. Lucroy just signed with the Athletics for a one year deal and $6.5MM.

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Rockies players shown as out of options are Chris Rusin and Zac Rosscup. Showing Rusin as out of options is meaningless since he is one of the finest bullpen arms in the MLB. Rosscup is a different matter. He has potential as a Loogy. He is very good at getting left handed batters out but should never be used to face a right handed batter.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/03/mlb-players-out-of-options-2018.html

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

Epic Flail: Ian Desmond, 3 ABs today, 3 Ks. 2 for 28 for the spring. Is it just because I follow the Rockies so I notice it, or are some of our hitters at the farthest end of the “streaky” spectrum? I mean, Desmond (he’s done this before), Story, Cargo in recent years … I’ll have to see if anyone keeps a streaky stat. Meanwhile: Dahl – HR and SB today. I haven’t seen him play since last season’s injury,… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Agree that sitting on the bench would not be good for Dahl or McMahon. Desmond has looked bad all spring.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago

I’ll confess that I’m really torn at the moment regarding my “official” 2018 Rockies record prediction. For positives, I see: 1. Natural maturation of young SPers. 2. Some incremental gains in the BP. 3. Cautiously optimistic McMahon is on the way to winning the 1B job. 4. Dahl’s health is good, and he appears to be getting into baseball “sync.” 5. I believe we’ll see a solid Story bounce back. For negatives I see: 1. The resigning of Cargo instead… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Finally something good from Ian Desmond. With the Rockies trailing 3-0, Desmond led off the 2nd inning with a home run. Later in the 2nd inning with the Rockies leading 7-3, Desmond hit a second solo home run to make it 8-3. Arenado also had a 3 eun homer in the 2nd inning.

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Great to hear, Bob! Desmond AND the rest of them – in one inning!

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Remember Sam Moll? Moll was DFAed by the Rockies and ended up with the Athletics. They eventually DFAed him and he was claimed by the Pirates. The next team that got him was the Mariners. The Mariners DFAed him and he has now been claimed by the Blue Jays. This all started just last fall when he was still a Rockies.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/03/blue-jays-claim-sam-moll.html

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

Bumgarner today vs. the Rox: 6 IP, 1 H (Story), 5 K. I think he’s still got it. And our regular season-esque lineup featured 3 lefthanded hitters – Cargo, Parra, Blackmon – obviously none of them did anything vs. Bumgarner. This is why we needed a righthanded corner bat! And I don’t mean Ian Desmond. (To be fair, Charlie has handled lefties pretty well the last couple years; the others, not so much)

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Estevez and his oblique injury (tweak piece) will not be ready for opening day.

https://roxpile.com/2018/03/20/colorado-rockies-carlos-estevez-wont-ready-opening-day/

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Brendan Rodgers, Garrett Hampson and Jan Vasquez sent to minor league camp. Jordan Patterson was optioned to AAA.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/brendan-rodgers-reassigned-by-rockies/c-269207584

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Mad Bum out with broken left hand after being hit on hand by batted ball.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/03/madison-bumgarner-diagnosed-with-fractured-hand.html

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Shark is out also (even though he’s turned out to be more of a cartoon Shark). Losing two of your starting 5, when having no depth, is tough (duh).

sdcarp’s NL stock watch:
1. Philly up. Way up. This is my NL “Surprise” team.
2. Cincinnati solid up.
3. San Francisco down.
4. San Diego up.
5. Daniel Murphy……down.
6. Aaron Nola…….up.
7. Luis Castillo……up.

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

On a scary note, Detroit released Alexi Amarista. I really hope he finds a home somewhere other than the Rockies.

Looking really bad for the Rockies to get the higher possible draft compensation for Greg Holland signing. If he lasts past draft day, they will not get any compensatory pick.

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago

Guys and girls – when are the final cuts due? I’m bummed about Dahl but I do understand the reasoning (regular playing time). He’s the only player I’ve read about in the last couple days. It’s great to have so many other guys worthy of at least a bench/PH/part-time role. The bits I’ve caught on TV have showed me that our team is good – and ready. Good and ready.

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Opening day for everyone is March 29. The final cuts can happen anytime before the 29th.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
2 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

On a selfish note, I was really hoping to see David Dahl in Pittsburgh and get his autograph on his first MLB batting practice home run ball, which I got in Baltimore a couple of years ago. Some day it will happen!

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago

The little I saw of Otto, he looked the same – pretty wild. Ouch. Is it time to uncross our fingers on his return to form?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
2 years ago

Whoa….the season has snuck up on us! Here’s my 2018 prediction: 79-83 Here’s why: 1. We have done nothing, absolutely nothing, to address our Achilles heel – offense. In fact, we’ve doubled down on aging, regressing players. This will cost a few wins off our 87 win total from 2017. 2. I have maintained that we were very lucky in 2017 to get full, uninjured seasons from our two superstars – Natzy and Arenado. Hopefully that will happen again, but… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

The Rockies 25 man roster currently has 28 players on it. It appears that Hoffman, Estevez and Rosscup will all open the season on the 10 day DL which leaves 25 on the 25 man roster. http://rockiesroster.com/rockies/active/ McMahon and Tauchman have made the opening day roster as backups. In my opinion McMahon needs to be playing every day and may well be doing so. Desmond is listed as an outfielder and according to Harding is expected to be an every… Read more »

Bill
Bill
2 years ago

It’s snowing out so it must be time for Opening Day. I’ve been busy with other things this past winter but will try to stay more active this year. I guess I’m in the minority here but I really think we needed a left-handed power hitter more than a right-handed one. Blackmon is left-handed but Nolan and Story are right-handed. Ianetta with some power is right-handed. Desmond with some power is right-handed. Parra with some power is left-handed but Cargo… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
2 years ago

83-79. I think we’ve got a competitive team, and just like last year if a few things break right we’ll be right in the wild card race. Every year some clear divisional favorite collapses – maybe it’ll be the Dodgers this year? That’s what it would take for any other NL West team to take the division. Right now, the only divisional race worth watching would be Red Sox-Yankees in the AL East. Nats/Cubs/Dodgers/Indians/Astros are all on the order of… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
2 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Represent, Ag! (Love it – the loser bar band that never was worth getting back together :-))

Jeem
Admin
Jeem
2 years ago

New Opening Day piece up in “News.”

Bob K.
Bob K.
2 years ago

Cardinals sigh Holland to one year $14MM deal. Rockies will gain a pick after Compensation Round B since Holland failed to get a $50MM deal. Holland also failed to make the $17.2MM he turned down from the Qualifying Offer and the same 3 year deal that the Rockies offered him before they ended up giving it to Wade Davis.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/03/cardinals-close-sign-greg-holland.html

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