Sunshine or Rain Forecast for 2020?

After the long season of doing nothing during the off season, most fans think it will be a repeat of 2019.  I will attempt to write some positive points on why they might be a .500 club.  The Rockies were the only team not to sign a free agent to a MLB contract.  Good or bad?  It sounds awful on the surface, but then it might a good thing since GM Jeff Bridich has a history of bad free agent signings.  So this is one less problem!

Of course the off season ended with the volcanic explosion by Nolan Arenado responding to the lack of action by the front office to improve the team.  The volcano probably started boiling back at the trade deadline of 2018 season.  They were in great shape and only needed a piece or two to get them to the peak if the front office only had a win now attitude.  As it turns out, they got eliminated by the Dodgers in game 163 for the division championship and then swept by Milwaukee in the NLDS.  For far too long, the Rockies have been over-valuing their prospects, therefore making it  impossible to add a major piece or two at the trade deadline.

I’m going to drink  some Purple Kool Aid and wear some purple shades in an attempt to find some hope going into the 2020 season.  Let’s start on the offensive side of the ball.  Colorado has two all-star caliber players on the left side of the infield in Trevor Story and Arenado.  Now let’s move to the right side where there is potential but only if BB will look for the best lineup, not the most money.  Ryan McMahon after a long slow start to 2019 started to come into his own.  But he must move over to 1B and put Dan Murphy on the bench.  That will open up 2B for either Brendan Rodgers who was hampered by an injury and Garret Hampson who can provide speed at the top of the order.  Hampson did come on strong towards the end of 2019, but that was against mostly expanded rosters of the opponents.

As usual, the Rockies did nothing to add depth behind the plate.  Tony Wolters is popular and a defensive stalwart.  But that’s about it.  Rockies failed to get a veteran to add depth equivalent to a Yorvit Torrealba.  So we’re stuck with Drew Butera or Dom Nunez?  This is the weakest spot in the lineup.  Heck even German Marquez and Kyle Freeland should bat 8th and C bat 9th.

Colorado will need a healthy David Dahl to man CF for a full season.  Chuck_Nazty will be in RF when he should have been traded to an AL team for a right-handed bat.  But he is still dangerous in the lineup if not in the field.  Ian Desmond must be moved to the bench.  LF should be manned by a fresh face like a Sam Hilliard.  He has the speed and bat to be a regular.  He has nothing left to prove in AAA.  There’s Raimel Tapia but he’s more suited to join Desmond and Murphy on the bench.  We can use his speed late in the game.  Hampson is a nice super utility player that he can play both the infield and outfield.

Let’s move to the defensive side of the ball and it all starts with the rotation.  Freeland had a bad year that he spent the entire off season  overhauling his delivery to eliminate the hitch in his windup.  If this works well, then we will see the 2018 version of K-Free.  If Jon Gray and German Marquez can repeat 2019 or be even slightly better, then BB will have a solid top three of the rotation.  The fourth and fifth spot is still open to competition.  Antonio Senzatela, Peter Lambert, Chi Chi Gonzalez, and about four other pitchers that were added to the 40-man roster will be battling for the final two spots.

The rotation means nothing if the bullpen cannot finish the starters’ work.  In 2019 we started with Wade Davis, Jake McGee, and Bryan Shaw all of whom were awful.  FInally BB took his head out of the sand and it looks like Jairo Diaz, Scott Oberg, and Carlos Estevez can be effective at the back end of the bullpen.  James Pazos and Yency Almonte are the wild cards.  Remember there will be three-batter minimum when a new pitcher comes into the game.  Jeff Hoffman could be placed as a long reliever if he doesn’t make the rotation.

Other items in general that needs to be improved:  stop striking out with runners on base and less than two outs, stop walking batters, give up a quality AB and move runners around, bench must be better with Murphy, Desmond, Hampton, and Tapia.

Go ahead and comment below why we are going to be a 75-win team.  I’m only trying to keep the hopes to balance with the problems.

There was no new post during the off season because I kept waiting for something to happen.  So now spring training will begin roughly 3-4 weeks!  I will be in the Phoenix area from Feb. 29th through March 7th. EdtheUmp will be there as well during most of the month of March.  So let us know if you are going to be in the area so we can have a couple of beers at the Tavern Grille near Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
60 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
sdcarp
sdcarp
9 months ago

I gave you a thumbs down, solely to beat you to the punch! Random questions: 1. Is Jeff Bridich still GM? 2. Is Ed the Ump still alive post “robo Ump” minor league announcement? 3. The DH is coming, slowly but surely (I guess that’s not a question). 4. Some “rumors” yesterday had Kris Bryant for Nolan trade, more or less straight up, after Bryant loss his service time grievance. RMH – this would surely make you head explode, no??????… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
9 months ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Thanks for the chuckle. Those are welcome in late January for multiple reasons.

sdcarp
sdcarp
9 months ago
Reply to  roxnsox

On a semi-serious note, if I were GM, I’d consider an Arenado for Bryant trade (now that Bryant’s service time grievance has been denied) simply because I think Bryant can bring more return in a future trade because he doesn’t have the huge, long term contract (yet). In other words, I’d flip him before the July trade deadline. The receiving team would get Bryant for the remaining portion of 2020 and all of 2021, at a low cost. That’s worth… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
9 months ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I think I could bear to lose Nolan for this kind of return

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Interesting off season for Pat Valaika. The Orioles claimed him off of waivers by the Rockies. The Orioles DFAed him and he was claimed by the Diamondbacks. When the Diamondbacks traded to get Starling Marte from the Pirates, they DFAed Valaika to make roster space. The Orioles have again claimed Valaika.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/orioles-claim-pat-valaika-dfa-branden-kline.html

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Rockies hire long time OF Peter Bourjos as an advance scout.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/rockies-hire-peter-bourjos-as-advance-scout.html

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Rockies sign LHP Zac Rosscup to a minor league deal, again.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/rockies-sign-zac-rosscup.html

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Rockies sign Trevor Story to 2 year deal for $27.5MM. It only covers his final 2 years of arbitration eligibility.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/rockies-nearing-multi-year-contract-with-trevor-story.html

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Dick Monfort predicts 94 win season for Rockies in 2020.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/02/rockies-notes-monfort-murphy-hilliard.html

Agbayani
Agbayani
9 months ago
Reply to  Bob K

94 wins, Dickie! Please step away from brother Charlie and his liquor cabinet. Now, I know this is the time of year to express optimism, etc. And there’s nothing wrong with that. The kind of “I know we had a down year in 2019, but we’re returning all of our core players who got us into the playoff two years in a row in 2017 and 2018, so I’m confident that we’ll be able to turn it around in 2020.”… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago
roxnsox
roxnsox
9 months ago

Mookie Betts to the Dodgers (and David Price, too). I give up.

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Joc Pederson traded to the Angels. Alex Verdugo to the Red Sox and Kenta Maeda to the Twins.

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago
Reply to  Bob K

Deal fell through and Pederson is still a Dodger.

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Amazing, Trevor Story named #1 shortstop by MLB Network’s Shredder. None of the analysts had him higher than #2. Brian Kenny admits it is probably time for him to get over his Coor’s Field bias as he had Story at #3.

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

He’s back. Rockies sign Ubaldo Jimenez to a minor league deal with an invite to MLB spring training. LHP Tim Collins also signed to a minor league deal with an invite. Tim Melville has been signed to a new deal also with an invite. Others invited to major league camp are Drew Butera, Chris Owings and Elias Diaz.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/02/rockies-sign-ubaldo-jimenez-tim-collins.html

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Non roster invitees to Rockies major league camp. C – Drew Butera C – Elias Diaz C – Chris Rabago C – Brian Serven LHP – Tim Collins LHP – Ryan Rolison RHP – Tommy Doyle RHP – Joe Harvey RHP – Julian Fernandez RHP – Alexander Guillen RHP – Ubaldo Jimenez RHP – Tim Melville RHP – Wes Parsons IF – Bret Boswell IF – Brian Mundell IF – Chris Owings IF – Eric Stamets IF – Alan Trejo… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Hmmm, Giants sign Billy Hamilton to a minor league deal.

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Steve Merriman is the Rockies new Minor League pitching co-coordinator.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/steve-merriman-helps-rockies-pitchers-with-tech

Agbayani
Agbayani
9 months ago

RMH, I’m 100% behind your Puig thing. Why not? At a minimum, at least it’s a splash, something to make people stop talking about the Jokic and the Avs and the NFL draft for a sports news cycle. At best, you get a guy who looks like his best days are behind him, but who has a decent shot at making a strong comeback playing half his games at Coors. But … I doubt it will happen. I’m just astounded… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Players without options.

Chi Chi Gonzalez – RHP
Jeff Hoffman – RHP
Antonio Senzatela – RHP
Yency Almonte – RHP
Jairo Diaz – RHP
Carlos Estevez – RHP
Raimel Tapia – OF

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob K

Apparently Chi Chi Gonzalez has been granted a 4th option and now has one option remaining.

https://www.denverpost.com/2020/02/28/rockies-rotation-back-end-pitchers-minor-league-options/

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago
Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

The new rules for 2020 have been officially announced by MLB.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/02/mlb-rule-changes-2020-season.html

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

The Yankees keep adding ex Rockies. They are going to sign Chad Bettis to a Minor League contract with an invite to spring training.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/02/yankees-reportedly-sign-chad-bettis.html

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

MLBTradeRumors poll on how many games the Rockies will win in 2020.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/02/mlbtr-poll-bounce-back-year-for-rockies.html

roxnsox
roxnsox
9 months ago

It just gets better! They’ve signed Daniel Bard. Read on for a real knee-slappin’ good time re: Scrap Heap Acquisitions Redux.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/02/rockies-sign-daniel-bard.html

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Hilliard listed as Rockies top power hitting prospect. “Rockies: Sam Hilliard, OF MLB ETA: 2020 The 6-foot-5 athletic Hilliard has a left-handed swing made for power and he really figured it out last year. Sure, he got some help from playing in Albuquerque, but he still hit 16 of his 35 homers in Triple-A in 2019 on the road. Then he hit seven more in just 77 big league at-bats when he got called up to Colorado, showing that his… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
9 months ago
Reply to  Bob K

Bob K., Hilliard is really the only prospect in spring training who could make an immediate impact. I see his upside as a more athletic Brad Hawpe … and that would be a pretty darn good player. Like Hawpe, he’s a bit of a late bloomer (Brad turned 27 in his first full-time big league role). Hilliard was, if I remember correctly, a pitching prospect so that may explain the slower development curve. I really hope Bud gives him a… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I recommended that they trade Tapia for whatever they could get when he still had options available. He has talent but his lack of a baseball IQ makes him a liability.

I believe that Hilliard needs to play regularly to get the most out of him.

roxnsox
roxnsox
9 months ago
Reply to  Bob K

If Hilliard and Dahl exploit their immense talents…wow! Would be a big boost, and tons of fun to watch.

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

During the game with the Angels, the Angels announcers kept saying that Castellani started 10 games for the Rockies last year, pitching 43 1/3 innings with 30 walks. I sure did not remember Castellani pitching with the Rockies last year and definitely no 10 starts. I looked it up and apparently those announcers did not get the part about those being his numbers from AAA last year. Neither Castellani or Hoffman impressed me during the game that the Rockies lost… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K
9 months ago

Rockies have 3 players in MLB’s top 10 1st base prospects.

1. Andrew Vaughn, White Sox (2021)
2. Evan White, Mariners (2020)
3. Triston Casas, Red Sox (2022)
4. Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles (2020)
5. Seth Beer, Diamondbacks (2020)
6. Lewin Diaz, Marlins (2020)
7. Bobby Bradley, Indians (2020)
8. Michael Toglia, Rockies (2022)
9. Grant Lavigne, Rockies (2022)
10. Tyler Nevin, Rockies (2020)

https://www.mlb.com/news/top-first-base-prospects-for-2020?t=mlb-pipeline-coverage

roxnsox
roxnsox
8 months ago
Reply to  Bob K

Bob, what does the year signify? It would be great news if they finally find a 1B in the near future!

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago
Reply to  roxnsox

I am guessing that it is the year that they are expected to first appear in the majors. This is strictly a guess. While they are listed in the top 10 list for 1st basemen, none of them are listed in MLB’s top 100 for 2020. The Rockies only have one prospect in the top 100 list and it is Brendan Rogers at #29.

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago
Reply to  roxnsox

The year shown is ETA, Estimated Time of Arrival in the big leagues.

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago

Same old thing. Black names Wade Davis to be the closer.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/02/bud-black-names-wade-davis-closer.html

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago

LHP Ben Bowden suffering from tightness an inflammation in his lower back.

RHp Tim Melville has a broken rib.

https://www.denverpost.com/2020/03/01/rockies-outfield-platoon-injury-updates/

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago

Brendan Rodgers leads the Rockies top 30 list for 2020.

https://www.mlb.com/prospects/2020/rockies/

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago

The Rockies optioned LHP Ben Bowden and IF Tyler Nevin to AAA, and RHP Antonio Santos to AA.

RHPs Tommy Doyle, Julian Fernández, Alexander Guillen, Tim Melville and Wes Parsons, along with LHP Ryan Rolison, IFs Ryan Vilade and Colton Welker and C Brian Serven were reassigned to Minor League camp..

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/german-marquez-continues-to-impress-for-rockies

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 months ago

Rox projections for 2020: – Fangraphs: 76 wins – Clay Davenport: 74 wins The main difference: I think fangraphs “regresses to the mean” a little more. In other words, in the simplest possible system, you’d regress 50% to the mean (which is, of course, .500 or 81 wins). So for the Rockies that means you’d split the difference between last year’s 71 and 81, leading you to guess … 76. Davenport creates a little more spread. But either way you… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago
Reply to  Agbayani

RHP Tyler Kinley is looking good in spring training for a bullpen spot with his zero ERA so far.

roxnsox
roxnsox
8 months ago

I’ve noticed in the games that have been televised that even with NL opponents, the teams are playing with a DH. Has this always been the case in spring training?

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago
Reply to  roxnsox

It hasn’t always been because Jason Jennings would get upset if he didn’t get to hit. I think it was the same last year as it is this year.

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago
Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago

2020 farm system rankings

1. Rays
2. Padres
27. Rockies

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/2020-farm-system-rankings

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago

From MLBTradeRumors “Mark Bowman of MLB.com spoke to Tyler Matzek, who is attempting a comeback after some time in the proverbial wilderness. The 29-year-old lefty is a former first-round pick of the Rockies, having been selected 11th overall in 2009. After climbing the ranks and making his MLB debut in 2014, things went downhill for him because of what Bowman calls “the yips.” (For those unfamiliar, “the yips” is a slang term for a pitcher’s sudden inability to throw strikes,… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago
Bob K
Bob K
8 months ago

Colorado Rockies Offseason Review.

Forty-six percent of the voters gave the Rockies an F and 36% gave them a D.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/03/offseason-in-review-colorado-rockies-9.html

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 months ago

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Baseball has kind of been an afterthought. But sitting at home watching nothing but bad news, it’s a nice diversion. Two ideas kicking around for the season if/when we get past this crisis: 1. A shortened 81 game season followed by the usual playoffs. I love this idea! Compressing the season into an 81 game sprint makes every game more important, keeps baseball on schedule to end on the usual timetable, and probably… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 months ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I echo your first and second sentiments, Ag.

I don’t think they’re going to play this year. (Gulp. Sigh.) Or maybe I’m just bracing myself.

Bob K
Bob K
7 months ago

Rockies trade history under Bridich. Forty percent of the voters gave him a grade of D while another 18% gave him an F.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/03/gm-trade-history-rockies-jeff-bridich.html

Bob K
Bob K
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob K
Bob K
Bob K
7 months ago
60
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x