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Justin Morneau clobbered his second home run of the Cactus League season, helping to power the Rockies to a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

He and teammate Daniel Descalso each contributed solo homers, combining for all of the Rockies offense on the afternoon. Morneau finished the game 2-for-3, raising his spring average to .167 (5-for-30). While he's unlikely to replicate his terrific 2014 season, he should continue to provide plenty of value hitting in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field.
Mar 29 - 10:36 PM

Jordan Lyles excelled again in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Diamondbacks, surrendering just one run on three hits over six innings.

The 24-year-old right-hander fanned four while issuing just one free pass. He has been electric all spring, registering a 0.86 ERA and 13/7 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. While his upside is capped by pitching half of his games at Coors Field, he could be worth a look in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 29 - 10:31 PM

Christian Bergman was hit around by the Diamondbacks on Sunday, serving up six runs in three innings of work.

Bergman gave up eight hits and a walk with no strikeouts in a disastrous performance. His spring ERA rises to 5.52 from 2.31 in the small sample of 14 2/3 innings. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post still expects Bergman to get the fifth spot in the Rockies' rotation to begin the regular season, but could lose it once Jorge De La Rosa is healthy enough to return.
Mar 29 - 7:45 PM

Matt McBride singled and clubbed a pair of two-run home runs in four at-bats Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

McBride's first homer put the Rockies up 2-0 in the first inning against Aaron Blair. His second broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth inning against Vidal Nuno. McBride also homered on Saturday, now sitting with four on the spring along with a .298 average (14-for-47). There isn't any room for him on the Rockies' roster, but he should get immediate consideration for a mid-season call-up in the event of an injury.
Mar 29 - 7:42 PM

David Hale (oblique) will play catch from 90 feet Sunday.

Hale was scratched from an outing last week due to a strained oblique. While he says he's not feeling any pain, it's not clear when he'll be cleared to throw off a mound. Hale will almost surely begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 29 - 2:10 PM

Matt McBride hit a solo home run, his second of the spring, in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

McBride hit the shot off Cubs reliever Jason Marquis. The outfielder now has two homers and seven RBI in Cactus League play, batting .262 in 42 at-bats. He may still get sent out when the Rockies cut their roster down, but he hasn't hurt his cause with his showing this spring.
Mar 28 - 7:54 PM

Jon Gray allowed seven runs -- six earned -- while recording just two outs in a loss to the Cubs in Cactus League play Saturday.

Gray actually had a decent beginning, with Anthony Rizzo reaching on an error and Matt Szczur striking out, but things fell apart after a Kris Bryant double. The big blow was a three-run homer from Jake Arrieta, the Cubs' starting pitcher. It was definitely a setback, but the final line looked worse than the outing actually was. Still, the rough showing may deter the Rockies from taking Gray north as a member of their starting rotation next week.
Mar 28 - 7:53 PM

Corey Dickerson left Saturday's Cactus League game with lower back tightness.

Dickerson exited after the third inning but said it was mostly a precautionary move. It's not something to be too concerned about, and he should be back in action soon.
Mar 28 - 6:00 PM

Rockies optioned RHP Jairo Diaz, INF Christian Adames and OF Kyle Parker to minor league camp.

Diaz could have secured a spot in the Rockies bullpen to begin the season, but posted a 7.11 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 innings in Cactus League play. He should get an opportunity to work out of the Rockies bullpen at some point during the upcoming season.
Mar 28 - 2:50 PM

Charlie Blackmon had a nice day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

Blackmon also drew a walk in the contest, reaching safely in three of his four plate appearances atop the order. The 28-year-old is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with a homer and three RBI. As long as he's hitting in the second slot of the Rockies lineup, he should once again provide plenty of mixed league value in 2015.
Mar 28 - 1:36 AM

Kyle Kendrick struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Padres, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander walked a pair and struck out two on the afternoon. It was the worst outing of the spring to date for the Rockies' Opening Day starter. The 30-year-old owns a 3.52 ERA and 8/4 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings in Cactus League play. He holds little fantasy value outside of NL-only formats.
Mar 28 - 1:36 AM

Carlos Gonzalez was removed from Friday's Cactus League contest against the Padres with a sore left knee.

The oft-injured outfielder walked off with the team trainer in the middle of the fourth inning. The Rockies announced that he was pulled for precautionary reasons, so at the moment it doesn't sound to be a serious concern. This shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
Mar 27 - 11:51 PM

Jon Gray is now slated to start Saturday's Cactus League game versus the Indians, replacing Tyler Matzek.

As Nick Groke of the Denver Post notes, that potentially lines up Gray to start the second game of the season in Milwaukee. Matzek will now start on March 31 instead, lining him up for the Rockies' home opener. The news comes on the heels of general manager Jeff Bridich saying that Gray's arbitration timeline is a "non-factor," so things seem to be pointing towards the top prospect making Colorado's Opening Day rotation. Gray is obviously hurt greatly by having Coors Field as his home park, but we wouldn't rule out him having mixed league value this season.
Mar 27 - 5:34 PM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Thursday that Jon Gray's arbitration timeline is a "non-factor" when considering whether the righty will make the rotation.

"That is not part of our consideration," Bridich said. "Jon has pitched very well, but there still are a lot of things to consider, but the decision will not be based on (arbitration)." Gray has allowed three runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 13 innings so far this spring and has a chance to crack the Opening Day rotation following the release of Jhoulys Chacin and injuries to Jorge De La Rosa (groin) and David Hale (oblique). He's competing with Eddie Butler, Christian Bergman, Chad Bettis and John Lannan. The former No. 2 overall pick has loads of upside, though it's capped by him calling Coors Field home. Keep an eye on this camp battle as it comes down the stretch.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 27 - 11:50 AM

Brandon Barnes is using a completely overhauled swing this spring.

Barnes has added a high leg kick and intends to sacrifice power for more contact. "I tried to refine who I am and what type of player I am in the box," said Barnes. "I'm not a guy who's going to hit 30 home runs. I know that. I'm the big guy who needs to be a pest, drive the ball into gaps, hit doubles, use my speed to my advantage, bunt, all those things." The odds are against the new swing making a huge different for the career .242/.286/.365 hitter, but it's interesting to note. Most of Barnes' value is likely to continue to be tied to his plus defense.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 27 - 11:39 AM


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