Player News - Rockies

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Tony Wolters went 1-for-3 with a three-run jack in a 7-1 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Wolters is battling Tom Murphy for the starting gig behind the plate in Coors Field. The winner of this battle will have fantasy owners lining up to draft him. Wolters may have the leg up as an excellent defensive catcher whereas Murphy has the better bat. Murphy went 0-for-3 as the designated hitter in this game.
Feb 27 - 11:21 PM

Jon Gray allowed two hits but held the Dodgers off the scoreboard in his two innings of work in a start on Monday.

He struck out two batters without a walk. Gray punched out 185 batters in 168 innings last season. His 4.61 ERA was quite good considering he pitched half his games in Coors Field. Still just 25 years old, he will make a good fantasy streamer in his road starts this year.
Feb 27 - 11:17 PM

David Dahl was a late scratch from Monday's lineup due to a sore back.

Rockies manager Bud Black said the injury is "not a big deal." The skipper didn't offer a guess as to when Dahl might be ready to return to action, but this looks to be a day-to-day situation. Dahl is the favorite to start for the Rockies in left field on Opening Day.
Feb 27 - 6:31 PM

Jason Motte gave up two hits and a run in his one-inning Cactus League debut Sunday versus the Diamondbacks.

Motte retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the seventh, but Diamondbacks infield prospect Dawel Lugo stroked a two-out single to left field and Jeremy Hazelbaker followed with a run-scoring double to right field which he nearly stretched into a triple. The relay throw that cut down Hazelbaker at third base helped Motte escape further damage. Motte, 34, is a middle reliever at best at this point in his career.
Feb 26 - 8:26 PM

Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the Rockies' 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Blackmon led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot and added an RBI single in the bottom of the second. The dynamic center fielder carries massive fantasy potential into the 2017 season as the locked-in leadoff man in a dangerous Colorado lineup. He batted .324/.381/.552 with 29 home runs, 82 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and 111 runs scored in 143 games last year.
Feb 26 - 5:43 PM

Chris Rusin tossed two shutout innings Sunday in his first spring start against the Diamondbacks.

It was an easy afternoon outing for the 30-year-old left-hander, who delivered a 1-2-3 first inning and worked around a leadoff single by Oswaldo Arcia in the second. Rusin is being stretched out as a starter this spring, but he figures to wind up in long relief.
Feb 26 - 5:06 PM

German Marquez tossed two scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut Sunday versus the White Sox.

Marquez gave up two hits, but they were both harmless singles. He walked none and struck out none. The young right-hander pitched well in 2016 at Double-A Hartford -- where he spent the large majority of the year -- and then debuted with a 5.23 ERA over his first 20 2/3 major league innings. Marquez is trying to win a spot in Colorado's Opening Day rotation this spring.
Feb 26 - 4:00 PM

Trevor Story went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks.

Story made Rockies fans say "Troy who?" last season, in what was a beautiful rookie campaign. He slashed .272/.341/.567 with 27 homers, 72 RBI and 21 doubles in 372 at-bats before a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb ended his season in August. We wouldn't be surprised to see a natural regression in terms of power (Story's career-best for minor league homers was 20 in 2015), but he still makes for an appealing shortstop option in both mixed and NL-only formats.
Feb 25 - 7:56 PM

Tyler Anderson struggled in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Anderson yielded a two-run home run to Jake Lamb with one out in the first inning. He is looking to keep the good times rolling in 2017 after posting a 3.54 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 99/28 K/BB ratio over 114 1/3 innings (19 starts) last season. Pitchers on the Rockies are always somewhat uncomfortable fantasy candidates, but there is potential deep fantasy value with the 27-year-old southpaw.
Feb 25 - 7:45 PM

Ian Desmond is batting fifth in his Cactus League debut with the Rockies on Saturday.

Aside from having Gerardo Parra in for David Dahl, and utilizing a designated hitter, this looks as though it could be a preview of the Opening Day lineup for the Rockies. Desmond, coming off of a monster 2016 campaign with the Rangers, is poised for even greater heights in the tremendous hitting environment that Coors Field provides.
Feb 25 - 9:51 AM

Jairo Diaz (elbow) threw a live bullpen session on Friday without any issues.

It's the first such session that the right-hander has had since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. He'll be brought along slowly this spring, and isn't expected to be ready for a minor league rehab assignment until May, but Diaz could play a major role in the Rockies' bullpen this spring.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 24 - 9:10 PM

Jairo Diaz (elbow) will throw a live bullpen session on Friday.

It will be his first since he had Tommy John surgery last March. Diaz has a big arm and could eventually be a key piece in the Rockies' bullpen, but that probably wouldn't happen until well into the season.
Feb 24 - 10:55 AM

Carlos Gonzalez said that "there's no conversation" with the Rockies regarding an extension right now.

"It’s up to them. They’re the ones that make the decision. We don’t make the decision. We just listen and work," Gonzalez said. He is entering the final year of his contract. In early January, general manager Jeff Bridich indicated that the team was hoping to work out an extension. There do not appear to have been any substantive talks since. This past season, the 31-year-old Gonzalez whacked 25 home runs and notched an even 100 RBI while slashing .298/.350/.505 in 584 at-bats.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 23 - 12:03 AM

Chad Bettis said that he received a clean bill of health following blood work which was done on Tuesday.

Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer in November. He told MLB Network Radio in early January that he was cancer-free. So far, so good. "I got the blood work back from the doctor, met with him today, and he said my tumor markers are not detectable," Bettis said on Wednesday. While this is nothing but stellar news, the Rockies will be understandably playing it safe with the 27-year-old right-hander this spring. He is not slated to pitch first time through the Cactus League rotation. A simulated game awaits him next Tuesday as he works toward Opening Day.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 22 - 7:17 PM

Rockies manager Bud Black wants Charlie Blackmon to run more this season.

Blackmon fell back to 17 stolen bases in 2016 after swiping 43 in 2015, with Black indicating that the drop was due in part to the outfielder's legs not feeling 100 percent. "Charlie is dangerous in (the batter’s) box and became a real threat, each and every time he got in the box or when he got on first base (in 2015)," Black said. "We’ve got to get back to that. We’ve talked about that a little bit. Charlie was a little bit banged up last year. He was able to play, but I don’t think his legs felt great." Blackmon dealt with separate toe issues on two occasions in 2016, so perhaps that's what Black is referring to. Regardless, it's encouraging from a fantasy perspective to hear that Blackmon might be in line to bounce back from a steals standpoint in 2017.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 19 - 10:15 AM


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