Rockies prospect quintet comes up big

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Arenado willing to go a long way for a homer

February 24, 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Nolan Arenado insisted on making the 45-minute drive across the Valley of the Sun. His homer off Reds lefty Cody Reed in the Rockies’ 11-4 victory Saturday afternoon was the payoff. “I’ll drive days for a homer,” Arenado said. View Full Game Coverage The Rockies had a reduced number of practice days between Monday’s onset of full-squad workouts and Friday’s start of Spring Training games. Left fielder…

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Ottavino off to good start after tough 2017

February 24, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Taking Friday’s first Cactus League game as a call to put up, Rockies righty reliever Adam Ottavino threw a spotless fifth inning with a strikeout to begin his quest to erase a poor 2017. “It was embarrassing, quite frankly,” Ottavino said. “It hurt, but it was good. It drove me pretty hard this offseason to get after it. We’ll see what the results are.” SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —…

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Tapia homers in audition for leadoff spot

February 23, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies’ Raimel Tapia unveiled his Charlie Blackmon imitation Friday afternoon. The Rockies are considering dropping center fielder Blackmon — after his 37 home runs and 103 (of his 104 total) RBIs from leadoff to third in the order, but must find another leadoff hitter to do so. Tapia has bat-to-ball skills and speed associated with leadoff hitters. View Full Game Coverage SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies’…

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LeMahieu confident in self, approach to game

February 17, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Analysis of Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu often devolves into argument. One side promotes him as an underappreciated master of defense and possessor of an offensive game no longer appreciated. The other denigrates his .404 career slugging average in six Rockies seasons — not high enough with home games at Coors Field — and essentially devalues the importance of the traits that have earned him Rawlings Gold…

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Black may hit Blackmon 3rd in Cactus games

February 14, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rockies manager Bud Black will experiment with dropping standout leadoff man Charlie Blackmon in the order, most likely to third, during Cactus League games. Wednesday was the first official workout for pitchers and catchers, but the big news was that Black is entertaining moving Blackmon — who led the National League with a .331 average, set a record with 103 (of his 104) RBIs from the leadoff…

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Iannetta getting reacquainted with Rockies

February 13, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta knows enough to understand that he doesn’t really know the pitchers he’s about to greet Wednesday, when the Rockies open pitcher-and-catcher Spring Training workouts. Iannetta, of course, was here before — 2006-11 — but the only player still around from then is center fielder Charlie Blackmon, whose debut that season was halted after 27 games by a right foot fracture. And Iannetta has…

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Rockies roster provides room for speculation

February 9, 2018

DENVER — The Spring Training competition for the Rockies’ Opening Day roster is just part of the yet-to-be-written story of the 2018 season. In this first of several installments predicting the season-opening roster between now and Opening Day, keep in mind that it’s likely every name mentioned here will be a factor — possibly a deciding one — when the games begin for real. All you have to do is…

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