Fantasy Baseball Colorado Rockies Projection
For the upcoming 2016 Major League Baseball season, we take a look at every single team and what are their expectations for the upcoming year. We continue our tour in Denver, where the Colorado Rockies live. It’s time for FanPicks Fantasy Baseball Colorado Rockies Projection.
With a less than impressive season, the Rockies made room under the salary cap trading their team captain Troy Tulowitzki for fading veteran Jose Reyes, last season. They will save over 50 million dollars for the next five years with this move, allowing the team to improve within. They will be counting on young stars third baseman Nolan Arenado and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez to follow up on their amazing 2015 season. The biggest concern is in the pitching department. And in a place like Coors field, pitching has to be top notch.
Players to watch:
- Nolan Arenado
- Carlos Gonzalez
- Trevor Story
Third baseman Nolan Arenado showed the full extent of his potential, last season. Winning three consecutive gold glove between 2013 and 2015, he added a 2015 silver slugger award to his trophy case. During that season, he led the National League home runs (42) and in runs-batted-in (130). Turning 25 years-old in April, Arenado is just entering in the prime of his career.
CarGo had an abysmal start to his 2015 season, mainly due to his 2014 season-ending knee injury. His bat exploded in the second half of last year’s campaign and slugged 36 home runs and 84 run-batted-in after June 1st 2015. The left-handed batter has struggled heavily against southpaws last season, hitting .195 against them. So beware when Colorado faces against lefty, he might not get the best result.
With Jose Reyes having ongoing legal issues that could lead him a league suspension, the Rockies need to find a suitable replacement at shortstop. That replacement could come in the form of Trevor Story, a 23 year-old triple A prospect that could see his first big league at-bat sooner-than-later. He posted a, .279/20 HR/80 RBI/22 SB line last season between AA and AAA.
It will be fun to watch the ball fly once again in Coors field, because not much will be expected out of the Rockies rotation this season.