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Top 10 NL West players

Top 10 NL West players

Photo by Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Ranking talent in a loaded division Who doesn’t love a Top 10 list? Well, we do! So welcome to Top 10 Tuesday, where every week we will dive into a different Rockies-related topic. These lists will not be scientific. They are 100-percent opinion (a “Mountain Viewpoint” so to speak) and — more importantly — they are 100-percent debatable. We encourage the banter in the comments (keep it respectful), and feel free to offer up some future topic ideas! ★ ★ ★ With all the changes coming to the National League...
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Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 21, Antonio Santos

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 21, Antonio Santos

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The 24-year-old right hander has promise, despite a rather disappointing major league debut in 2020 21. Antonio Santos (112 points, 11 ballots) Antonio Santos represents a late bloomer for the Latin America program, which unfortunately has had a fallow few years for the Rockies until recently. The 24-year-old right-handed Dominican starter was only signed when he was 18 (in 2015) for a $50,000 bonus. Over the last six seasons, he’s slowly worked his way up the minor league ladder to get a big league cameo in 2020. In his first four...
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Tuesday Rockpile: The 2021 guide to Cactus League venues

Tuesday Rockpile: The 2021 guide to Cactus League venues

Colorado Rockies news and links for Tuesday, January 19, 2021 The Rockies are tentatively scheduled to kick off spring training games in 39 days. We don’t know for sure if the schedule will start on time, but we can yearn for warmer days ahead as we look out the window and wait for spring. The Rockies were able to play 17 spring training games last year. They played a game in eight of the 10 Cactus League venues. The last game that allowed a Rockies fan in attendance was on March 10 against the Cincinnati Reds, as the COVID-19 shutdown came shortly after. The 2021 slate will...
Jan 18, 2021
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 22, Dom Nuñez

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 22, Dom Nuñez

Photo by Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire via The 26-year-old catcher is making his 14th PuRP appearance! 22. Dom Nuñez (94 points, 10 ballots) In 2020, the Rockies rolled with a catching unit of Tony Wolters, Elias Díaz, and Drew Butera. Combined, the three players hit .217/.266/.285 in 225 PAs, which led to a truly terrible, 29th in MLB 35 wRC+ and -1.2 fWAR (dead last). Notably absent from that Cobra Cabal of Catchers was Dom Nuñez, who has now been on 14 of the last 15 PuRPs lists (and was #31 in the other one) since 2013 because he’s been one of Colorado’s...
Jan 18, 2021
Monday Rockpile: Meet the Rockies’ 2020-21 international signing class

Monday Rockpile: Meet the Rockies’ 2020-21 international signing class

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday, January 18, 2021 The 2020-21 international signing period finally opened up last Friday. This year’s international class was originally scheduled to begin signing last July but was moved back to January 15th due to COVID-19. The Rockies were allotted $5,899,600 in international pool money back in June. Many of the signings have been agreed upon for some time but could finally be reported as official last Friday. The Rockies have yet to officially announce any international signings themselves but...
Jan 17, 2021
Sunday Rockpile: Rockies avoid arbitration with all eligible players. What does that mean for the payroll?

Sunday Rockpile: Rockies avoid arbitration with all eligible players. What does that mean for the payroll?

Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Colorado Rockies news and analysis for Sunday, January 17, 2021 Yesterday, Justin concluded his Rockpile with updates from the arbitration filing deadline. In a bit of good news, the Rockies reached agreements with each of their arbitration eligible players, so there will be no arbitration hearings like last year with Tony Wolters. Here’s a roundup of all the figures. Jon Gray: one-year, $6 million Kyle Freeland: one-year, $5.025 million Mychal Givens: one-year, $4.05 million Antonio Senzatela: one-year, $3 million Daniel...
Jan 16, 2021
Saturday Rockpile: It’s time for Mychal Givens to become the anchor

Saturday Rockpile: It’s time for Mychal Givens to become the anchor

Colorado Rockies news and links for Saturday, January 16, 2021 2020 trade deadline pickup Mychal Givens will receive $4.05 million in a one-year deal with the Rockies. Antonio Senzatela, the Rockies’ 2020 bWAR leader, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with Colorado on Thursday. Givens threw less than a third of the innings Senzatela did last year. Jeff Passan pointed out how the arbitration system values age when it comes to money, so this isn’t a ‘shock’ by any means: “Younger guys get paid less than they should. It’s not that teams are getting bargains. It’s...
Jan 15, 2021
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 23, Will Ethridge

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 23, Will Ethridge

Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon Sportswire via The “pitchability righty” had a solid season in 2019 and will hopefully continue to grow in 2021 23. Will Ethridge (91 points, 10 ballots) Will Ethridge was Colorado’s 5th round pick in 2019 out of Ole Miss, signing for slot value of $327.2K. The right-hander was only a full-time starter during his junior (draft) year, in which he threw 93 innings over 17 appearances with a 3.39 ERA and 7.1 K/9 rate in the SEC. After the draft, Ethridge was assigned to Short Season A Boise, where he was slightly younger than average....
Jan 15, 2021
Friday Rockpile: Hopes and fears for the 2021 starting rotation

Friday Rockpile: Hopes and fears for the 2021 starting rotation

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Rockies news and links for Friday, January 14, 2021 On the heels of the great news of the Rockies signing Antonio Senzatela to a one-year $3 million deal earlier in the week, it seems like a good time to take a close look at the rotation heading into 2021. Before jumping into the details, it’s important to confront one major problem: the rotation is not complete because isn’t officially set. We know Germán Márquez will lead the way, followed by Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, and Jon Gray, but that fifth spot is a scary, dark...
Jan 14, 2021
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 24, Bret Boswell

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 24, Bret Boswell

Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via The 26-year-old infielder provides good defensive utility and a potential league average bat 24. Bret Boswell (88 points, 12 ballots) While Bret Boswell’s selection to the 40-man roster earlier this offseason by the Rockies caught some observers off-guard, it makes sense within the context of how the team has prioritized his development so far. The 26-year-old lefty hitter, righty thrower has moved steadily through the minors, never producing offensively at a rate below league average and generally emerging as a potential...
Jan 14, 2021
Thursday Rockpile: Should the Rockies sign Taijuan Walker?

Thursday Rockpile: Should the Rockies sign Taijuan Walker?

Photo by Sarah Stier/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Thursday, January 14, 2021 The Rockies’ history of signing free agents is...rocky at best (pun intended). Since Jeff Bridich took over as general manager in 2014, the team has signed eight free agents to contracts of $10 million or more: OF Gerardo Parra, 3 years/$27.5 million RHP Jason Motte, 2 years/$10 million IF/OF Ian Desmond, 5 years/$70 million LHP Mike Dunn, 3 years/$19 million RHP Wade Davis, 3 years/$52 million LHP Jake McGee, 3 years/$27 million RHP Bryan Shaw, 3 years/$27 million 1B Daniel Murphy,...
Jan 13, 2021
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 25, Ryan Feltner

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 25, Ryan Feltner

Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via The 24-year-old righty dominated in Grand Junction in 2018, but took a step back in Asheville in 2019 25. Ryan Feltner (86 points, 11 ballots) Feltner was drafted in large part due to an excellent Cape Cod League performance (as a reliever) that vaulted him up draft lists all the way to the fourth round and the Rockies nabbed him, signing him for slot value ($434.7K). The right-hander dazzled in an electric 30 2⁄3 inning professional debut in 2018 in Grand Junction, during which time he had a 0.88 ERA and 11.4 K/9 rate as a...
Jan 13, 2021
Wednesday Rockpile: Rockies go back in time to re-do one amateur draft selection, and the pick is...

Wednesday Rockpile: Rockies go back in time to re-do one amateur draft selection, and the pick is...

Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Colorado Rockies news and links for Wednesday, January 13, 2021 The delay to the start of the 2020 season provided many opportunities for teams and those who cover baseball to get creative in reporting the MLB season that was supposed to occur. Here at Purple Row, we hosted our own season simulation using MLB The Show accompanied by Ben Kouchnerkavich’s play-by-play. At baseball-reference.com, another simulation using Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP) was used to simulate each day’s scheduled games with full box score...
Jan 12, 2021
Top 10 Rockies defensive plays

Top 10 Rockies defensive plays

Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports Ranking the Rockies best defensive plays Who doesn’t love a Top 10 list? Well, we do! So welcome to Top 10 Tuesday, where every week we will dive into a different Rockies-related topic. These lists will not be scientific. They are 100-percent opinion (a “Mountain Viewpoint” so to speak) and — more importantly — they are 100-percent debatable. We encourage the banter in the comments (keep it respectful), and feel free to offer up some future topic ideas! ★ ★ ★ If there is one thing the Rockies are known for, it is their...
Jan 12, 2021
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 26, Bladimir Restituyo

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 26, Bladimir Restituyo

William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports The 19-year-old made his stateside debut in Boise in 2019, which is an incredible show of faith by the Rockies 26. Bladimir Restituyo (84 points, 10 ballots) Restituyo is a talented 19-year-old up the middle player who was moved aggressively by the Rockies in 2019, including time at both Short Season A Boise and Rookie ball Grand Junction as an 18-year-old. The right-handed hitter was signed out of the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2017 (which also happened to be his 16th birthday) for $200K and immediately made a positive impression...