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Spring training is revived and well

Spring training is revived and well

Photo by: Marli Miller/UCG/Universal Images Group via For the first time in four years, Arizona and Florida will see spring as it should be. It has been four years since Major League Baseball had a ‘normal’ spring training. First, we had the “Stay-At-Home Era.” Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Baseball looked (relatively) normal until March 11, 2020, when an uncharacteristic Arizona rainstorm canceled a full slate of Cactus League games that day — only for COVID-19 to shut down the world that night. It was a long winter for the Cactus and...
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Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 19, Hunter Goodman

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 19, Hunter Goodman

Photo courtesy of Fresno Grizzlies The first baseman/catcher/DH was flashy enough in 2022 to be this year’s first unanimous PuRP 19. Hunter Goodman (254 points, 24 ballots) Our first unanimous Purple Row Prospect is the 23-year-old Hunter Goodman. The first baseman/catcher/DH (based on playing time in 2022, in that order) possesses excellent raw power that he’s been able to get into games (36 homers, 71 extra-base hits across three levels in 2022). The ability to at least fake it at catcher also provides Goodman’s profile a bit of extra juice, though it’s...
Feb 2, 2023
Thursday Rockpile: Tipping a cap to Dexter Fowler

Thursday Rockpile: Tipping a cap to Dexter Fowler

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Colorado Rockies news and links for Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 On Tuesday afternoon, former Colorado Rockies centerfielder Dexter Fowler announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after a storied 14-year career. “It’s here. I’m hanging up my cleats,” Fowler said on his social media accounts. Thank you to the fans. Stay tuned for what’s next. pic.twitter.com/qZd84zge6Z— dexfowler.eth (@DexterFowler) January 31, 2023 Dexter Fowler was selected by the Rockies out of Milton High School in Milton,...
Feb 1, 2023
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 20, Grant Lavigne

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 20, Grant Lavigne

Photo by Jerry Kime/MLB Photos via The first baseman has slowly worked his way up the minors, but it’s unclear where he fits in the Rockies’ plans 20. Grant Lavigne (252 points, 22 ballots) Lavigne’s profile is buoyed by draft pedigree (42nd pick overall in the 2018 draft, over-slot $2 million bonus) and plate discipline (career 14% walk rate). The 23-year-old, 6’4”, 220-pound, righty-throwing, lefty-hitting first baseman had a tremendous debut offensive season in 2018 (160 wRC+) but only in 2022 while repeating in High-A has Lavigne approached that...
Feb 1, 2023
Wednesday Rockpile: An overview of the 2023 Spring Training non-roster invitees

Wednesday Rockpile: An overview of the 2023 Spring Training non-roster invitees

Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Colorado Rockies news and links for Wednesday, February 1, 2023 Last Friday, the Colorado Rockies announced a list of 22 non-roster invitees that would be joining the team for Major League Spring Training. It’s an interesting list containing a plethora of pitchers, along with several position player prospects and veterans looking for a roster spot. 2⃣2⃣ non-roster invitees will be joining us for Major League Spring Training pic.twitter.com/auyIDXcgsw— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) January 27, 2023 The list is...
Jan 31, 2023
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 21, Sam Weatherly

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 21, Sam Weatherly

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports A shoulder injury ended the left-hander’s 2022 season prematurely 21. Sam Weatherly (247 points, 22 ballots) The tenth Purple Row Prospect to be revealed is the ninth pitcher so far. Weatherly has terrific stuff that he is only beginning to harness, which means there’s quite a bit of uncertainty for the 23-year-old, 6’3” lefty. Furthermore, Weatherly was limited to just 11 2⁄3 innings in 2022 due to a strained left shoulder — yet another Rockies pitching prospect who was severely limited by injuries last year. This came...
Jan 31, 2023
Tuesday Rockpile: What has to happen for the Rockies to “play .500 ball” in 2023

Tuesday Rockpile: What has to happen for the Rockies to “play .500 ball” in 2023

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Colorado Rockies news and links for Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 Dick Monfort has been known to give ambitious predictions for his team prior to the start of the new season. The pinnacle of the Monfort prediction was for the 2020 Rockies to improve on their 71-91 2019 record and to win 94 games. That season, the Rockies had a winning percentage of .433 in the shortened season, equivalent to a 70 win season in a regular 162 games. Safe to say, Monfort’s prediction did not come to pass. 94 wins for the #Rockies in 2020? Team...
Jan 30, 2023
Affected by Altitude: New Year, New Podcast, Same Ol’ Rockies

Affected by Altitude: New Year, New Podcast, Same Ol’ Rockies

Photo by Justin Edmonds/ Skyler and Evan are joined by Mario to discuss Helton’s HoF snub, ownership antics, and the Rockies offseason so far. The Purple Row podcast Affected by Altitude is hosted by staff writers Evan Lang and Skyler Timmins,who are incredibly proud and excited to be lending their voices to more great Purple Row content for you to enjoy. Joining Evan and Skyler is a rotating cast of guests hosts to talk shop about everyone’s favorite purple baseball team. This week, Skyler and Evan are joined by Mario DeGenz as they discuss the future of the show...
Jan 30, 2023
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 22, Victor Juarez

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 22, Victor Juarez

Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via The teenager held his own in an aggressive Low-A assignment 22. Victor Juarez (172 points, 16 ballots) It’s important to remember that Juarez has already played a year of full-season ball and won’t turn 20 until June. The right-handed starter didn’t have too much fanfare entering 2022 despite a $500k signing bonus in January 2021 out of Mexico, but he turned some heads as one of the youngest pitchers in Low-A last year. The 6’0” pitcher debuted in 2021 in the DSL, where he had strong numbers and even earned a cameo...
Jan 30, 2023
Monday Rockpile: An insular philosophy, reaffirmed

Monday Rockpile: An insular philosophy, reaffirmed

Photo by Doug Pensinger/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday, January 30, 2023 Once again, we have entered “Sent from my iPad” season for the Colorado Rockies. On Saturday, Dick Monfort spoke at the annual Northern Colorado Friends of Baseball breakfast in his hometown of Greeley, Colorado, and…oh boy. Monfort’s appearance was first reported on by Patrick Saunders at the Denver Post and then further elaborated upon by Patrick Lyons at DNVR. Both of these excellent pieces are linked below and provide a myriad of quotes from the Rockies’ owner, many of...
Jan 28, 2023
This Week in Purple: Copperhead Road

This Week in Purple: Copperhead Road

Photo by Justin Edmonds/ Colorado Rockies recap and discussion thread for Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2023 The weekend is a great time to kick back and reflect. This Week in Purple is the place to catch up on the news from our team at Purple Row. You’ll find links to Rockpiles and other content below as well as a platform for community discussion in the comments. ★ ★ ★ There’s no other way to put it: Todd Helton was robbed. 11 votes?!!!!!! Should have taken steroids kids. That’s the message we are getting. Over 7 public voters, put check...
Jan 27, 2023
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 23, Karl Kauffmann

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 23, Karl Kauffmann

Albuquerque Isotopes Kauffman has been aggressively promoted, and might be on the doorstep of the majors 23. Karl Kauffmann (165 points, 18 ballots) Though Kauffmann was Rule 5 draft eligible after 2022 (he was un-protected and un-selected), the 25-year-old righty starter has only two professional seasons under his belt. The 77th overall pick in 2019 (slot $800k signing bonus) saw his pro debut delayed by an extended run in the College World Series and then the lost Covid year (and a shoulder injury in the alternate site) in 2020. In 2021, the 6’2” hurler was...
Jan 27, 2023
Colorado Rockies: Who’s the best candidate for cleanup hitter in 2023?

Colorado Rockies: Who’s the best candidate for cleanup hitter in 2023?

Photo by Justin Edmonds/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Friday, January 27, 2023 Last week, the Purple Row community voted on the best cleanup hitter in the Rockies 30-year history. Todd Helton won with 47% of the vote, but Andrés Galarraga was close behind at 39%. The fun G.O.A.T. debate leads naturally to another question: Who should be the cleanup hitter for the Rockies in 2023? And because it’s so connected, who should be in the No. 3 spot? With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training Feb. 13-15 (depending on if they are participating in World...
Jan 26, 2023
Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 24, Julio Carreras

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 24, Julio Carreras

Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Carreras bounced back from a rough 2021 season in a big way in 2022 24. Julio Carreras (151 points, 21 ballots) Carreras is the highest-ranked of the three players on this edition of the PuRPs list who weren’t on the mid-season list (and the first position player revealed so far), having bounced back in a big way from a rough 2021 season all the way to a 40-man roster spot this off-season. The 23-year-old righty-hitting utility infielder was originally signed in 2017 as an 18-year-old with a $15,000 bonus, indicating he...
Jan 26, 2023
Thursday Rockpile: Hall of Fame voters continuing to hold Coors Field against Todd Helton is farcical

Thursday Rockpile: Hall of Fame voters continuing to hold Coors Field against Todd Helton is farcical

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Colorado Rockies news and links for Thursday, January 26th, 2023 “We’re not talking about performance-enhancing drugs here. Sign stealing has been going on for the past 100 years. There are teams who have used hidden cameras for years. Team employees flashed signs from outfield seats and scoreboards.” This is what national baseball writer for USA Today Bob Nightengale wrote while defending his choice to include Carlos Beltrán on his four-man Hall of Fame ballot this year. Beltrán — who was in his first year of candidacy and...