Colorado Rockies news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:24:31 -0800
Colorado Rockies OF Corey Dickerson has been able to do plenty of damage to pitches outside the strike zone so far in his career, and he hit .312 with a .364 on-base percentage and a team-leading 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 131 games last year. He also had dramatic home and road splits in 2014, hitting .363 at home and just .252 on the road. Manager Walt Weiss has discussed preaching more plate discipline, but the Rockies also don't want to completely take away his aggressiveness, which has made him successful.
Fantasy Tip: Dickerson's 25-homer power is for real, especially while playing at Coors Field. That alone makes him worthy of an early-rounds pick. However, his aggressiveness could mean that you won't be able to count on a repeat of a batting average over .300, and that's particularly concerning since he doesn't steal much, either.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:25:40 -0800
Colorado Rockies SP Jon Gray learned methods for staying strong throughout a professional schedule last season, and he feels like the sky is the limit entering the 2015 season. Gray's fastball lost velocity during his first full professional season, but he designed a strengthening and maintenance plan with his trainers and strength coaches from The University of Oklahoma that corrected the issues.
Fantasy Tip: Gray will compete for a spot in the rotation, but it is more likely he begins the season in Class AAA. With just 33 starts in the minors, a little more seasoning would serve Gray well. He enters the mixed league discussion, if he has a strong spring and earns a rotation spot. Otherwise, Gray is solid prospect worth monitoring for a potential recall.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:08:33 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Hawkins is a cheap saves gamble in the later rounds of your drafts. His skills are shaky on the wrong side of 40, and his K/9 dropped almost two full strikeouts last year to just 5.3. He has value because he'll start the year as the closer, and he could hold down the job early in the year. Rex Brothers is the team's closer of the future, and he's a sleeper/handcuff option as a flier.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:06:45 -0800
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip), who said he was affected by his name being thrown around in trade rumors this winter, has reported to spring training and has declared himself healthy. He is hitting and fielding but has yet to run the bases. There is no rush to get him on the field this spring, and the team is expected to be cautious with him. "I've gone to lengths and lengths to try to figure this thing out," Tulowitzki said of the various injuries that have robbed him of consistency. "I'm not going to quit. I'm not going to quit trying until I find that right recipe."
Fantasy Tip: Despite all of Tulo's injuries over the years, he remains one of the most intriguing players at a weak shortstop position. When he's fully healthy, he arguably gives you the best fantasy edge at the position. Because of that, he's ranked as our No. 2 SS, just ahead of Ian Desmond. Position scarcity may outweight the injury risk that follows Tulo's name these days.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:37:35 -0800
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (knee) crushed two home runs during batting practice in spring training Friday, Feb. 20, and he maintains that he's healthy after having left knee surgery last August. Gonzalez hit only .238 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 70 games last year. "I can put all my weight back, sit and wait for the ball -- something that I wasn't able to do last year," said Gonzalez. "It's my back knee, and it's really important to stay back. I have a leg kick, and last year I had a difficult time staying back on pitches." However, Gonzalez may not take part in many spring game, as the main focus is being ready for opening day.
Fantasy Tip: If not for the injuries, Car-Go would surely be a first-round fantasy baseball selection. There's plenty to like when Gonzalez is healthy, and hitting at Coors Field surely doesn't hurt. He'll still come off the board in the early rounds of drafts, and if he stays healthy for an entire season, look out. You best make sure to plan for the worst, though.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:48:04 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Rosario will share time behind the dish this year with Nick Hundley. He was exposed against right-handed pitchers and away from Coors Field, but has the power to be a midrange starting fantasy catcher. He'll be cheaper this year, as well.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:44:03 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Brothers is a nice speculation pick in the late rounds of mixed leagues for saves or as a handcuff to the aging LaTroy Hawkins.
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:22:26 -0800
Colorado Rockies RP Adam Ottavino said started pitching up in the zone on purpose late last year, and he finished 1-4 with a 3.60 ERA in 65 innings over 75 outings. "I also paid attention to guys like Lance Lynn or Jordan Zimmermann. They're doing similar things. That area, that's like a strike, but just a little bit too high. It yields a lot of weak popups and swings and misses," Ottavino said.
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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:24:33 -0800
Updating a previous item, Colorado Rockies SP Kyle Kendrick signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal Tuesday, Feb. 3, according to a source. He can make an extra $500,000 if he reaches 190 innings pitched in 2015.
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