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Imagine a player with Garrett Hampson’s speed, Brendan Rodgers’ power and Trevor Story’s defensive ability. Then imagine those skills being a notch above what you’re expecting. Now place it all inside a 20-year-old shortstop. That’s Ezequiel Tovar. The youngest player on the Colorado Rockies’ 40-man roster has been turning heads since batting .550 (11-for-20) with three home runs and seven…...

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Colton Welker was poised to start 2022 with a bang after his first normal offseason in nearly three years.  Then, life happened in the form of a bacterial virus in his right eye that sidelined him through the final week of Spring Training. “I was definitely bummed, but it’s just the hand I was dealt,” Welker said of his time…...

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Can the Rockies afford another starting pitcher making more than $10 million? What if it’s homegrown Kyle Freeland? Kenneth Weber of Purple Row breaks down the latest with Colorado’s roster as well as their farm system in 2022. “Finding a comp for a Kyle Freeland extension” by Kenneth Weber “Three Rockies prospects who could rebound in 2022” by Kenneth Weber…

On Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post released information obtained in a memo to all 30 of Major League Baseball’s clubs that minor league camps could have an early report date for Spring Training. MLB is currently conducting a lockout of the MLB Players’ Association following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement at midnight on Dec 1. …...

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As part of the lockout enacted by Major League Baseball, transactions as well as communication have officially ceased.  This means those rumors and rumblings during the coldest months of the Hot Stove League have become null. While no one truly believes back-and-forths have been entirely nonexistent, the typical whispers to media members have become little more than a cold shoulder.…...

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After 2020 was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and with the 2022 season in jeopardy of starting on time due to the lockout, the Colorado Rockies baseball brought back some normalcy to the Front Range in 2021 and provided a service in which should all be somewhat thankful. Sure, that service meant coupling the ups with the downs, winning some…

It may not have quite been the journey of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, but Colton Welker racked up a lot of frequent flyer miles during his path to the majors. The 24-year-old corner infielder made four different stops after making essentially zero in 2020, given the cancellation of the Minor League season due to the pandemic. At Double-A Hartford in…...

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For the third time in as many weeks, the future of the Colorado Rockies is on the field and in the box score.  Ryan Vilade, the club’s top overall selection in the 2017 MLB Draft, was selected from Triple-A ahead of Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Though the 22-year-old finished his debut 0-for-4, he walked once and put the…...

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The Colorado Rockies farm system is not strong enough. What strength there is lies primarily in the lower levels and is, therefore, several years from MLB. The big league club has been stupendous at home but so terrible on the road that it all amounts to a club well under .500 that is now claiming intentions to try to compete…...

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You wouldn’t be hopelessly optimistic to get excited for this quartet of purple prospects.  Less volatility in terms of the projections than those outside of the top 10, all aspects of the game are represented here: catcher, outfielder, infielder and pitcher. Together, they could form a foundation for the Rockies next postseason run several years down the road.  Between owning…

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball released the rosters for the six-team Arizona Fall League, the premier extended-season league for all 30 MLB team’s top prospects.  The Salt River Rafters have six Colorado Rockies representatives so far, with room for two more pitchers to eventually be added.  Only 1B Roberto Ramos is at Triple-A, while the other five players are…...

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With apologies to Rookie level teams Boise and Grand Junction who begin their season after the MLB Draft in June, Thursday marks the first game of the season for four of the Rockies’ minor league affiliates on what Minor League Baseball calls Opening Night. Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA) The most interesting team in the organization is easily the Triple-A club as…...

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On this episode of the BSN Rockies Podcast, Drew Creasman looks at a few more intriguing spring training performances. What has Colton Welker done for his long term future with the organization? Has Pat Valaika gotten back into the mix for a bench role to begin the season? And what can we learn about him and these types of games from…...

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With the MLB's non-waiver trade deadline less than 10 days away, now would be a good time to look at the Colorado Rockies organization and assess their assets.

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The Colorado Rockies have an incredibly strong core of young players. BSN Denver has ranked the Top 25 Under 25. Here are the Honorable Mentions who just missed the cut.

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