Colorado Rockies

 

2005 Record: 67-95. 5th in division.

Anticipated Opening Day Roster:

 

Lineup

1-Cory Sullivan-OF

2-Clint Barnes-SS

3-Matt Holiday-OF

4-Todd Helton-1B

5-Garret Atkins-3B

6-Luis Gonzales-2B

7-Brad Hawpe-OF

8-Yorvit Torrealba-C

Starting Rotation

1-Jason Jennings-R

2-Jeff Francis[i]-L

3-Byun-Hung Kim-R

4-Aaron Cook-R

5-Sunny Kim-R

Bullpen

Brian Fuentes-Closer

Jose Mesa-R-Set up man

Ray King xxv -Lefty Special

Mike DeJean-R

David Cortes-R

Tom Martin-L

Manuel Corpas-R-Long Relief

 

Utility: Jeff Baker INF, Ian Stewart[ii] 3B, Eli Marrero OF, JD Closser C

 

25th man contenders: Willie Harris 2B, Jamey Carroll INF, Omar Quintanilla INF, Choo Freeman OF, Ryan Spilborghs OF, Manuel Corpas P, Zach Day SP, JD Closser C

 

Departures: Dustan Mohr OF, Desi Relaford INF, Todd Greene C, Jay Witasik RP

 

Additions: Ray King RP, Jose Mesa RP, Willie Harris 2B

 

Strengths: Talent, youth, desire, opportunity, the 2008 season. The ROY could hail from Colorado this year, so could a 100 loss season, although the Rockies did not lose any significant players in the off season and are one year more experienced. This year is about building a foundation

 

Weaknesses: Finding a good babysitter will be tough, career backup Yorvit Torrealba is considered a veteran on this team which brought in other vets like Ray King and Jose Mesa to demonstrate to the wealth of young talent how NOT to disregard healthy eating, proper exercise, self control, anything to do with law abiding.  Behind Jason Jennings, who has the potential to surpass the mile high pile of pitchers who have failed in the Colorado air is a crapshoot, loaded with talent and a pair of Kim’s, the rotation and bullpen are open to anyone who performs. Surrounding Todd Helton is a free for all, youth and talent are the only constants, however injuries are already hitting the Rockies this spring, (Day, Fogg, Torrealba, Salazar, Marrero, Tsao).

 

Foreseen variables: 20-year-old phenom Ian Stewart could swing his way into a roster spot.  If converted pitcher Simon Ferrer[iii] can continue to impress with his devastating knuckler in the minors, the thin air of Colorado may be his next destination. Todd Helton could be moved for prospects before his decline becomes apparent and value diminishes.

 

2006 Projection: Last in the division. Plenty of talent, but time and Coors Field still need must be conquered prior to respectability.


 

[ii] Jeff Francis- gave up 6 runs in 1 1/3rd inning in WBC to Canada. Potential Ace.

[ii] Ian Stewart- Rockies say he is going to AA Tulsa, his #’s say he is going to the show

[iii] Simon Ferrer- Converted infielder, throws the knuckler, described as “impressive” can he throw it for strikes consistently? By the all-star break his future will be determined.

[iii]  Ray “tiny” King- the big guy has had six straight seasons with an ERA below 3.6