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Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 23, Will Ethridge

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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,...

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Joelle Milholm

Friday Rockpile: Hopes and fears for the 2021 starting rotation

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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...

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Mychal Givens, Rockies agree to one-year, $4.05M deal to avoid arbitration

The Rockies and right-handed reliever Mychal Givens have avoided arbitration with a $4.05M agreement for 2021.

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 24, Bret Boswell

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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...

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Samantha Bradfield

Thursday Rockpile: Should the Rockies sign Taijuan Walker?

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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...

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Chet Gutwein

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

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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...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 25, Ryan Feltner

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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...

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Antonio Senzatela, Rockies avoid arbitration

Senzatela, 25, was an oft-utilized member of the Rockies’ pitching staff for the fourth straight season in 2020, which has been his best campaign to date.

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Rockies, Antonio Senzatela Avoid Arbitration

The Rockies and right-hander Antonio Senzatela have avoided arbitration with a $3MM agreement, Robert Murray of FanSided tweets. MLBTR projected Senzatela would make anywhere from $2.2MM to $4.9MM in arbitration.

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Rangers Sign Drew Butera To Minors Contract

The Rangers have signed catcher Drew Butera to a minor league deal, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports (via Twitter).  The contract includes an invitation to the Rangers’ big league Spring Training camp.  Butera will be paid $1MM in guaranteed money if he makes the MLB roster, with up to $500K more available in incentives.

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Samantha Berge

Top 10 Rockies defensive plays

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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...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 26, Bladimir Restituyo

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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...

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Justin Wick

Tuesday Rockpile: How much career—and morale—does Charlie Blackmon have left?

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Tuesday, January 12, 2020

With ongoing trade talks for Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, we are left wondering the internal thoughts of Colorado staple Charlie Blackmon as he nears the waning seasons of his professional career. If the core of the team is disassembled, will Blackmon ever get another shot with the Rockies in the postseason?

This isn’t to say the 34-year-old wants out of Denver (nor is it meant to argue...

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Adam Peterson

Rockies fans: Don’t let McGregor Square become the new “Party Deck”

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Let’s talk about construction and real estate

McGregor Square, the mixed-use development southwest of Coors Field, is nearing completion. The pandemic delayed the project for a few months, but the new building complex is set to feature, among other things, a hotel, condos, a Tattered Cover bookstore location, and, of course, a Starbucks. A 30-thousand square foot plaza in the center of the complex will host ice skating rinks, movie nights, watch...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 27, Mitchell Kilkenny

After a solid professional debut in 2019, Kilkenny did not make any appearances in satellite camp or fall instructs in 2020

27. Mitchell Kilkenny (67 points, 10 ballots)

Mitchell Kilkenny hasn’t had a charmed start to his professional career. The 6’3” pitcher was Colorado’s second rounder (76th overall) in 2018 and had worked his way up from a walk-on to the number one starter for Texas A&M. Though he lacked overwhelming stuff, the right-hander possessed good command/polish and...

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Daren Gonzalez

Monday Rockpile: How the Mets may have affected the market for Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado

Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday, January 11, 2021

Another week, another big splash in baseball. After the last year of speculation, the Cleveland Indians finally made the move to trade Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets last Thursday.

Big splashes like these are always fun and exciting to watch from afar. On the surface, this is just another big market team suiting up to contend, but a move this big creates ripples in the league. These ripples could affect the Colorado Rockies...

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Trade candidate: Jon Gray

Much has been written about the Rockies potentially trading stars Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. There has been decidedly less chatter about starter Jon Gray.

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Justin Wick

Saturday Rockpile: The “stickiest” of situations

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Saturday, January 9, 2021

“Many if not most of the pitchers in baseball use foreign substances, whether it’s pine tar or sunscreen or something else entirely. It’s widely known and widely tolerated and Major League Baseball has turned a blind eye to most foreign substance use.” - Craig Calcaterra

If 70 percent of MLB pitchers are putting foreign substances on the ball, can we honestly say it is still cheating?...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 28, Ezequiel Tovar

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The 19-year-old turned some heads in his 2019 stateside debut

28. Ezequiel Tovar (65 points, 6 ballots)

The last time we did this ranking, I was the only person to put Ezequiel Tovar on my ballot. This year, I’m pleased that some of the electorate has joined me in highlighting the 19-year-old shortstop prospect (who began as a switch-hitter but now swings righty only). Signed out of Venezuela for $800k in August 2017 on his 16th birthday, Tovar quickly...

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Joelle Milholm

Friday Rockpile: Are new Rockies uniforms on the horizon?

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Rockies news and links for Friday, January 8, 2020

In the dreary days of winter in an offseason with little action — I mean little action for the Rockies, not for ever-improving teams like the Padres or the Mets who landed Francisco Lindor on Thursday — sometimes it’s fun to think about hypothetical scenarios down the road. Since the Rockies aren’t giving us many new additions to analyze, how about we look at the rumor of new...

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