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Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 15, Chris McMahon

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The 24-year-old righty had a strong debut in 2021, but injuries hindered him greatly in 2022

15. Chris McMahon (327 points, 23 ballots)

Chris McMahon is yet another Rockies pitching prospect who was significantly limited by injury in 2022, throwing just 28 2?3 innings across two levels as the season wound down. The 6’2” 24-year-old righty starter’s arsenal fits what the Rockies want to do with their pitchers, combining a steady diet of low...

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Skyler Timmins

Wednesday Rockpile: Remembering Don Baylor’s Life and Career Part 1

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Wednesday, February 8, 2023

In honor of Black History Month as well as 2023 being the Colorado Rockies’ 30th anniversary, it only feels appropriate to reflect on the career and contributions of Colorado’s first manager in team history, Don Baylor. Today’s first part will focus on Baylor’s early life and his minor league career. Following parts will focus on his big league career, followed by his coaching career.


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Tuesday Rockpile: What has to happen for the Rockies to “play .500 ball” in 2023, Part 2

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

Last Tuesday, we explored some internal, returning factors that need to happen for Rockies owner, Dick Monfort’s pre-season prediction to become true in the upcoming 2023 season. Mainly, returning players need to return to the performances expected from them when they signed contracts, i.e Kris Bryant and Germán Márquez. For a little refresher, you can read that article here. This week,...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 16, Dyan Jorge

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The shortstop was eligible to sign in 2020, but had to wait until 2022 to sign due to the COVID-19 pandemic

16. Dyan Jorge (319 points, 23 ballots)

When Jorge signed with the Rockies in January 2022, it was a culmination of a two-year wait for the Cuban shortstop. The former U-15 shortstop for the Cuban national team defected from Cuba in late 2019 at age sixteen with the idea of signing in time for the 2020 season. After a few months spent establishing...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 17, Brenton Doyle

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The outfielder has a star ceiling and a floor boosted by excellent outfield defense

17. Brenton Doyle (310 points, 24 ballots)

Brenton Doyle sure looks the part of a future impact major leaguer. The 6’3”, 200-pound righty outfielder, who turns 25 in May, has bulk and athleticism that evokes a football player. He signed for an above-slot $500k out of D-2 Shepherd University as a fourth-rounder in 2019 and immediately won the rookie-level Pioneer...

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Kenneth Weber

Monday Rockpile: Three Rockies minor league questions we want answered in 2023: part 3

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday, February 6, 2023

In the first installment of the series, we dug into three prominent storylines for Colorado Rockies prospects in the upcoming season. The health and production of Peter Lambert and Ryan Rolison, the durability of Jaden Hill and progression of Brenton Doyle and Benny Montgomery in center field are prominent narratives this season, but not the only ones.

The next segment...

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Renee Dechert

This Week in Purple: February Stars

Colorado Rockies recap and discussion thread for Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 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.

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It’s February, and you know what that means: Pitchers and catchers will be reporting soon.

In honor of the new month, and the...

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Rockies infielder engaged to Vanessa Hudgens

It might be the MLB offseason, but one Colorado Rockies player is still getting a massive W.

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 18, Ryan Rolison

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The lefty’s last two years have been derailed by injuries — fluky ones in 2021, but a surgical shoulder injury in 2022 that’s much more concerning

18. Ryan Rolison (309 points, 24 ballots)

If healthy, Rolison is the prospect best-positioned to help the Rockies rotation in 2023. Then again, we’ve said that the last two years for the 25-year-old lefty, who has been beset by injuries that limited him to 71 2?3 innings in 2021 (plus 20 in the...

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Joelle Milholm

Friday Rockpile: The beauty of a Coors Field tour in midwinter

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Friday, February 3, 2023

27 degrees. Snow blanketing the field. A random late January Tuesday.

Sounds like a good time for baseball doesn’t it?

Against everything logical, it actually was. It was the day I ventured to LoDo to take a tour of Coors Field. The offseason and chilly temps weren’t a hindrance as I was one of eight people let inside the gates at 20th and...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 19, Hunter Goodman

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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...

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Justin Wick

Spring training is revived and well

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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.”

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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...

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Evan Lang

Thursday Rockpile: Tipping a cap to Dexter Fowler

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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,...

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Skyler Timmins

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

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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.

2?2? non-roster invitees will be joining us for Major League Spring Training ...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 20, Grant Lavigne

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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...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 21, Sam Weatherly

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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...

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

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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,...

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

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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...

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Jeff Aberle

Colorado Rockies prospects: No. 22, Victor Juarez

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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...

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Kenneth Weber

Monday Rockpile: An insular philosophy, reaffirmed

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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...

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