Rox prepare prospects for Coors' challenges

Hitter-friendly Minor League parks can affect young batters' splits

Rox prepare prospects for Coors' challenges

DENVER -- Rockies player development director Zach Wilson was greeted by the forceful winds at the organization's new California League affiliate in Lancaster. But as he considered what the conditions could do to -- and for -- the pitchers, he stopped to consider that the winds can blow both ways for young hitters, too.

"The wind blows there and all of a sudden, you can change who you are offensively, because, 'Oh, what a great park to hit in,'" Wilson said. "We talked a lot about that -- making sure who we wanted to be offensively, who we wanted to be as hitters in Lancaster -- that we weren't swayed by where we were playing."

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Free agent Lucroy, Rockies make good fit

Free agent Lucroy, Rockies make good fit

DENVER -- Catcher Jonathan Lucroy didn't hesitate to express his appreciation for the Rockies when they acquired him in a trade with the Rangers just before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Rockies expressed exactly the same about him. Now, will the Rockies find a way to make this mutually beneficial relationship last longer?

"It's always great to be involved in a team that's hunting the same goal, hunting the same thing -- a championship ring," Lucroy said before the Rockies' 11-8 National League Wild Card Game loss to the D-backs.

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jim Callis

Jemiola moves to 2-0 with 0.00 ERA in AFL

Jemiola moves to 2-0 with 0.00 ERA in AFL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Zach Jemiola had a regular season to forget, getting strafed for a 6.83 ERA in Triple-A and losing seven weeks to a strained oblique. So far, the Rockies right-hander is having an Arizona Fall League to remember.

Back for a second tour of duty with the Salt River Rafters after pitching in the AFL last year, Jemiola has spun eight scoreless innings while winning his first two starts. He blanked the Glendale Desert Dogs for five innings in a 5-1 victory on Thursday night, scattering five hits while striking out four.

Continue Reading

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies' Arizona Fall League overview

Almonte excited to get more work, even out of bullpen

Rockies' Arizona Fall League overview

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Yency Almonte has always been a starter, believes he is a starter and may end up as a starter.

However, the Rockies' No. 10 prospect is working out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League.

Continue Reading

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: How do young arms affect Rox's future?

Beat reporter Thomas Harding answers questions

Inbox: How do young arms affect Rox's future?

DENVER -- The Rockies' 2017 season has ended, but the window to contend has just opened. Today's Edward Jones Beat Reporter's Inbox explores ideas for pushing forward.

Submit a question to Rockies Inbox

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#AwardWorthy: Vote for Arenado

#AwardWorthy: Vote for Arenado

Nolan Arenado is among the candidates for this year's National League Most Valuable Player Award, and for good reason. The third baseman does it all for Colorado as a major offensive producer -- he drove in 130 RBIs in 2017 -- and one of the game's most elite defenders.

Arenado's efforts earned him four nominations for this year's Esurance MLB Awards, more than any other player. He's up for awards for Best Defensive Player, Best Performance, Best Offensive Play and Best Defensive Play.

Continue Reading

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Report: Rockies' Holland won't exercise option

All-Star closer returned from elbow surgery to tie for NL lead in saves

Report: Rockies' Holland won't exercise option

Rockies closer Greg Holland, who enjoyed a remarkable comeback season in 2017, will not exercise the player option on the contract he signed in January and will hit the free-agent market, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Holland, 31, who could be on a shortlist for the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, was a focal figure in the Rockies' return to the postseason for the first time since 2009. He tied the franchise record with 41 saves, which also tied Kenley Jansen for the most in the NL in '17, and Holland was an All-Star for the third time in his career. He finished the year with a 3.61 ERA and recorded 23 straight saves to start the year, winning NL Reliever of the Month honors for April and May.

Continue Reading

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox will address 'pen, right field in offseason

Key free agents will leave holes for Colorado to fill

Rox will address 'pen, right field in offseason

PHOENIX -- Following a relatively unexpected postseason appearance in 2017, the Rockies have to balance continuity with the need to improve and take another step in what they believe is a window to win.

Colorado has a young starting pitching staff, and its Nos. 1 and 2 hitters, center fielder Charlie Blackmon and second baseman DJ LeMahieu, are under club control through next season, with star third baseman Nolan Arenado through 2019.

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies dynamic duo the driving force in 2017

Blackmon, Arenado along with young starters led club to postseason

Rockies dynamic duo the driving force in 2017

Not everything went right, but center fielder Charlie Blackmon and third baseman Nolan Arenado were around to make sure 2017 turned out right for the Rockies in manager Bud Black's first season.

Blackmon and Arenado hit 37 home runs apiece and combined for 234 RBIs to serve as offensive leaders, but there were plenty of other contributors as the Rockies went 87-75 to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2009. The Rockies hope their 11-8 National League Wild Card Game loss to the D-backs was not an ending, but merely an event in a winning window that lasts a few years.

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Coors Field already covered in layer of snow

|
Coors Field already covered in layer of snow

 The Rockies nearly defeated the D-backs in the NL Wild Card Game, cutting the lead to 8-7 in the top of the eighth, before eventually losing, 11-8. Had they won, it would have created a bit of an issue for the postseason schedule as the Rockies would have been playing the Dodgers tonight at Coors Field. That ... probably wouldn't have happened: 

Continue Reading on Cut4

Rockies reflect on taking big 'step forward'

Despite season-ending loss, club proud of ending postseason drought, gaining experience

Rockies reflect on taking big 'step forward'

PHOENIX -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez encapsulated a season that didn't go as planned, but turned out better than most outside of the club expected.

The 2017 season "has been my best year," said Gonzalez, a three-time All-Star who needed a strong final two months to achieve a .262 average, 14 home runs and 57 RBIs. "People can look at my numbers and think that I'm crazy. But it's not about your personal numbers. In the past, I was putting up monster numbers and went home sad because I didn't get a chance to win a trophy. This year was different."

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado finalist for top Players Choice Award

Blackmon, Holland also up for honors

Arenado finalist for top Players Choice Award

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has been chosen as one of three finalists for the Players Choice Awards' 2017 Major League Player of the Year. Also, Arenado and center fielder Charlie Blackmon are finalists for National League Outstanding Player, and closer Greg Holland is an NL Comeback Player finalist, the MLB Players Association announced.

The awards will be announced exclusively on MLB Network on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. MT.

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox battle to finish, but fall short in WC Game

Rox battle to finish, but fall short in WC Game

PHOENIX -- Archie Bradley has made his mark this year on the mound, but it was his work with the bat that made the difference in the D-backs' 11-8 win over the Rockies in the National League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

Arizona advances to face Los Angeles in the NL Division Series presented by T-Mobile, with Game 1 tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Continue Reading

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lambert, Hampson end campaign at instructs

Rockies Nos. 5 and 8 prospects thrived with Class A Advanced Lancaster

Lambert, Hampson end campaign at instructs

The Lancaster JetHawks fell short in the California League Finals, but still put together quite a season, finishing 79-61 and capturing the fifth division title in team history.

Not only were the Rockies pleased to see their Class A Advanced affiliate have a strong season, but the organization also got strong performances from a couple of their top prospects -- Peter Lambert and Garrett Hampson, both of whom are participating in instructional league.

Continue Reading

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gray struggles through shortest start of career

Gray struggles through shortest start of career

PHOENIX -- Rockies right-hander Jon Gray tried to do too much with his curveball on Wednesday night and wound up pitching way too little in his first postseason start.

Gray gave up Paul Goldschmidt's three-run homer in the first inning and four runs total in 1 1/3 innings -- the shortest outing of his career and the shortest postseason start in Rockies history -- to put his team in a hole in an eventual 11-8 loss to the D-backs in the National League Wild Card Game.

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies ride roller coaster of an 8th inning

Rockies ride roller coaster of an 8th inning

PHOENIX -- In the eighth inning of Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game, one inning after D-backs reliever Archie Bradley gave his team a three-run lead with a two-run triple, and with the Rockies' season on the line, Colorado sluggers Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story repaid Bradley, belting back-to-back homers off him to cut the deficit to one run.

Then, for a crazy second or two, it appeared as though pinch-hitter Pat Valaika had made it a trifecta, but his drive to left curved just foul.

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DYK? D-backs trip out to win 'Wild' thriller

Arizona's 4 triples a first in postseason game since 1903

DYK? D-backs trip out to win 'Wild' thriller

It was the highest scoring Wild Card Game yet, and it was a game that lived up to its name.

The D-backs' 11-8 victory over the Rockies in Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game featured plenty of twists and turns, ultimately surpassing the Royals' 9-8, 12-inning triumph over the A's in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game for the most runs scored in any installment of this thrilling winner-take-all. The game also featured 30 combined hits, setting another Wild Card Game record.

Continue Reading

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSimonMLB.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB clears D-backs over electronic watch

No intent found, but club, Prieto fined undisclosed amount

MLB clears D-backs over electronic watch

Major League Baseball announced Friday that it found no evidence that D-backs assistant coach Ariel Prieto used an electronic watch he wore in Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game for any wrongdoing, though he and the club have been fined an undisclosed amount for violating MLB's on-field regulation for having such a device in the dugout.

The New York Post reported Thursday that MLB was investigating the matter, as the league prohibits internet-capable devices on the bench. In addition to the electronic watch Prieto wore, the league also looked into Prieto's cellphone and found neither device was used to relay baseball-related communication during Wednesday's 11-8 win over the Rockies.

Continue Reading

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oct. 4 Bud Black postgame interview

Oct. 4 Bud Black postgame interview

Q. Just talk about the craziness of the game. You have to get Gray so early, and you guys were relentless coming back just what was it like there on the bench?

BUD BLACK: You're right. I don't think you could predict that game coming into this ballpark in this scenario with the way Jon Gray's been pitching and the way Zack Greinke's been pitching and who Zack Greinke is. But you're right. I mean, right away all hell broke loose, and from then on it was a heavyweight fight, going back and fourth. We got close a couple times. They stretched the lead. We came back. Obviously, it was like you said, it was a crazy game. It was really something I don't think any of us scripted.

Q. In regard to Jon tonight, we talked so much about the big moment tonight. What do you think happened? Besides obviously he gave up a hanging curveball to Paul Goldschmidt, but beyond that he did seem a little, my opinion, a little overwhelmed by the moment. Is that fair?

Continue Reading

McMahon, Lambert named Rox top prospects

McMahon, Lambert named Rox top prospects

DENVER -- Infielder Ryan McMahon, who finished the season in the Majors, and Class A Advanced right-handed pitcher Peter Lambert have been named the Rockies' Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year, respectively, by MLBPipeline.com.

McMahon, currently ranked the No. 3 prospect in the system, and Lambert, No. 5, were second-round picks out of California high schools -- McMahon in 2013 out of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Lambert from San Dimas High. They earned the honor not only through stellar statistical seasons, but also through off-the-field intangibles that should serve them well on the climb.

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

NL Wild Card Game: In Real Life

NL Wild Card Game: In Real Life

The D-backs outslugged the Rockies, 11-8, in the National League Wild Card Game.

We were on the scene in and around Chase Field with highlights, Statcast™ info, analysis, tweets and more.

Continue Reading

Numbers lie when it comes to Pint's progress

Rockies happy with way No. 2 prospect faced adversity for first time

Numbers lie when it comes to Pint's progress

Statistically, Riley Pint's season left a lot to be desired. However, numbers rarely tell the whole story, and the struggles Pint endured can ultimately be a learning experience and source of growth for the young right-hander.

"Riley made significant progress in a lot of different areas and one of those areas is he faced a lot of adversity for the first time in his career," said Zach Wilson, the Rockies' director of player development. "That is one of the best development tools that we have at our disposal -- adversity and challenges -- and he faced them this year."

Continue Reading

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado, Blackmon share most valuable bond

Arenado, Blackmon share most valuable bond

DENVER -- When Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and center fielder Charlie Blackmon are seated, table for two, the conversation usually bends toward hitting, and the arc is like many of their hits -- high, deep and beyond reach of most players.

"I've connected well with him," Arenado said. "He loves talking baseball. He loves trying to get better. So do I. We have that in common. We go to dinner all the time on the road and we talk all the time about the game, hitting, his approach. He'll ask me what I saw and just little things like that."

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado among most popular jerseys

Arenado among most popular jerseys

Aaron Judge has the highest number in all of Major League Baseball, and this time we are talking about total sales of his No. 99 Yankees jersey.

MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly announced the latest Most Popular Jerseys rankings on Tuesday, and the rookie slugger topped the list to add another distinction to an historic first full year. The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from MLBShop.com since Opening Day.

Continue Reading

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hilliard climbing ranks in Rockies system

Former 15th-round pick no longer under radar after two big years

Hilliard climbing ranks in Rockies system

Sam Hilliard may have flown a bit under the radar after being selected in the 15th round of the 2015 Draft, but after another strong season, Hilliard is starting to climb his way up prospect charts.

"Sam Hilliard is starting to make waves externally, as he should," Rockiers director of player development Zach Wilson said. "We knew this guy, even just coming into our organization two years ago, he had a chance to be a five-tool type of player."

Continue Reading

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jim Callis

How the Rockies built a winner

Homegrown pitchers join hitting core to send Colorado back to postseason

How the Rockies built a winner

MLBPipeline.com is breaking down how each of the postseason teams was built, looking at the composition of their projected Division Series rosters.

Entering 2017, the Rockies hadn't had a winning season in seven years or made the postseason in eight. Yet they still had cause for optimism.

Continue Reading

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Focused Blackmon captures NL batting crown

Focused Blackmon captures NL batting crown

DENVER -- Center fielder and leadoff man Charlie Blackmon provided the Rockies a good reason to sip some of the champagne that wasn't consumed or delightfully sprayed away during Saturday night's celebration of earning a National League Wild Card.

Dress for October: Shop for Rockies postseason gear

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV Postseason Package available now

MLB.TV Postseason Package available now

Signups are underway for the MLB.TV Postseason Package, and anywhere from 26 to 43 games (35 last year) will be played on the way to a trophy presentation at the 113th World Series.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media has launched its annual postseason products. If you already are among the millions who have subscribed to MLB.TV as a regular-season way of life, then you already get the Postseason Package -- either the U.S. or International version listed below. Here are details of the three offerings now available.

Continue Reading

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reliable Rusin a rock in Rockies' bullpen

Ability of left-hander to pitch in any situation could come into play during postseason

Reliable Rusin a rock in Rockies' bullpen

DENVER -- Rockies left-handed relief pitcher Chris Rusin pitches with average velocity but off-the-charts grit.

Rusin, 30, whose accomplishments far outperform his recognizability, has helped the Rockies out of tight spots, in various roles, all season. With the National League Wild Card Game tonight (8 p.m. ET on TBS) against the D-backs, Rusin could step to the forefront as the Rockies' X-factor out of the bullpen.

Continue Reading

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.