Colorado Rockies playing well in Spring Training


I haven’t kept up with the Rockies all that much this Spring Training, mainly because I never really keep up with Spring Training for any teams. Either way, they are 7-5 and have been playing pretty well in the Cactus League. They have beaten the Diamondbacks, Rangers, Reds, Padres, Brewers, Cubs, and Angels.

A couple of guys have stood out to me and are doing their best to make cases to either be a starter or make the Rockies team in general.

Feb 25, 2013; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Eric Young Jr. (1) follows through on a swing during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Young Jr. is the first person I noticed when looking through the box scores. EY’s .474 average is pretty good for 19 at-bats and he’s never really had his own chance to start for the Rox. I’m not saying he’s going to take Dexter Fowler’s position in centerfield, but EY has always stood out to me as a solid backup in the outfield, and his play in spring this year might help him out.

Nolan Arenado has been showing some decent power in Spring Training, thus far. He has never played higher than Double A throughout his young career, but as a third basemen, a position that might need a replacement at some point, Arenado is opening some eyes. He has four home runs and ten RBIs in twenty at-bats might be a fluke, but either way, someone has to be looking at the 21-year old closely.

Jordan Pacheco has gotten a good amount of playing time so far, and he’s done pretty well. He’ll most likely be on the team in April, considering he was with the team for 132 games last year. His versatility of being able to play catcher, third base, and first base has to stand out to some of the shot callers.