Colorado Rockies

Manager: Walt Weiss
Stadium: Coors Field
2008 Record: 74-88 (3rd in NL West)
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LINEUP

'08: Batting | Runs (8th in NL)
PLAYER B POS
Ryan Spilborghs R CF
Troy Tulowitzki R SS
Todd Helton L 1B
Garrett Atkins R 3B
Brad Hawpe L RF
Chris Iannetta R C
Seth Smith L LF
Clint Barmes R 2B
OFF THE BENCH
Ian Stewart L INF/OF
Dexter Fowler B OF

PITCHING

'08: Pitching | ERA (15th in NL)
ROTATION T POS
Aaron Cook R SP1
Ubaldo Jimenez R SP2
Jason Marquis R SP3
Franklin Morales L SP4
Greg Smith L SP5
BULLPEN
Huston Street R Setup
Ryan Speier R Setup
Manny Corpas R Closer
 
Clint Hurdle made the most of his offseason: "I went dogsledding. And my wife and I went to Hawaii. We did the cold and hot." Good thing the manager enjoyed his winter, because his summer may not be so fun. After winning the pennant in 2007, Colorado suffered the biggest decrease in runs scored by any NL team last year (113 runs). And that was with Matt Holliday, whom the Rockies have since traded to Oakland for Huston Street and a couple of prospects. Holliday's replacement in left field is Seth Smith, the guy who backed up Eli Manning at Mississippi and never took a snap in four years. Smith's new assignment figures to be a lot tougher, considering he has four homers and 15 RBIs in 74 career games. "Matt is a better player than I am," the 26-year-old Smith says, showing a gift for understatement. The Rockies hope shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who missed seven weeks with a quad tear, and catcher Chris Iannetta, who didn't become the starter until June, can offset the loss of Holliday. But that's expecting a lot. Face it, Skip, 2009 is going to be tough sledding.
-- Tim Kurkjian

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PROSPECTS

HITTER TO WATCH:

Dexter Fowler wasn't supposed to make the Opening Day roster, but he played so well this spring that he forced the team's hand. He's a plus defender in center with power and speed and could be a dark-horse Rookie of the Year candidate.

PITCHER TO WATCH:

Franklin Morales is just over the rookie innings limit, but he's the closest thing to a prospect on Colorado's staff. He was a power left-hander with a chance for three above-average pitches, but his velocity and command went south in 2008.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.

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Will Troy Tulowitzki shake off a poor sophomore season and become the National League's best shortstop in 2009? With a full season as a starter, will Chris Iannetta have the best season among NL catchers? And does Todd Helton still merit a place among the top NL first basemen? Register your vote.

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FANTASY

SLEEPER

Ubaldo Jimenez quietly posted an ERA under 4.00 last year, and with even some marginal gains in control, he can take another step forward. His stuff is filthy, and he's starting to figure out that less is more when it comes to his fastball. Consistency can be taught; talent can't.

BUST

Carlos Gonzalez, a much-hyped prospect, is now with his third big league organization but hasn't shown much of a clue how to handle big league pitching yet. Playing time is going to be tough to come by for this presumed sleeper.
-- Jason Grey

INJURIES

Troy Tulowitzki had a rough 2008 season. First, he was sidelined for weeks with a torn left quadriceps (not his fault). Shortly after his return from that injury, a laceration requiring 16 stitches to his right (throwing) hand kept him out for two additional weeks (his fault -- he slammed his bat, and it broke and bit him back). After an offseason to heal his leg fully and to settle down his frustration with last year's numbers, Tulowitzki should be in good shape for a strong 2009 season.
-- Stephania Bell

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  • Tim Kurkjian

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    27th overall
    4th in
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  • Buster Olney

    Olney
    24th overall
    4th in
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  • Rob Neyer

    Neyer
    22th overall
    3rd in
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  • Jim Caple

    Caple
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