Apr 1, 2023 - Sports

Rockies' season has nowhere to go but up

C.J. Cron, Alan Trejo, Ezequiel Tovar and Ryan McMahon high-five after the Rox beat the Padres on opening day. Photo: Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Rockies baseball is back! But not to rain on your parade, the season might not end in a World Series.

State of play: Coming off a 68-94 campaign, the Rox are projected for an MLB-worst-tying 67-95 record. If they fall just a few games shy of that projection, they could be looking at the first 100-loss season in franchise history.

Yes, but: That doesn’t mean there's nothing to look forward to this season. For starters: Year two of Kris Bryant’s seven-year, $182 million contract will (hopefully) look much better than year one.

  • Injuries robbed Bryant of all but 42 games last year, and though he hit well when healthy (.306 batting average), he curiously went homerless in Coors Field’s thin air.
  • Now, he’s coming off a spring that saw him mash four homers in just 37 at-bats — flashes of the player that won Rookie of the Year in 2015, MVP in 2016, and hit 25 homers and made the All-Star team just two years ago.

Plus … There are some exciting young prospects who will get ample playing time this year and could form the core of the post-rebuild roster.

  • Elehuris Montero (24 years old), acquired in the Nolan Arenado trade, should be the everyday third baseman after a stellar spring.
  • Ezequiel Tovar (21), MLB’s No 25 overall prospect who was signed by the Rockies out of Venezuela in 2017, is the starting shortstop.
  • And Zac Veen (21), an outfielder with plenty of pop who was drafted ninth overall in 2020, should get brought up later this summer to make his MLB debut.

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