Rockies Power Rankings Roundup: Week 21
Below is a graph of where the Rockies have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Rockies this week:
Rockies ranked 19th - "Want the definition of a .500 team? The Rockies have a winning record against each MLB team that currently has a losing record (30-26) and a losing record against winning teams (30-38). They also have a losing record against every NL West team except the Diamondbacks, and they have gone 24-26 against the division overall. Still, being near .500 is progress."
Rockies ranked 19th - "Spending big money for elite talent on the free-agent market can have its advantages. Teams like the 2001 Diamondbacks relied heavily on high-priced, veteran players and rode that formula to a World Series trophy. Still, most of baseball’s best teams have largely done it the old-fashioned way: by developing top-notch, homegrown talent, often with multiple young stars coming up at once. When it comes to rookie classes, few teams this season can rival the one put forth by the Rockies. In shortstop Trevor Story (out for the year due to a thumb injury), catcher Tony Wolters, starters Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson and (since demoted) reliever Carlos Estevez, Colorado had already ushered in arguably the best freshman class in franchise history. While that sextet wasn’t going to power a playoff run this season, Rockies fans could at least see the contributions of this year’s group of rookies, combined with roster mainstays like third baseman Nolan Arenado, and imagine a brighter future. The success of Gray, Anderson and other young pitchers in particular has spurred optimism over Colorado’s pitching staff, something that we haven’t seen in Denver since ... well, never. The newest addition to the rookie wave has also been one of the most impressive of the bunch. Leftfielder David Dahl made his major league debut on July 25 in Baltimore, where he went 1 for 4. That modest beginning launched a historic streak, one that saw Dahl hit safely in his first 17 major league games, tying a 75-year-old MLB record. We’ve seen enough Shane Spencers, Sam Horns and Kevin Maases to know that big starts to careers don’t always lead to years of success down the road. But Dahl comes from different stock. A first-round pick in the 2012 draft, he’s been pegged as a potential five-tool star from day one. What held him back at first were major injuries: a torn hamstring in 2013 that cost him most of that season and a nasty outfield collision last year that ended with him losing his spleen. In between injuries, Dahl started to make good on that potential, batting .310/.357/.513 in 367 minor league games (including 92 strong games in Double and Triple A at the start of this season) to go along with 20-steals-a-season speed and plus defense. While the sample size is small and the effects of Coors Field well known, Dahl’s .330/.385/.560 line through his first 26 games adds even more excitement for the future. With the Rockies on pace for their best result in six years and the prospect of sophomore glory next season for the team’s first-year players, Colorado's focus could shift to that other key pillar of team-building. Lefty Jorge de la Rosa’s $12.5 million in largely wasted spending is coming off the books at season’s end, and there's just one more year of painful payouts left for departed shortstop Jose Reyes. Colorado, then, should have some financial flexibility this winter. Sure, the Rockies are still a mid-market team, the coming free-agent market could be relatively weak, and bargain-priced roster pieces like catcher Nick Hundley and first baseman Mark Reynolds are set to become free agents themselves. That said, with recently recalled top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman now in the mix, the best left side of an infield in the National League and further maturation for the young pitching staff, the Rockies have some serious sleeper potential for 2017 and beyond."
Rockies ranked 19th - "Nolan Arenado posts consecutive 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons."
Rockies ranked 19th - "The Colorado Rockies may not be bona fide contenders here in 2016, but they've proven time and again they are capable of beating anyone on any given day.
That was evident last week when they picked up series wins against the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs, who were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in last week's rankings, respectively.
Another big week from second baseman DJ LeMahieu has pushed him into a tie with Daniel Murphy in the NL batting title race, with both players carrying a .345 average into play on Monday.
Charlie Blackmon (.321, fourth) and Carlos Gonzalez (.320, tied for fifth) are also in the top five in that category.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post backed away from the idea of calling LeMahieu one of the game's most underrated players, instead preferring to call him "one of the elite second basemen" in the league."
Rockies ranked 19th - "Future 10 time Cy Young award winner Jeff Hoffman is here. Rocktober guaranteed, league f***ed."