Sunday was an important day for the Colorado Rockies. Sunday was the day the catchers and pitchers were scheduled to report in Arizona for Spring Training, which means Sunday could unofficially be called the start of the 2013 MLB season.
For many athletes, this is the moment they have spent their entire lives dreaming about. It is their shot at the Big Leagues, their shot at center stage under the bright lights, it is their shot at playing the game they love at its absolute highest level.
Such is the case for left-handed 23 year-old Tyler Anderson, who received an invitation from the Rockies last Tuesday. Anderson was the Rockies first round draft pick in 2011 and has been impressing everyone within the organization since.
He comes across as a well-rounded, honest young man who is eager for his opportunity to play ball. In Asheville, where Anderson played AA ball to start his career, the prospect gathered a 12-3 record while earning a 2.47 ERA in 120 plus innings of work. The numbers have been impressive enough to get the attention of the new skipper in Colorado, Walt Weiss.
Rockies fans should get excited about this guy being invited to Spring Training. The team’s pitching staff was abysmal in 2012, and a guy like Anderson could come in and immediately go to work as a productive member of the Rockies rotation. This could turn out to be crucial for a struggling bullpen hoping to turn it around in 2013.
Fans of the Rockies should watch this situation carefully. Getting an invite to participate in Arizona is a long ways from being invited to play in Denver and the young Tyler Anderson knows it. For his part, the talented lefty will keep his head down, do his job and try to get better every day. It seems to be the way the Denver sports stars get it done nowadays.