5 Colorado Rockies Who Won’t Make it Through 2014 Spring Training
5 Colorado Rockies Who Won't Make it Through 2014 Spring Training
The MLB season is fast approaching. With just days until the pitchers and catchers report for their respective teams, the grueling process of Spring Training will begin and the 162 games that span between April and September will follow.
The Colorado Rockies will look to further improve from their 2013 campaign in which they finished last in the NL West standings at 74-88. It was an improvement from the 64-98 record they accumulated in the 2012 season, but the fans are hoping that the rebuilding process is slowly but surely beginning to pay off. The team will be looking to record their first winning season since their last playoff appearance in 2009. It's safe to say is that there is a lot of work to be done.
The Rockies have a lot of talent on their roster with Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer. The bright spot for the Rockies pitching staff last year was starter Jorge de la Rosa, who went 16-6 and had a 3.49 ERA. Other than that, the team struggled with pitching.
With pitchers and catchers reporting for the Rockies on February 15, there will be players looking to secure a spot on the 40-man roster. However, as with all sports, not every player can make the team. Some will end up being demoted to the minors or even be released from the team.
With that in mind, here are the five Rockies players that I believe will not make it out of Spring Training this season.
5. D.J. LeMahieu
D.J. LeMahieu is a Rockies second baseman and has been in the league for only a couple of years. The reason I do not see him making the final cut for the 40-man roster is due in part to his production when he does get called up to the majors. As of the 2013 season, he has just four home runs and 54 RBIs -- not good for someone who has been in the league for nearly three years and is already playing for a second team.
4. Paul Janish
Paul Janish was an infielder for the Atlanta Braves as an injury replacement. While he is famous for his game-winning hit in which the Braves came back from a 9-0 deficit against the Washington Nationals, he has not really produced since then. He was invited to Spring Training by the Rockies, but I just do not see him staying for long.
3. Charlie Culberson
A utility man who plays second base and outfield, Charlie Culberson has spent the majority of his career as an injury call-up. He has not been productive in his time in the big leagues; perhaps another couple of months in the minor leagues will help him, but I do not see him getting out of Spring Training.
2. Christian Friedrich
Christian Friedrich showed a lot of promise when he was called up in the 2012 season, but a stress fracture in his back ended his season prematurely and he has not been in the majors since. Hopefully, he will bounce back in 2014, but perhaps he will find a job elsewhere once Spring Training ends.
1. Tommy Kahnle
Tommy Kahnle is another pitcher for the Rockies who was selected through the Rule 5 draft. He has yet to see action in the majors and I don't see that changing. He simply does not have the numbers to compete for a job on the big league roster.
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