A new Major League Baseball season is just a couple months away.
The Colorado Rockies begin their Spring Training when pitchers and catchers report Saturday, Feb. 15. The team has had a quiet off season as they look to improve on a dismissal season in which they finished last in the NL West with a 74-88 season. They have a lot of work to get back up to baseball’s elite but there is reason for optimism this season. One of the pitchers reporting that will be looking to earn a spot in the starting rotation is Tyler Chatwood.
Chatwood became a member of the Rockies team in 2012 when he was traded from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after one season with the team in the majors. He had his best season of his career in 2013 as he posted an 8-5 record but spent quite a bit of time on the disabled list due to injuries and was scratched a few games. Rockies fans are hoping that he can stay healthy this season as his numbers are solid despite entering his third year in the majors.
Some of his 2013 numbers include a 3.15 ERA and a .278 BA with 68 strikeouts. Those are solid numbers even though he only played in 20 games that year. He will look to improve on his career ERA and win-loss record as both do not garner ace pitcher status. He does have the potential with five different types of pitches which include a four seam, curve, slider, change-up and sinker.
He goes into training camp as one of the pitchers in the starting rotation. His performance during Spring Training will determine where he will be placed in the rotation, but in order to keep his spot and avoid demotion to the minors, he will have to stay healthy and try to go deep in the majority of his starts.
Look for Chatwood to have a breakout year in the 2014 season as he hopes to help the Rockies back into the postseason.