5 Players Who Won’t Make Colorado Rockies’ 2014 Opening Day Roster
5 Players Who Won't Make the Colorado Rockies Roster
It is finally here. Baseball season is just about underway.
After a long winter, the Colorado Rockies reported to Spring Training during the last few days. Pitchers and catchers reported back on Feb. 15 while the full squad joined them on Feb. 21. There is a lot to build up on for the Rockies as they will look to grow after a season in which there was improvement, but the end result was the exact same as it was the year prior.
The Rockies will also be looking to go to the postseason for the first time since 2009, where they were eliminated in the divisional round to the eventual National League Champion and 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies three games to one. Manager Walt Weiss will be looking to bring this young franchise back to October Baseball.
There are a lot of players who are regular everyday starters, some who look to take that next step from the minors, and then there are the players who get invites to Spring Training. All the players will be fighting hard for one of the 25 spots available on the roster when Opening Day begins and there is quite a bit of steep competition. Players have all of March to make that stretch toward a roster spot. Some will make it and some will not, but that is why there are practices, drills and spring training games to show the coaching staff and front office what they are capable of.
But the sad news is that not all the players can be on the active roster, so with that in mind, here are the five Rockies players who will be left off that roster when the Rockies start their season against the Miami Marlins.
5. Raul Fernandez
An addition to the 40-man roster after the 2013 season, Raul Fernandez has a lot of upside to him, but has a lot of issues with his ERA and his opponent's hitting, obtaining a 4.60 ERA and allowing 253 hits in his short career. Look for him to go to the minors to work on this.
4. Kyle Parker
An addition to the 40-man roster after the season, Kyle Parker was drafted by the Rockies back in 2010 in the first round. He plays right field for the team and was a star in college having played both baseball and football during his time at Clemson University. Having played quarterback for the team, he has a lot of talent since his arm could help him out there. He could see some time in the majors this season, but for now he will stay in the farm system when Opening Day starts.
3. Jason Pridie
A player who has been on multiple teams since his debut in 2008, Jason Pridie might be more known for his time with the Phillies since that was the one time during his career that he shined. While he has shown what he can do, I do not see him as part of the 40-man roster in April.
2. Tom Murphy
Drafted in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Tom Murphy was named hitter of the week during his time in the minors. I believe he could be the catcher of the future, but with so many catchers vying for a roster spot, I do not see Murphy making the roster.
1. Greg Burke
A pitcher who has been in the league for a few seasons, Greg Burke has been in and out of the majors, making his professional debut in 2009. He has made the Opening Day roster in the past, but because of his inconsistency, I do not see him making the Rockies' roster to begin the season.