While the Rockies still have a full house in Tucson, Arizona and they must have their roster trimmed down to 25 players before heading north for baseball that counts.
On March 16th the Rockies sent a host of players down to their minor league camp. The list included players like Christian Friedrich, Wilin Rosario and Hector Gomez. Friedrich was the Rockies first pick in the 2008 draft and 23rd best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com. Rosario is the young catching prospect out of the Dominican Republic who will probably be the Rockies catcher to be in the coming years. Gomez is a young shortstop that has a ton of potential and will most likely end up being trade bait because the Rockies already have a pretty good young shortstop.
Today the Rockies made a few more transactions and sent Chris Nelson and Esmil Rogers to the minors. Nelson was a first round selection in 2004 and has been with the major league team in spring training the past three seasons. Rogers is expected to be a large part of the Rockies pitching staff in the near future. Rogers spent some time with the big club in 2009 and if there are any injuries in 2010 he should see more time at Coors Field.
The remaining interesting names on the Rockies roster that may or may not make the team are names like Greg Smith (the third player the Rockies received in the Matt Holliday trade), Eric Young Jr. (he should go to AAA to continue to develop), Taylor Buchholz (coming off of Tommy John surgery) and Jhoulys Chacin (had an outside chance at the fifth spot in the Rockies rotation).
It is starting to look like Melvin Mora will make the team and be the Rockies backup utility infielders. Paul Lo Duca is not going to be with the Rockies. He has stated that he will not accept a minor league position and he is struggling to hit over .100. Greg Reynolds, the Rockies first pick in 2006, is still trying to find a place in the Rockies rotation but will probably need to continue to work on his craft in Colorado Springs.
The best position battle in Rockies camp is at catcher. While it seems apparent that the Rockies are giving Chris Iannetta the position Miguel Olivo is not making it easy. Olivo is batting .391 this spring and the Rockies might have two viable first string catchers. Who will get the majority of the time once the season begins? Will they split a la Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis in Anaheim? Only time will tell.
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