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Homegrown Team: Colorado Rockies

Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 7:25 pm
Troy Tulowitzki

By C. Trent Rosecrans

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

Building a team in Colorado has been a bit of a conundrum throughout the Rockies' brief history -- the offensive numbers will come in the elevation, while pitchers have to be homegrown because free agent pitchers aren't exactly lining up to play in the high altitude.


1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Seth Smith, RF
3. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Todd Helton, 1B
6. Juan Uribe, 3B
7. Chris Iannetta, C
8. Clint Barmes, 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Ubaldo Jimenez
2. Jhoulys Chacin
3. Jake Westbrook
4. Aaron Cook
5. Jeff Francis


Closer - Franklin Morales
Set up - Luis Ayala, Jamey Wright, Pedro Strop, Edgmer Escalona, Rex Brothers, Matt Reynolds
Long - Juan Nicasio

Notable Bench Players

Wilin Rosario and Josh Bard give this team a good stable of catchers, while Everth Cabrera, Chone Figgins, Ian Stewart, Juan Pierre and Ryan Spilborghs give the team some veratile players in the field, with Brad Hawpe perhaps the best bat off the bench.

What's Good?

The lineup's going to score some runs, that's for sure. Especially in Colorado, having a 3-4 of Tulowitzki and Holliday is going to be impressive. Of course, there's not Carlos Gonzalez, so it's pretty much even compared to the regular team. The team is strong up the middle defensively, which it will need...

What's Not?

The pitching staff is similar to what we saw in real life in 2011, with Chacin leading the way and Jimenez struggling before being traded. Westbrook helps, but you have to remember he wasn't even on the Cardinals' playoff roster for the first two rounds and pitched two innings in the World Series. The bullpen is deep, but not overpowering.

Comparison to real 2011

The wheels fell off the Rockies in 2011, with the team going a disappointing 73-89. The offense on this team is similar, while the pitching (especially the bullpen) is not as good -- that formula adds up to another losing season and probably a 90-loss season.

Next: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:33 pm

Homegrown Team: Colorado Rockies

They're going to keep needing to draft good starters

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:46 am

Homegrown Team: Colorado Rockies

IF they stayed on the team who drafted them.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:43 am

Homegrown Team: Colorado Rockies

I should have read the point of the article before commenting.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:26 am

Homegrown Team: Colorado Rockies

Is this article real? I seriously can't tell. I am going to point out the 4 very obvious mistakes, although I'm sure there are more. I just don't want to look at it anymore because it hurts my brain.

#1 - Ubaldo is on the Indians. Anyone who watched any baseball last year knows this happened.
#2 - Matt Holliday in left field? Did they get him back from the Cardinals or am I completely missing this too?
#3 - Chis Iannetta was just traded to the Angels. Again, if you follow any baseball, you know this.
#4 - Clint Barmes at 2nd base??? He just signed with the Pirates to play shortstop.

The thing you really need to take from this article is to basically disregard the entire thing was written and hope that CBS pulls it. 

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:01 am

Homegrown Team: Colorado Rockies

Huh?  Holliday is a LF...

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:40 pm

Homegrown Team: Colorado Rockies

A team riddled with injuries and overpaid guys.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:40 pm

Homegrown Team: Colorado Rockies

Two RFs and no LF... interesting...

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