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08-20

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The Call-Up: Jeff Hoffman
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James Fisher and Scooter Hotz

07-25

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The Call-Up: David Dahl
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Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Just For the Record
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Ashley Varela

06-28

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Prospectus Feature: Tulo's Bat Is As Cold As The Rockies
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Aaron Gleeman

06-23

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What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises
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Demetrius Bell

06-21

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What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!
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Daniel Rathman

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Don't Ever Get Used to Coors Field
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Nicolas Stellini

05-24

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Baseball Therapy: Framing the At-Bat
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Russell A. Carleton

05-21

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Raising Aces: Shades of Gray
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Doug Thorburn

04-29

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Prospectus Feature: Goodbye, April: You Are Not Special
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Rob Mains

04-25

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What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia?
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Ashley Varela

04-14

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What You Need to Know: The Return Of The Four-Out Save
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Demetrius Bell

04-11

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What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story
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Ashley Varela

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Need Cano Basehits!
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Demetrius Bell

04-06

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Rubbing Mud: An Aptitude for Altitude
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Matthew Trueblood

03-31

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Rumor Roundup: Tim Lincecum, Still Exists
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Demetrius Bell

03-28

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Winter Is Leaving
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R.J. Anderson

02-08

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Tools of Ignorance: Forget It, Jake
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Jeff Quinton

01-27

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Rubbing Mud: The Latest Rockies Identity
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Matthew Trueblood

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: There Were Four In the Bed and the Little One Said...
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Daniel Rathman

12-23

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Rubbing Mud: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Charlie?
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Matthew Trueblood

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: A Motte in the Dark
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R.J. Anderson, Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

11-25

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball Players Hit Women, Too
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Meg Rowley

09-24

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Fantasy Freestyle: Searching for Silver Bullets
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J.J. Jansons

05-14

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Rubbing Mud: Very Bad But Not (Altogether) Boring
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Matthew Trueblood

04-14

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Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-08

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What You Need to Know: A Shift in Colorado
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Chris Mosch

04-07

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Rubbing Mud: Don't Trade Tulo
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Matthew Trueblood

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: It's Olivera Now, Baby Blue
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R.J. Anderson

03-19

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Every Team's Moneyball: Colorado Rockies: Trouble with the Curve
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Dan Rozenson

02-11

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Rumor Roundup: Phillies' Dream: Veteran Who Catches AND Plays Shortstop
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Daniel Rathman

02-09

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Transaction Analysis: Texas' New Platoon
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R.J. Anderson

02-06

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Daisy Cutter: Baseball's Greatest One-Hit Wonder
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Sahadev Sharma

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: An Ax To Sign
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R.J. Anderson

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Three Stories About NL West Teams Pursuing Pitching
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Daniel Rathman

01-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Byrd Has Landed
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-22

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2015 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appearing In This Feature (Beyond Today)
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Daniel Rathman

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: Turn Down For Rut
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

12-04

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Fantasy Team Preview: Colorado Rockies
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J.P. Breen

11-06

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Michael Cuddyer
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Chris Rodriguez

10-09

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Transaction Analysis: Rocky Mountain Bye
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R.J. Anderson

09-08

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Transaction Analysis: Lose the Boss
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R.J. Anderson

09-03

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Transaction Analysis: The ReCall-Ups
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Sam Miller

08-06

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Moonshot: Troy Tulowitzki and the Brittle Bones Hypotheses
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Robert Arthur

07-22

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Notes About Baseball, 7/22
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Rocco DeMaro

07-08

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Going Yard: Super Hits of the 70s
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Ryan Parker

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Dietrich Without the D
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R.J. Anderson

06-05

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The Call-Up: Eddie Butler
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Craig Goldstein and Ron Shah

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Trevor Story can't stop hitting home runs, Vince Velasquez nearly pulls off a no-hitter, and Bartolo Colon resurrects the panache of Willie Mays.

The Weekend Takeaway
Both the Padres and the Rockies had something to rejoice over in the 13-6 slugfest on Friday night. It’s been a long, long week in the NL West, especially for the Friars, who had managed to string together 30 scoreless innings to begin the season. Those 13 runs must've felt like an exorcism.


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Three middle infielders are hitting all the home runs.

The Wednesday Takeaway

In 1941, Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr started off the season by hitting a homer in each of Boston’s first three games. For 75 years, that was the benchmark for hot-hitting second basemen, until Robinson Cano decided that it was time to meet that benchmark. Cano slugged two homers on Wednesday afternoon against the Rangers—one in the first inning, and another in the top of the ninth inning to cap a five-run comeback that powered the Seattle Mariners to a 9-5 victory over Texas.

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Does Jorge De La Rosa give the Rockies, and their front office, hope for a sustainable future?

In my opinion, our very first BP Local site ought to have gone to the Rockies. For me, sabermetrics ought always to be about seeking challenges, looking for problems sufficient to force us to come up with truly creative solutions, truly new ideas, and truly original problem-solving methods. Baseball is, after all, a trivial thing, and while it’s popular and interesting enough to make for thoroughly worthwhile leisure, I can’t encourage smart people to spend their time and mental energy on the game unless I feel that those people are putting their talents to a noble, global use. Maybe that’s dreaming too big, asking too much of the discipline of sabermetrics, and of the game itself. Still, that’s my approach.

Given that premise, yes, we should be spending way more time on the Rockies. We should be spending a ton of time on the Rockies. For someone who hopes to learn about more than baseball in the process of analyzing the game, the Rockies offer the richest potential case material. They are an expansion franchise (not only historically, but culturally). They are the most consistently lost organization in the league. Of course, they also play in the most extreme and vexing environment in MLB, and that’s where they differentiate themselves. For a quarter century, the Rockies have tried to solve the problem of winning big-league baseball games at unprecedented elevation (without totally flaming out when they have to play elsewhere), and have consistently failed.

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Tim Lincecum's showcase remains somewhere down the road. Meanwhile, James Loney might be coming to a town near you and Trevor Story might be coming to a ROY race near you.

Tim Lincecum wants to be "perfect" for potential showcase
Opening Day is only a few days away, and one notable player who more than likely won’t be ready is free agent pitcher Tim Lincecum. The former Giant, former All-Star, former Cy Young winner, etc., is still working out on his own, and rumors of his big impending showcase have thus far been greatly exaggerated.


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March 28, 2016 6:05 am

Winter Is Leaving

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R.J. Anderson

No, really: At least Nolan Arenado is fun to watch.

The Rockies are a mess. They’ve finished fourth or fifth in each of the past five seasons; they’ve trailed the division winner by 20 or more games in all but one of those years (when they checked in 18 games back); and last July they traded their face-of-the-franchise shortstop for, among other (admittedly more important, promising) pieces, a veteran who is now suspended indefinitely following a domestic assault arrest. It’s been all downhill since their divisional-round exit in 2009, and provided you trust PECOTA’s 74-win projection, there’s little reason to believe their fortunes will change over the next seven months. You’d almost be justified in ignoring them. Almost.

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February 8, 2016 6:00 am

Tools of Ignorance: Forget It, Jake

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Jeff Quinton

It's Unconvincingstrategyinlastplacetown.

The Rockies have done some things the past eight months. They did a thing a couple weeks ago. Like most of the things the Rockies have done lately, trading four years of Corey Dickerson for two years of Jake McGee has caused much head-scratching. The reaction to the trade was a combination of said head-scratching and “LOL Rockies” with a splash of “hey, McGee’s really good and his fastball-heavy approach might be a good fit for Coors.” The analyses of the trade all generally led to the conclusion that the Rockies do not really have a plan and that, if they do, it is simply a plan to try and be mediocre.

I do not think that this is likely. If the plan is to be mediocre or there is no plan, then why do anything at all? Why trade Troy Tulowitzki? Why sign an outfielder, just to trade another and add more payroll along the way? To me, these actions and the motivation to be mediocre do not jibe. That said, we can believe that these moves are unlikely to be successes, while having a different theory as to what is motivating this behavior.

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January 27, 2016 9:11 am

Rubbing Mud: The Latest Rockies Identity

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Matthew Trueblood

With Coors Field presenting a constant challenge, we seem to get a new one every couple years.

It’s hard to believe in the Rockies. In 22 seasons of play, the franchise can boast only seven winning seasons, and three with more than 83 wins. Their next division title will be their first, and just now, their next division title feels very far away. This summer saw them trade, arguably, the best player in franchise history, in order to kickstart a rebuilding effort and make a clearer statement of purpose in that direction. Still, it feels like their deep farm system has to pan out almost perfectly, if they’re to overwhelm the impossibly deep and well-heeled Dodgers, or the hyper-competitive Giants and Diamondbacks any time soon. It’s almost hopeless. Yet, the Rockies made one other change in 2015, aside from trading Troy Tulowitzki, that ought to give you at least a mustard seed of faith in them: the Mountains moved. A lot.

Through 2014, the Rockies were one of the league’s most shift-averse teams. In 2013, they had a shift on when 95 balls were put in play. Only six teams (four in the NL) shifted less often. In 2014, Colorado fielders were shifted on 114 balls in play, which represents hardly any added commitment to the concept, and which (since everyone else in the league was rapidly adopting shifting and installing shifts as vital parts of their run-prevention game plans) was 87 fewer than any other team in baseball.

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One of the Rockies' three incumbents in the outfield is about to roll over.

Orioles, Rockies discussing Colorado’s spare outfielders
The slow-developing outfield market lost another mid-tier free agent Tuesday, when the Rockies agreed to a three-year, $27.5 million deal with Gerardo Parra. Like Denard Span, who signed a three-year, $31 million contract with the Giants last week, Parra represented something of a risk after batting just .237/.268/.357 following a deadline trade to Baltimore. But the Rockies apparently were comfortable writing off that skid to Parra’s mid-year city and league change, investing in him through the 2018 season with a $12 million fourth-year option.

Colorado was always something off an odd fit for Parra, because the Rockies already had plenty of left-handed-hitting outfielders. Nonetheless, rumors tying them to the ex-D’backs outfielder persisted and eventually a deal came to fruition. Now, Walt Weiss has four lefty-swinging outfield regulars for three spots: Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Carlos Gonzalez all bat from that side of the plate, and Brandon Barnes and Kyle Parker are available as right-handed batters off the bench.


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December 23, 2015 11:16 am

Rubbing Mud: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Charlie?

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Matthew Trueblood

How the Rockies Charlie Blackmon is going against history.

It's the time of year to take stock of the things that matter most to us, so while others spend these final days of 2015 confessing hidden feelings for old friends or redoubling their charitable efforts, I've been obsessing more than ever over Charlie Blackmon. Specifically, because it's my perpetual hangup and the thing that first grabbed me about Blackmon, I've been digging into what I consider the most remarkable transformation of 2015: Blackmon’s plate approach.

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The Rockies try to find two relievers who can survive Coors Field, while in Seattle Dipoto adds to his bullpen, too.

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Baseball joins the domestic violence conversation.

This is the silly season. The time of year we contemplate Baseball, free from the whip-around of everyday play. So with the news of Jose Reyes’ arrest on Halloween, I find myself pondering something that isn’t silly at all: the violence visited upon women by men who play the game, and my trepidation at how that violence will be handled.

Violence occupies an odd place in baseball. Unlike football, where hard blows are understood as part of the vocabulary of the game, contact is marked as unusual in baseball. It’s the result of a heated moment or an errant throw, a late slide deemed by whatever standard to be dirty instead of gritty. For all the talk of the way the game has always been played, force in baseball often sits in isolation, readily available for dissection and scrutiny. Even those who justify throwing at a batter as necessary retribution do so knowing their rationale is predicated in part on how aberrant this call is. It's a rupture in the way the game proceeds. Traditional but not routine. Stripped of their novelty, those moments would risk baseball becoming a different sport, something unrecognizable.

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September 24, 2015 9:36 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Searching for Silver Bullets

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J.J. Jansons

A look at a trio of under-the-radar Rockies hitting prospects whose stocks could spike on their way to Coors.

Similarly to under-hyped Yankees and Red Sox fantasy prospects (a rare breed), undervalued Rockies fantasy hitting prospects—although rare—do exist in the wild. Sure, we’ve all been burned by a few Josh Rutledges and Ian Stewarts in our day, but there is plenty of future value to be mined in a deep Rockies system, even once you get past the likes of Trevor Story, David Dahl, Raimel Tapia, Forrest Wall, Ryan McMahon, and the recently drafted Brendan Rodgers.

Every fantasy owner knows that Coors Field is a magnificent place for a hitter to call home, and some of the most productive homegrown Rockies have flown relatively under the fantasy radar. A glance at the current edition of the Rockies roster finds multiple fantasy darlings who were far from top prospects, including Corey Dickerson, an eighth-round pick in 2010 from South Alabama, who failed to appear on a single one of our top-10 team lists (he did appear at no. 17 on the 2012 list) and finished last season as a top-20 overall outfielder. Mister Charlie Blackmon, or “Chuck Nazty,” if you’re well, nasty, peaked at no. 7 on Kevin Goldstein’s team top-10 list in 2011 after being taken in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Georgia Tech and is currently the third-ranked outfielder (and seventh-overall player) on ESPN’s Player Rater. Blackmon barely managed to squeeze his way onto fantasy overlord Bret Sayre’s top-120 outfielder list for dynasty purposes prior to the 2014 season, based largely upon playing-time concerns. Even bona fide fantasy monster Nolan Arenado—likely a top-25 dynasty property heading into the winter—peaked at 32nd on the top-100 fantasy prospect list prior to his debut in the 2013 season.

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