Information from the Colorado Rockies: A 2020 Arizona Fall League Requiem – Purple Row
If the Arizona Fall League took place this year, who would make up Salt River Rafters' new crop? Would Ryan Rolison follow in Ryan Castellani's footsteps a year away? Would there be an important bullpen addition in these few months?
Could it even be our first look at the 2020 draftee Zac Veen in a professional game?
With the Rockies realizing a 0.433 percent profit this year, fans may be excited to turn the page and delve deep into the emerging prospects. There are often ample opportunities to get these players into action in a normal year, but those opportunities were silenced in 2020 after a canceled minor league season.
The gates of the Salt River Fields are also currently closed to the public. These gates don't often see crowds this time of year, but they usually see at least some kind of audience. Last year, the Arizona Fall League began on September 18 and ended on October 26. If 2020 allowed a similar schedule, the league would probably have about a week left. Box scores would continue to feature Rockies players.
(These players would wear teal and black hats. The logo pictured is reminiscent of either a distinct aquatic design or an homage to Oral-B toothpaste – but still cool.)
Colorado sent seven players to the Fall League last year. Colton Welker directed the harvest of the offensive prospects, while Ryan Castellani and Ashton Goudeau did so with the harvest of the pitchers. Also included in the mix was Roberto Ramos, no longer with the Rockies, but with the LG Twins of the KBO. He scored particularly well in Korea this year.
Halfway through the Fall 2019 league, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo posted an update on all seven Colorado prospects involved. One look at Mayo's article, which was removed a year ago, makes readers yearn for 2020, but is optimistic that there are still storylines for top-notch prospects.
Fall action offers another narrative for people hungry for more baseball. After a shortened regular 2020 season, a more in-depth narrative might be more desirable than ever. A fall briefing update isn't quite like an occasional Fall League MLB network broadcast, but a core of the prospect for Colorado is still in the works at Salt River Fields.
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What are the Rockies' prospects after the lost season? | The athlete ($)
Nick Groke and Keith Law provide some of this additional perspective analysis. They deal with how the long-term plan “stays intact for prospects like Brendan Rodgers, Ryan Rolison, and Ryan Vilade. Mainly. (The Rockies) hope. "
The Rockies need the reset button | push Mile High Sports
Bryan Kilpatrick of Mile High Sports says it's time for a "massive shake on the 20th and Blake". However, he does discuss how the bullpen – a dismal component in 2020 – might be exempt from such a shock: “Bullpens are inherently volatile, and the Rockies seem to have at least some decent approach to building theirs in which they have started stock weapons. "
Matt Kemp wants to play in his 40s | The score
Matt Kemp spoke on MLB Network Radio this week about his career longevity and desire to keep competing. "One of my goals in getting into the small leagues and eventually making the big leagues was to play as long as possible."
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