State of the Position: Rockies rotation in holding pattern as prospects await – Purple Row
The Rockies rotation is in a bit of flux as the club has some veterans holding down the fort while it waits for young pitchers to be ready for the Show.
The names in the starting rotation for the Rockies in 2015 will look very similar to the ones that were there in 2014, with 116 of last season’s 162 starts made by pitchers who are still with the organization entering Spring Training. They do however have some added depth in the rotation and have some big-name prospects that could very well make their debuts in 2015.
The five (presumed) starters
Jorge De La Rosa will likely make his second-straight Opening Day start for the Rockies in 2015, which would tie a franchise record for Opening Day starts. That’s right, no pitcher has ever started for the Rockies three times on Opening Day. De La Rosa was handed a two-year, $25 million contract extension in September, despite struggling somewhat in 2014. He was the only Rockies pitcher to pitch 150 or more innings last year, with a 4.10 ERA and 104 ERA+ to go with his 14-11 record. The 34-year-old will again be counted on to provide stability in the rotation in 2015 and to be a mentor to the team’s younger pitchers.
If healthy, Jhoulys Chacin represents a second stalwart in the Rockies’ rotation. The fact that it is an odd year may be a good sign for Chacin, who has an ERA of 3.54 in 62 starts in the last two odd years. Compare that to the last two even years, where he has made just 25 starts with a 4.90 ERA. Reports from the offseason sound good for the 27-year-old, who is coming off his worst season as a big leaguer in 2014, and it is needless to say that a Chacin like the one we saw in 2011 or 2013 would be a huge boost to the Rockies in 2015.
The first of the young guns is lefty Tyler Matzek, who will be entering his first full major league season in 2015. Matzek impressed in his debut in 2014, compiling a 4.05 ERA in 117 2/3 innings with 44 walks and 91 strikeouts. He was especially good down the stretch, posting a 1.90 ERA in 47 1/3 innings over his last seven starts. The Rockies’ first round pick in 2009 struggled through the minors, but looks like he can begin to vindicate that selection with a strong performance in 2015.
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