Projecting the Rockies’ 2023 roster. Lots of holes to fill


The Rockies insist they are not rebuilding. But if they want to avoid their fifth consecutive losing season and escape the National League West basement in 2023, they’re going to have to retool.

Because there’s a lot that needs fixing. A rundown:

— An anemic road offense that ranks among the worst in baseball and through Friday had hit only 41 home runs away from Coors Field, the worst in the majors. Colorado’s .624 OPS ranked 29th.

— A bruised, battered and injured starting rotation that turned out to be a weakness rather than the team strength it was expected to be. The Rockies entered the weekend with a 5.06 ERA, tied with Washington for the worst in the majors.

— A bullpen that has some solid arms but lacks quality depth. Its 4.72 ERA is the worst in baseball.

— A defense that entered the weekend ranked 25th in the majors with a .983 fielding percentage.

There are some promising position players in place for 2023, but promise does not equate to proven performance. Corner infielder Elehuris Montero and first baseman/right fielder Michael Toglia have already debuted, and there is a chance hot-shot shortstop prospect Ezequiel Tovar could get called up during the final three weeks of the season. Tovar came off a three-month stint on the injured list on Friday and played his first game for Triple-A Albuquerque. All three will have to win jobs in spring training.

Outfielder Zac Veen, now at Double-A Hartford, could also make his debut at some point next season.

As the Rockies edge toward the offseason, they have two priorities: starting pitching and a leadoff hitter who can play center field.

Following is a projection of what the Rockies’ roster will look like on opening day 2023:

Starting rotation

This looks like a real trouble spot unless the Rockies can swing a trade for an established starter or coerce a free agent to pitch at Coors Field. (Good luck with that).

As it stands, the Rockies’ only two, healthy, established starters are left-hander Kyle Freeland and right-hander German Marquez, who’s gone from potential ace to mercurial question mark.


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