SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- We did a Rockies Opening Day roster prediction a few weeks ago, with the warning that injuries do and will happen. Camp has lived up to that guarantee (although the need for pitcher Chad Bettis to undergo chemotherapy for testicular cancer is not what anyone expects or wants), so it's time to take a fresh look at how manager Bud Black's first Rockies roster could look April 3 at Milwaukee.
First base Mark Reynolds, Jordan Patterson Ian Desmond, beginning a five-year, $70 million contract, was hit on the left hand by a pitch and is gone for four to six weeks. That means Reynolds, a non-roster invitee, steps in. Patterson has been solid this spring, and has experience in the outfield. Stephen Cardullo also has hit for power and has experience at the position, but is a non-roster invitee who can be retained. The big question is switch-hitting Cristhian Adames, who has been displaced as the middle-infield backup. He seems to be developing power, but there may not be room and he is out of Minor League options. If he doesn't make the final cut, the Rockies could retain him and develop him as a pinch-hitter.
Shortstop Trevor Story
He has hit for power again this spring. Last year, a powerful spring led to a history-making start to his rookie year.
Utility Alexi Amarista
Offense has been a struggle throughout his career and the issues have continued this spring. But in 2014 in regular duty at shortstop with the Padres, under Black, Amarista earned seven Defensive Runs Saved. Story missed the final two months last season with a hand injury, and the Rockies didn't have anyone who could provide defense at Amarista's level.