Tracy wants his players to relax at camp

Tracy wants his players to relax at camp

Tracy wants his players to relax at camp
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The way Jim Tracy sees it, Rockies players have plenty of time to prove their worth at camp. It's not something he wants them to fret over in the first few days.

The Colorado skipper has stressed this week that he wants the players to concern themselves more with the process than the outcome, and not get caught up worrying about small things as they break camp at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.

"I told these guys prior to Day 1," Tracy said, "[that] they're allowed to have the opportunity to be in an environment where they can work on some of the different things they want to work on and things we'd like to see them work on and realize they're not being overevaluated every time they try to do something that they're trying to get better at."

From the infield to the bullpen, the Rockies have plenty of spots to be seized. There are spots in the starting rotation up for grabs, and young elite prospects such as third baseman Nolan Arenado and catcher Wilin Rosario who are trying to prove they're capable of contributing at the big league level.

Tracy said he doesn't want the pressure of making the club to linger over their early workouts, as they get into a rhythm at camp.

"We'll start looking a little bit closer on March 3 [the Rockies' Spring Training opener]," Tracy said. "But in the meantime, give them an arena they can go out, and there will be things you want to see certain guys continue to do. They have the proper forum to be able to go out there and not worry about the outcome.

"I'm really trying to stress to these guys that the process is way more important than the outcome. The outcome is a byproduct of the process."