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Colorado Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to the team emphasizing speed this year. In a recent interview, he told Rockies beat writer Patrick Saunders that he wanted to steal 20 bases this year, while confidently adding "You heard it here first." Rodgers has a chance to be the team's primary second baseman this year. The 24-year-old has had a tough time in his 32 major league games the past two years. He's slashing .196/.235/.227 with just one extra-base hit, a double, over his two-year MLB career. He's yet to steal his first bag in the majors, but he stole 12 bases in his last full year in the minors, 2018, which he split between Double-A and Triple-A. He's an intriguing sleeper in all leagues this year with the potential to hit for power while also adding stolen bases.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia slugged his first Cactus League home run on Wednesday when he went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI against the Athletics. Tapia took Jordan Weems deep for an opposite-field home run with Brendan Rodgers aboard in the bottom of the third inning. The two-run shot helped make up for a pair of costly errors he committed earlier in the game. The 27-year-old has now led off in two of three Cactus League games for the Rockies and looks primed to start the season as their everyday leadoff man. Tapia put together an excellent 2020 season after a strong finish. He ended with a .321/.369/.402 batting line to go along with one home run, 17 RBI and eight stolen bases over 184 at-bats. He has some holes in his swing and apart from last season has never been a great source for on-base percentage, but he'll carry a lot of fantasy value if he can bat in the top spot for the Rockies this year.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Ryan Castellani had a rough outing in his Cactus League debut on Wednesday against the Athletics. He only surrendered two hits, which led to seven runs (four earned), while also walking a pair over his two innings of work. The poor outing wasn't entirely his fault, though, as a few costly errors by first baseman C.J. Cron and left fielder Raimel Tapia factored into the inflated run total. Castellani didn't look sharp for his part, however, as only 24 of his 44 pitches went for strikes. Command was an issue for the 24-year-old last season as well, when he registered a rough 5.82 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 25:26 K:BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings (nine starts). He's currently competing for a rotation spot with Austin Gomber and will need to improve on his command if he wants to win the job. He's not a recommended fantasy arm, even if he does make the starting rotation.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia had his best major league season last year. He slashed .321/.369/.402 with 26 runs and eight stolen bases over 51 games. This year, he is aiming much higher. In a recent interview, he stated that he has his sights on a National League batting title this year. Rockies manager Bud Black backed him up, saying "I wouldn't count him out." Tapia struggled out of the gate last year, hitting just .154 in July before hitting .338 in August and .330 in September. Overall, he lifted his average immensely last year, up from .275 in 2019. If he can continue to make strides at the plate, he could certainly find himself in a race for the National League batting title.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who can become a free agent after the 2021 season, is unlikely to re-re-sign with the team, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Heyman stated earlier that the Rockies are "said not to have the budget for any big signing at the moment, so barring some big change there won't be an extension coming anytime soon for superstar SS Trevor Story." The writing has been on the wall for some time, as the Rockies haven't even opened discussions about an extension with the All-Star shortstop. Colorado already traded third baseman Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals during the offseason and look to be heading into full-on rebuild mode. This recent bit of news increases the probability of a midseason trade, which could hamper Story's fantasy value. He should still play the first half of the year at Coors Field, though, so this recent bit of news shouldn't prevent you from taking him at his second-round ADP.