Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The Colorado Rockies endured the worst season in their 20-year history and lost a franchise-record 98 games. They didn't enter the season with realistic hopes of contending after 89 losses in 2011 but expected to improve and finish with a record around .500. Instead, they regressed badly. The silver lining in this lost season was that a host of rookies and players with limited experience had the opportunity to play a lot due to a slew of injuries. Catcher Wilin Rosario, third baseman-first baseman Jordan Pacheco, shortstop-second baseman Josh Rutledge, infielder Chris Nelson, outfielder-first baseman Tyler Colvin, infielder DJ LeMahieu, outfielder Eric Young Jr. and outfielder Charlie Blackmon improved and generally performed well. The Rockies have a much better feel for the capabilities of these players than they did at the outset of the season and know they can be contributors -- and in some cases may be trade pieces. The flip side is that a group of young starting pitchers...
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