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    It's been quite a while since I've committed to a 'chise, but I really need the break from reality right now, and this is something I can work on a little bit at a time. I will make a conscious effort to update at least once a day, but work/life may dictate otherwise. I will be playing every game, as well as handling any roster moves, scouting, drafting, etc.

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    Exploring The National League West



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    Thanks to the long-standing traditions of excellence displayed by the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, coupled with the occasional shining season from a team like the Arizona Diamondbacks or Colorado Rockies, the National League West is often one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. Few teams, outside the Yankees and Red Sox, can compete with the spending power of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and few teams can boast the postseason excellence of the San Francisco Giants over the past few years. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks and Rockies have built quality depth at numerous positions and boast two of the stronger farm systems in the league. Here’s a breakdown of what figures to be a deep and competitive division:


    Los Angeles Dodgers
    The crème de la crème in the NL West, the Dodgers have cemented themselves atop the standings the last few seasons. However, they have yet to find sustained success in the postseason. Many blame their lack of playoff victories on a roster bloated with superstars and high-dollar veterans who don’t always “gel.” That being said, the organization has worked to rebuild their farm system, adding budding talent. Corey Seager, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, may soon be joined by the likes of power-hitting first baseman Cody Bellinger and hard-throwing lefty Julio Urias. In their current state, the Dodgers are the easy favorite to repeat as NL West champs, and if their young stars can integrate with their established veteran stars, they should be on the fast track to a World Series title.



    San Francisco Giants
    Despite winning the World Series three times between 2010 and 2014, the Giants have an uphill battle in 2017 if they want to once again show their dominance in a stacked NL West. On paper, they feature one of the strongest rotations in the league, with Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, and Jeff Samardzija representing their top 3. If Matt Moore and Matt Cain can regain ANY of their previous form as front-line starters, the Giants will be able to go toe to toe with any other pitching staff in the league. However, the biggest question is what kind of depth they have should one (or more) of those starters end up on the DL. Their bullpen is solid, but unspectacular. And, once again, depth is a serious issue. Offensively, the Giants aren’t going to wow you with awe-inspiring power or blazing speed. They will need to rely on timely hits and quality at-bats all season long if they want to contend with the likes of the Dodgers and the rest of the National League powerhouses.



    Colorado Rockies
    Don’t sleep on the youngsters from the Mile High City. For the first time in decades, the Rockies boast a pitching staff that is long on talent. However, it is extremely short on experience. Depending on the outcome of Spring Training, the Rockies could very well enter the season with two, three, or even four rookies in their starting rotation. Chad Bettis, who figured to be the veteran leader of the rotation along with Jon Gray, is battling testicular cancer, and may not be back until the second half of the season, if at all. Gray took another step towards becoming the “ace” the Rockies have been searching for their entire existence, but this will be just his second full season in the big leagues. The same is true for Tyler Anderson, who looked like a legit linchpin in a young rotation, but time will tell if he can carry that success over into his first full season in the big leagues. Tyler Chatwood also provides a veteran option for a young rotation. German Marquez, Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, and Jeff Hoffman are all in play to fill out the rest of the rotation, and it’s entirely possible that one of them could end up in the ‘pen. If Colorado can get any sort of quality out of its pitching staff, they boast one of the best lineups in baseball. With Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ian Desmond in the middle of the order, it’s truly “pick your poison” one through seven offensively. This team is truly a dark horse to compete for the postseason.



    Arizona Diamondbacks
    Injuries imploded Arizona’s season in 2016. They lost several key pieces to lengthy DL stays all year long, and the lack of depth at the major league level became glaringly obvious. Assuming better health in 2017, this is another team to keep an eye on in August and September. Their pitching staff is worth watching, outside of Zack Greinke. Robby Ray appears to be a star in the making, with big strikeout potential. The young lefty needs to cut back on the walks to be effective. Their bullpen isn’t flashy, but should be consistent all season. Fernando Rodney can induce heartburn while closing out ballgames, but has been one of the top firemen in recent seasons. Jorge De La Rosa will look to revive his career as a bullpen arm, where he can harness his quality stuff from the left side in short bursts. On the offensive side of things, the D-Backs feature a dynamic offense from top to bottom. Paul Goldschmidt is the gold standard at first base, and is an all around threat at the plate, as well as on the base paths. A.J. Pollock is perhaps one of the most underrated players in baseball, offering exceptional defense in center field, and providing speed and power atop the lineup for Arizona. Pollock and his counterpart in Colorado, Charlie Blackmon, are cut from the same cloth. Breakout seasons from Jake Lamb and Brandon Drury would make this team even more dangerous. Expect the Diamondbacks to be in the mix all season.



    San Diego Padres
    As harsh as it may sound, picking the basement dweller of the NL West may be the easiest choice of them all. The San Diego Padres find themselves mired somewhere between “rebuilding” and “retooling.” Their farm system is about as middle-of-the-pack as you can get, and their roster is full of “prospects” trying to out-perform their minor league splits, or aging veterans trying to extend their waning careers, or bounce back from obscurity. Their rotation features the likes of Jhoulys Chacin, Jared Weaver, and Clayton Richard. Each has had quality moments in their big league careers, but none of them have enjoyed any real success over the past few seasons. Their bullpen doesn’t inspire much more confidence, nor does it really strike fear into the hearts of opposing offenses. Speaking of offenses, the Padres’ doesn’t appear to set the world on fire. Their best hitters appear to be Wil Myers, who has finally started to realize the potential that once made him one of the top prospects in baseball, and Manuel Margot, a blazing quick center fielder with some sneaky pop at the top of the lineup. This is truly a team in transition, and isn’t likely to compete for anything other than obscurity in 2017.

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    Rockies Sign Colorado Native Luke Hochevar
    By Connor Byrne | February 17, 2017 at 3:15pm MDT


    The Colorado Rockies, considered a bit of a dark horse in the NL West, added a veteran presence to their relief corps, signing former Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar late last night. The terms of the deal have not been released, but several sources indicate that it's a guaranteed Major League deal, and that the Rockies expect Hochevar to contribute in the middle to late innings this season.

    Hochevar's deal marks the third major addition to what was a glaring weak spot for Colorado in 2016. The Rockies added veteran lefty Mike Dunn and right-handed closer Greg Holland in the offseason. Holland, who pitched with Hochevar in Kansas City, is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, and having missed all of 2016, no one really knows what to expect out of the former All-Star.

    According to Rockies GM Jeff Bridich, the team felt bringing in a familiar face like Hochevar would help add to Holland's comfort level this season. "These two guys were a killer 1-2 punch for KC when they won the World Series in '15," Bridich told reporters. He went on to express how important the postseason experience of Hochevar and Holland would be for a young squad with high expectations. "Luke got the win in Game 5 of the World Series. He's a guy that can come in and work a clean inning, or slam the door on an inning that's getting out of hand. We really look forward to having him be a part of what we expect to be a much improved 'pen this season."

    Much like Greg Holland, who is working himself back from injury, Hochevar is building himself back into game form, following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in July. The rare disease affects blood flow and nerves to the shoulder and arm, often causing severe pain and "tingling" in the affected area(s). Surgery usually involves removing a rib to allow greater blood flow and growth of nerves.

    In 2015, when the Royals won the World Series, Hochevar compiled a 3.73 ERA, 49 strikeouts, and 16 walks in 50.2 innings pitched.

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    Colorado Adds Right-Hander Jordan Walden
    By Connor Byrne | February 20, 2017 at 7:23pm MDT


    The Denver Post is reporting that the Colorado Rockies have signed right-hander Jordan Walden to a minor-league deal, with an invitation to Spring Training. Much like Luke Hochevar, who was signed two days ago, Walden is working his way back from a significant injury that robbed him of the entire 2016 season. Walden suffered a shoulder injury with the Atlanta Braves, and was unable to contribute last season. He avoided surgery, but his rehab has been slower than expected.

    When healthy, the 29-year-old can be one of the hardest to hit relievers in Major League Baseball. Featuring a “hop” in his delivery, in which both feet actually leave the ground during his stride to the plate, and a mid-to-high-90’s fastball, Walden has seen success in late innings for the Angels and Braves.

    Rockies GM Jeff Bridich announced that the team is hoping to add Walden to a bullpen that is long on potential, and short on results heading into Spring Training. They’ll feature the likes of Greg Holland, Adam Ottavino, Mike Dunn, Jake McGee, Luke Hochevar, and now Walden, all of whom have experiencing closing ballgames in their careers.


    In 2014, Walden’s last full season in the big leagues, he appeared in 58 games, throwing 50.0 innings. Overall, he game up just 33 hits, walked 27, and struck out 62, while compiling a 2.88 ERA.

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    Rockies Trade Minor League Pitcher For Catcher Saltalamacchia
    By Connor Byrne | February 24, 2017 at 9:20am MDT


    The Colorado Rockies added some additional catching depth prior to the start of Spring Training by adding veteran backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the [B]Toronto Blue Jays[B] for minor league right-hander [B]Alex Balog[B]. Balog spent 2016 splitting time between AA Hartford and A+ Modesto. In fact, Balog started the season at Hartford, compiling a 4.77 ERA in 11 starts. In just 54.2 innings at AA, Balog surrendered 68 hits, and issued 21 walks. He only struck out 31 before his demotion to Modesto.

    Alex Balog is a player who just looks like a MLB pitcher. The 23-year-old right-handed starter is 6'5, 210 pounds and throws his fastball on a steep plane in the 90s with regularity as part of a four-pitch mix. Balog was the 32nd-rated prospect overall by Baseball America for the 2013 draft but lasted until the 70th pick, leading many to label him a steal. So why hasn't Balog distinguished himself as a prospect after three seasons in the organization? He’s battled injuries off and on during his minor league career, and despite his size and stuff, hasn’t produced anything more than “average” results.

    In addition to a low-to-mid 90’s fastball with late sink, Balog features a decent changeup, and a curveball that many scouts say has “potential.” The Rockies would have loved for his stuff and potential to translate into a back end rotation piece at the big league level. But, they’ve already explored the option of moving the big righty to the ‘pen, and now they'll see if he can reach that potential somewhere else.

    As for Saltalamacchia, the Rockies are getting themselves a player who has been the very definition of “long on potential, short on results.” Despite the success of his 2013 season in Boston, Saltalamacchia has never come close to living up to his once “top prospect” billing that saw the Braves select him in the first round of the 2003 draft, and saw him included in the blockbuster deal that sent Mark Teixeira from Texas to Atlanta. Last year with Detroit, Saltalamacchia hit just .171 in 246 at bats, with 12 home runs and 38 RBI.

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    Bettis Must Undergo Chemotherapy After Cancer Spreads




    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Chad Bettis beamed with relief last month when doctors showed him promising test results about his testicular cancer. But now, just two weeks later, the Rockies right-hander will require chemotherapy after doctors found the cancer had spread, he said Friday.

    “It’s unfortunate,” he said. “It sucks, to be honest.”

    Bettis, 27, who led the Rockies with 14 victories last year, is the oldest member of what sets up as a young-and-promising rotation. But Bettis will now require several weeks of treatment for a new round of cancer. Bettis said oncologists found in a recent checkup that his lymph nodes had swollen. A biopsy followed which showed that the cancer had spread.

    His prognosis for a healthy recovery is good, in the 90 percent range, he said. Bettis will start chemotherapy treatment in Arizona sometime soon. And he and his wife Kristina are expecting their first child later this month.

    But Bettis’ return to baseball this season is in doubt. “Optimistically? This year,” Bettis said. He was given a broad timeline of potential outcomes.
    “You never know how these things will unfold. From our standpoint, we’ll have to make some adjustments,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “We feel good about what will happen. He will keep his chin up and his chest out and press forward.”

    Bettis, 27, underwent surgery Nov. 29 to remove the cancerous cells. And doctors told him on Dec. 22 the surgery was a success. At the time, Bettis avoided the need for radiation or chemotherapy. And he quickly resumed a near-regular off-season throwing program. Doctors told him they needed to continue to monitor his progress with regular blood tests every three to six months. And his tumor marker blood tests continue to show him healthy.

    “That’s the weird thing about it,” Bettis said. “We wanted to know more. And then it was like, ‘Well, crap.'”

    Bettis led the Rockies in innings pitched last year with 186, and a 14-8 record. He is now the senior member of a young rotation that follows with Tyler Chatwood (26), Tyler Anderson (26) and Jon Gray (24), with a fifth starter still pending.

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