Battle Lines Update: Roster Lining Up
With the announcement thatwill make the Rockies Opening day roster, here’s how the Rockies roster and remaining decisions look heading into the final days of the spring:
All 5 spots set
RH Jason Marquis
Morales won what began as a six-man showdown, beating out Greg Smith, Jason Hirsh,, and Josh Fogg.
6 of 7 spots set
RH Ryan Speier
RH Jason Grilli
LH Alan Embree
LH Glendon Rusch
Street and Corpas remain in contention.
1. Manny Corpas, right-hander | 0-0, 1.00 in nine games.
Last game: Tuesday, 4-1 win against White Sox at Glendale. Worked scoreless eighth, giving up one hit with one strikeout.
2. Huston Street, right-hander | 0-0, 5.23 in 11 games.
Last game: Monday, 10-3 victory against Diamondbacks at Hi Corbett Field. Street worked a scoreless ninth, his seventh scoreless appearance in his last eight games.
Either Juan Morillo, who is out of options, or Matt Belisle, signed to a minor league contract but with an opt-out clause if another team gives him a big-league job, will earn the job.
1. Juan Morillo, right-hander | 0-0, 3.55 in 12 games
Last game: Friday, 8-3 win against Mariners at Peoria. Worked a shutout inning, walking one, rebounding form giving up two runs in two of three previous appearances.
2. Matt Belisle, right-hander | 0-0, 1.08, 1 save, seven games.
Last game: Monday, 10-3 victory against Diamondbacks at Hi Corbett Field. Worked a shutout inning, issuing one walk.
This position was set before spring training opened.
3B Garrett Atkins
1B-2B-3B-LF-RF Jeff Baker
2B-SS-3B Omar Quintanilla
Three contenders for what figured to be two jobs all made the team — Baker, Stewart and Quintanilla, pending a possible trade of Baker. That came at the expense of a fifth outfielder. Baker and Stewart, however, give the Rockies outfield flexiblity, along with Barmes, who can also back up at shortstop or play center field in an emergency.
OF Dexter Fowler
Fowler won battle for extra spot over Dan Ortmeier,, Matt Murton and Scott Podsednik. Murton and Gonzalez were optioned to the minors. Ortmeier is signed to a minor-league contract with no-opt out clause. Podsednik has until Friday to decide if he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs or opt out of the contract.