What began as the Rockies' dream season is starting to feel a bit tenuous.
|Rockies Midseason Top 10|
|1. Brendan Rodgers, SS|
|2. Raimel Tapia, OF|
|3. Riley Pint, RHP|
|4. Ryan McMahon, 1B/2B/3B|
|5. Colton Welker, 3B|
|6. Tom Murphy, C|
|7. Ryan Castellani, RHP|
|8. Peter Lambert, RHP|
|9. Yency Almonte, RHP|
|10. Garrett Hampson, 2B/SS|
The Rockies raced out to 47-26 record and first place in the National League West, only to drop 15 of their next 21 and fall into third place.
Still, the Rockies are in position to reach the postseason for just the fourth time in the franchise's 25-year history, and they have a budding young core to be excited about.
Rookies Antonio Senzatela, Kyle Freeland, Jeff Hoffman and German Marquez have taken turns starring in the rotation, while second-year righthander Jon Gray recently returned from the disabled list to take his place atop the staff.
Center fielder Charlie Blackmon has emerged as a legitimate MVP candidate. Nolan Arenado, D.J. LeMahieu and Trevor Story are all 28 or younger, as are promising outfielders David Dahl and Raimel Tapia.
Years of smart drafting and astute trades have begun to pay off for the Rockies at the big league level, and more talent is on the way. Brendan Rodgers has emerged as one of the elite prospects in the game at age 20, Ryan McMahon and Tom Murphy await in Triple-A, and the next wave of promising arms is at Double-A Hartford.
Whether the Rockies choose to use some of that prospect depth in trades to bolster the big league club or call them up to help directly will be up to them.
Even if the Rockies can't hang on down the stretch, the season has marked a turning point for a franchise that has a bright window of opportunity ahead.