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1. Nolan Arenado, 3b
2. David Dahl, of
3. Trevor Story, ss
4. Kyle Parker, of
5. Chad Bettis, rhp
6. Eddie Butler, rhp
7. Tyler Anderson, lhp
8. Tyler Matzek, lhp
9. Jayson Aquino, lhp
10. Ryan Wheeler, 3b/1b/of
Best Hitter for Average Nolan Arenado
Best Power Hitter Kyle Parker
Best Strike Zone Discipline Kyle Parker
Fastest Baserunner Max White
Best Athlete David Dahl
Best Fastball Eddie Butler
Best Curveball Tyler Matzek
Best Slider Chad Bettis
Best Changeup Edwar Cabrera
Best Control Tyler Anderson
Best Defensive Catcher Lars Davis
Best Defensive Infielder Nolan Arenado
Best Infield Arm Nolan Arenado
Best Defensive OF Rafael Ortega
Best Outfield Arm Julian Yan
Catcher Wilin Rosario
First Base Nolan Arenado
Second Base Josh Rutledge
Third Base Troy Tulowitzki
Shortstop Trevor Story
Left Field Dexter Fowler
Center Field David Dahl
Right Field Carlos Gonzalez
No. 1 Starter Drew Pomeranz
No. 2 Starter Jhoulys Chacin
No. 3 Starter Chad Bettis
No. 4 Starter Eddie Butler
No. 5 Starter Tyler Anderson
Closer Rex Brothers
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Aaron Cook, rhp Phillies
2004 Chin-hui Tsao, rhp Royals
2005 Ian Stewart, 3b Cubs
2006 Ian Stewart, 3b Cubs
2007 Troy Tulowitzki, ss Rockies
2008 Franklin Morales, lhp Red Sox
2009 Dexter Fowler, of Rockies
2010 Tyler Matzek, lhp Rockies
2011 Tyler Matzek, lhp Rockies
2012 Drew Pomeranz, lhp Rockies
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Ian Stewart, 3B Cubs
2004 Chris Nelson, SS Rockies
2005 Troy Tulowitzki, SS Rockies
2006 Greg Reynolds, RHP Reds
2007 Casey Weathers, RHP Cubs
2008 Christian Friedrich, LHP Rockies
2009 Tyler Matzek, LHP Rockies
2010 Kyle Parker, OF Rockies
2011 Tyler Anderson, LHP Rockies
2012 David Dahl, OF Rockies
Tyler Matzek, 2009
Greg Reynolds, 2006
Jason Young, 2000
David Dahl, 2012
Troy Tulowitzki, 2005
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The Rockies plumbed new depths in 2012, compiling the worst record in franchise history at 64-98, so significant changes were probably to be expected.

After reaching the playoffs in 2009 when Jim Tracy took over as manager in May, Colorado has been in steady decline, going from 92 wins to 83 to 73 to 64. After trying various fixes without success, the organization got radical in 2012.

In mid-June, the Rockies implemented a four-man rotation and alloted each starter about 80 pitches. That plan reduced the opportunity for valuable sidework between starts, among other problems, and was scrapped after two months.

The pitching staff ended the season with a 5.22 ERA, the highest in the majors and the team’s worst since 2004, as the organization continues to struggle with the vagaries of playing at altitude. Colorado’s 35-46 record at Coors Field last season was its worst ever, and its starters’ ERA at home was 6.70.

In August, general manager Dan O’Dowd and assistant GM Bill Geivett essentially switched responsibilities, with O’Dowd shifting his focus to player development and scouting while keeping the GM title. Geivett became senior director of major league operations and established an office in the clubhouse conference room, from where he exerted significant influence over just about everything associated with the team except game management.

Uncomfortable with his reduced authority under the new front-office arrangement, Tracy resigned after the season, walking away from the $1.4 million salary he had coming in 2013. To replace him, the Rockies hired Walt Weiss, the shortstop on their first-ever playoff club in 1995 and a former special assistant to O’Dowd for seven years, most recently in 2008. Weiss hasn’t managed or coached professionally, and he had coached a Denver-area high school team for one successful season when hired.

Colorado has a long history of loyalty to its employees, so the one-year deal Weiss received is less significant than it seems. He has the pedigree of playing most of his career for Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox, and he’s familiar with the organization.

Amid the rubble, there was some good news. Injuries created big league opportunities for a host of relatively inexperienced position players. Charlie Blackmon, Tyler Colvin, D.J. LeMahieu, Chris Nelson, Jordan Pacheco, Wilin Rosario, Josh Rutledge and Eric Young Jr. got the at-bats to show that they have major league value.

However, the big leagues were a struggle for young starters Tyler Chatwood, Christian Friedrich, Drew Pomeranz and Alex White. In another effort to solve their pitching conundrum, the Rockies hired Mark Wiley to the newly created position of director of pitching operations in October. He’s another former special assistant to O’Dowd and will work closely with him to find a way to develop effective pitchers in Colorado.

Four of the Rockies’ six U.S.-based affiliates made the playoffs in 2012 as the organization puts three highly unproductive drafts from 2006-08 further in its rear-view mirror.

Closer-in-waiting Rex Brothers and third baseman Nolan Arenado (the system’s top prospect) were drafted in 2009, followed by outfielder Kyle Parker, righthander Chad Bettis (its best pitching prospect) and Rutledge in 2010. Lefthander Tyler Anderson and shortstop/third baseman Trevor Story were the top selections in 2011, while 2012 first-rounder David Dahl won Rookie-level Pioneer League MVP honors in his pro debut.

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