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For the first time in their 21-year history, the Rockies finished last in consecutive seasons, albeit with a 10-game improvement to 74-88 in 2013 under first-year manager Walt Weiss.

1. Jonathan Gray, rhp
2. Eddie Butler, rhp
3. Rosell Herrera, ss
4. Kyle Parker, 1b/of
5. Chad Bettis, rhp
6. David Dahl, of
7. Tom Murphy, c
8. Ryan McMahon, 3b
9. Trevor Story, ss
10. Raimel Tapia, of
Best Hitter for Average David Dahl
Best Power Hitter Kyle Parker
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Rosell Herrera
Fastest Baserunner Max White
Best Athlete Rosell Herrera
Best Fastball Jonathan Gray
Best Curveball Scott Oberg
Best Slider Eddie Butler
Best Changeup Eddie Butler
Best Control Christian Bergman
Best Defensive Catcher Dustin Garneau
Best Defensive Infielder Trevor Story
Best Infield Arm Trevor Story
Best Defensive Outfielder Wilson Soriano
Best Outfield Arm Jared Simon
No Player, Pos (Age) Peak Level
1. Jonathan Gray, rhp (22) High Class A
2. Eddie Butler, rhp (23) Double-A
3. Nolan Arenado, 3b (22) Majors
4. Tyler Chatwood, rhp (24) Majors
5. Wilin Rosario, c (25) Majors
6. Rosell Herrera, ss (21) Low Class A
7. Kyle Parker, 1b/of (24) Double-A
8. Chad Bettis, rhp (24) Majors
9. David Dahl, of (20) Low Class A
10. Tom Murphy, c (22) Double-A
11. Ryan McMahon, 3b (19) Rookie
12. Josh Rutledge, 2b/ss (24) Majors
13. Drew Pomeranz, lhp (25) Majors
14. Corey Dickerson, of (24) Majors
15. D.J. LeMahieu, 2b/3b (25) Majors
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org.
2004 Chin-Hui Tsao, rhp Out of baseball
2005 Ian Stewart, 3b Dodgers
2006 Ian Stewart, 3b Dodgers
2007 Troy Tulowitzki, ss Rockies
2008 Franklin Morales, lhp Red Sox
2009 Dexter Fowler, of Rockies
2010 Tyler Matzek, lhp Rockies
2011 Drew Pomeranz, lhp Rockies
2012 Drew Pomeranz, lhp Rockies
2013 Nolan Arenado, 3b Rockies
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org.
2004 Chris Nelson, ss Angels
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
2013 Jonathan Gray, rhp Rockies
Jonathan Gray, 2013 $4,800,000
Tyler Matzek, 2009 $3,900,000
Greg Reynolds, 2006 $3,200,000
Jason Young, 2000 $2,750,000
David Dahl, 2012 $2,600,000
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Weiss had never managed professionally before taking the Rockies job with a one-year contract. He now has earned the stability of a three-year deal after showing the requisite leadership, communication, organization and decision-making skills to manage in the big leagues.

After successive losing seasons at home, Weiss wanted the Rockies to re-establish their dominance at Coors Field and approach .500 on the road, where Colorado has had only one winning record (41-40 in 2009). The Rockies did go 45-36 at Coors Field but were 29-52 on the road, losing 23 of their final 32 away games.

Pitching is typically a Rockies shortcoming, in part because of the challenges Coors Field presents. While Colorado starters had a 4.57 ERA, the third-lowest in franchise history, they still ranked last in the National League due to trouble at the back end of the rotation.

Righthander Tyler Chatwood, who began the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs, had a breakthrough season and along with righty Jhoulys Chacin and lefty Jorge de la Rosa gave the Rockies three reliable starters. Colorado went 49-32 when these three took the mound and 25-52 when anyone else started.

Top prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler, a pair of righthanders who throw in the upper 90s, project to be front-of-the-rotation starters and aren't far away, particularly Butler.

The Rockies have continued to develop solid role players around star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. In 2013, Nolan Arenado led the way as he became the first NL rookie third baseman to win a Gold Glove award, and he kept his head above water offensively.

Injuries in the final two months provided playing time for outfielders Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson, with Blackmon hitting .309/.336/.467 in his longest stint in the majors, while rookie Dickerson played with hustle and energy and thrived offensively at Coors Field, where he posted a 1.003 OPS. Rookie righthander Chad Bettis also showed a power arm over the final two months and likely will fill a late-inning role in the 2014 bullpen.

Blackmon is a product of the 2008 draft and rivals Jordan Pacheco as Colorado's best player from the 2006 through '08 draft classes, which have proved very unproductive. The Rockies have rebuilt their depth with more success in recent drafts, though highly regarded 2012 first-round outfielder David Dahl essentially had a lost year due to disciplinary issues and injuries.

The Rockies made some significant changes to their farm system to try to become more productive, and beginning in August 2012 general manager Dan O'Dowd and assistant GM Bill Geivett essentially switched positions, with Geivett becoming the director of major league operations. While retaining his GM title, O'Dowd began to focus on player development and scouting. The minor league field staff has been energized by O'Dowd's increased involvement.

The Rockies created the role of development supervisor to assist the minor league manager and coaching staff and work daily with them and the players. The position was never filled at Colorado Springs, and at high Class A Modesto, development supervisor Fred Nelson had to assume the managerial duties when Lenn Sakata, who was at odds with this change, was fired during the season. Nonetheless, the organization believes the development supervisors proved to be beneficial.