Ranking the best rebuilding teams in Major League Baseball

Sep 5, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel (18) is greeted after hitting a grand slam home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel (18) is greeted after hitting a grand slam home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 21, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) makes a diving catch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) makes a diving catch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

#9: Colorado Rockies

Along with Arizona, this team is also in one of the weirder spots in the league. Brendan Rodgers is finally up but there are not many other young guys there with him or coming up soon. They finally have a solid first baseman in C.J Cron. Ryan McMahon is a solid defender at third, but has a below average bat. Former All-Star Charlie Blackmon has fallen off a cliff at the plate since 2019.

The position player prospects closest to the majors are Michael Toglia, Ryan Vilade, and Willie MacIver, who all struggled mightily in the minors last season. There are other guys like Zac Veen and Ezequiel Tovar, but they are a few years away at this point. So there’s not much hitting on the MLB squad and no prospects really coming to help out. Connor Joe could continue to hit well which might give the team maybe three guys who could hit at an average to above-average level.

Pitching-wise, this team does not look any better. German Marquez has been one of the best and most consistent pitchers in Rockies history, which is a positive note. Antonio Senzatela got an extension after a good season in 2021 looking at just base level stats. However, expected numbers show he should regress back moving forward. After that, there is Peter Lambert, Austin Gomber, and Kyle Freeland, who all do not seem like much in regard to being top end talent. Ryan Rolison is the closest top pitching prospect, but he struggled at times last season in the minors.

Thankfully the only bad deal on the books is Charlie Blackmon which will most likely finish after the 2023 season. All the other contracts are reasonable so they do have some money to spend and expressed interest in doing this offseason before the lockout started.

However, I am not really sure why they would be looking to do that given the team’s current state. There really isn’t much going in any area for them to expect some sort of playoff push. I think continuing to sell off pieces like Kyle Freeland or Raimel Tapia and getting off Charlie Blackmon’s money is the way this team should be heading so they can have some more young guys in the wake to lead this team in the future.