Numbers Game: There's a Home-Grown Flair to Rockies Opening Day Roster

Rockies Scouting Director Bill Schmidt

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Coming off back-to-back post-season appearances for the first time in franchise history, the Rockies are looking to not only have a Three-Peat in 2018, but have visions to advancing past the Division Series, with hopes of a return to the World Series. They have been there once -- in 2007 -- but it was a short-lived adventure. The Red Sox swept the Rockies in four games that year.

What has underscored the Rockies recent success has been the youth of the roster, and the reliance on their player development and scouting departments to supply key players.

How stable? There will be only player on the 25-man Opening Day roster who is making his Rockies debut on Thursday night in Miami, and that's veteran first baseman Daniel Murphy, signed as a free agent in the off-season. He brings with him 9 years, 109 days of Major League service time, playing for the Mets, Nationals and down the stretch drive in 2018 with the Cubs.

Each of the 24 other players on the roster return from last year. Their service times ranges from the 28 days in September that right-handed reliever DJ Johnson put in during his big-league debut to Charlie Blackmon, who has six years and 102 days in a Rockies uniform.

There is Bill Schmidt aura to this team. Schmidt is the Rockies scouting director, who drafted and signed 12 of the players on the roster.

Overall, the Rockies have 14 players they originally signed as amateurs on the Opening Day roster, plus Senzatela. And while German Marquez originally signed with the Rays, he was acquired as a minor-league prospect and pitched in the Rockies system for a year before making his debut.

Catcher Tony Wolters came directly to the big leagues, but he does not factor into this headcount, having been a waiver claim in February of 2016. He made the team that spring after spending the two previous years with the Indians' Double-A Akron affiliate, where he was a second baseman who hit .249 in 2014 and .209 in 2015.

The list includes four first-round picks, a sandwhich selection between the first and second round, and four second-round selections. At the other extreme, right-handed pitcher Scott Oberg, a 15th-round draft choice in 2012. There are two players signed by the Rockies international department -- outfielder Ramiel Tapia (Dominican Republic) and right-hander Antonio Senzatela (Venezuela), who is opening the season on the disabled list.

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