Daniel Murphy was injured for about half of last season with Washington, and hit .300 when he returned. Colorado just got a very stable option at first base, which was been a struggling position for Colorado during the last decade. This will move Ian Desmond to outfield, but he can give Murphy some rest days at first base as well. Murphy isn’t going to just jump into the 30 HR department just because he is going to hit in Coors for half of his games, but a .300 average is doable again, and a good source of runs and RBI is as well. We shouldn’t expect Murphy to be a 500+ PA guy this season, but he is going to have his worth as a low strikeout bat, which is a nice change of pace for the free swinging Rockies. Murphy is a guy that brings a ton of value, and ending up in Colorado is going to help both sides.
German Marquez is in his early 20s, and really figured it out last season. He finished the season with a 28% strikeout rate, and had a 3.77 ERA. He is going to have some blow ups due to the nature of Coors at times, but Marquez has built a strong case to be the guy in Colorado. He adds into a very young core of pitching options who have to deal with pitching in high altitude, but have handled it well at times. He had a 2.61 ERA in the second half, and held hitters to a .262 wOBA. Holding these numbers over a full season will be tough, but putting him in between the first and second half numbers would be a huge upgrade for him. Marquez might be overhyped in fantasy with his ADP on the rise, but in terms what Colorado need in him, this rotation could be very solid one-through-three, especially when they head out on the road.
Jon Gray had a sub-four ERA in 2017, and the hype machine began. He followed up the 2017 season with a 5.12 ERA, and saw a major jump in home runs allowed as well as left-handed hitters having more success against him. Gray could not put together a string of good starts in 2018, which was a big problem. There is the part of being unlucky, with a 3.47 xFIP and the 18% HR/FB rate that was up 7% from 2017. Gray is projected to get things back under a four ERA and the strikeouts will be there as well. Limiting the big innings or one at-bat that does the damage will be key for him to keep his overall numbers intact. Gray is built to have success in Coors, but as with any pitcher, limiting the damage will be needed. With German Marquez and Kyle Freeland looking like strong options around him, Gray won’t have to do too much.