The Colorado Rockies enter Spring Training 2012 with uncertainty in its rotation, so much so that general manager Dan O'Dowd has called it "a work in progress." But, as Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post continues in that article, the rotation is taking shape with Jeremy Guthrie and Jhoulys Chacin taking the top two spots. Drew Pomeranz, Juan Nicasio and Guillermo Moscoso take the final three spots. But the Rockies do have a staple of pitchers that provide depth should one of those last three pitchers not muster a convincing rotation case during spring training.
While Alex White and Esmil Rogers are holdovers from the 2011 season, Tyler Chatwood (acquired in the Chris Iannetta deal), Josh Outman (who came over with Moscoso in the Seth Smith deal) and Jamie Moyer (free agent) could all be the next man up in the rotation after they land in Colorado Springs. As Andrew Martin writes over at Purple Row:
This is one of the best parts of having Colorado Springs just 90 minutes South of Denver, being able to call up depth on a near-whim. Should the Rockies get home to Denver and Drew Pomeranz is slated to start after making 5 straight starts, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Rockies give Tyler Chatwood or Josh Outman a call and Pomeranz the evening off.
Outman is also a possibility of being the swingman on the pitching staff, but the depth the team will have however things shakes out is a strong positive entering the season.
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