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It’s never too early to dissect the new crop of NBA rookies.

With the 2017 NBA Draft coming to a close, plenty Cheap Jerseys Custom of discussion topics emerged around the league.

Nolan Arenado hasn’t quite matched his production from the past few seasons, but even his “struggles” are better than most. Charlie Blackmon is once again putting together an impressive campaign. He’s on pace to set career highs in BA, HR, and RBI. Perhaps the biggest boost to Colorado’s lineup has been the bat of Mark Reynolds. He’s gone from an afterthought prior to the season to one of the team’s most productive hitters (.300/.382/561). Ian Desmond and Trevor Story haven’t lived up to expectations yet, but if they elevate their play in the coming months that would give Colorado a daunting lineup.

Solid offensive production is expected in Colorado, but little is ever expected of the team’s starting pitching. Jon Gray was likely to provide solid innings if he was healthy, but outside of his spot there were plenty of question marks. Three rookies (Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, and German Marquez) have more than answered those questions, and they’ve provided the Rockies with surprising performances up to this point. Freeland has been the most impressive member of that group. He’s gone 7-4 with a 3.57 ERA over 13 starts.

Not only has the rotation been productive, but the Rockies are benefiting from a much-improved bullpen. Colorado rolled the dice on Greg Holland prior to the season, and he’s responded by providing 23 saves with a 1.09 ERA. Jake McGee, Adam Ottavino, and Chris Rusin are also worthy of attention as dependable late-inning options for the Rockies.

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