Leadoff Links

With Opening Day just around the corner, here’s a quick look around the web at some recent Rockies related headlines:

Carlos Gonzalez Reaches Mountaintop | ESPN.com  A feature piece on the former Sky Sox meteoric rise to baseball stardom.

Jon Heyman’s Crystal Ball | SI.com  Heyman predicts the Rockies to make the playoffs as the National League Wild-Card team and Ubaldo Jimenez to win the 2011 Cy Young Award.   

Double-A Tulsa Brimming With Rockies Prospects | Inside The Rockies Blog  An inside look at the Drillers opening day roster. Many future Sky Sox will be making noise in Tulsa this season.

Good News, Bad News As Rockies Close Out Camp | Inside The Rockies  A recap of Rockies Spring Training 2011 with some quick hits on some 2011 Sky Sox:

“Prospects: Many of the Rockies’ best prospects are in the lower levels of the system, but Jordan Pacheco, Charlie Blackmon, Cole Garner and Rex Brothers showed the Rockies have some help close by if a need arises this season. The Rockies also got a great spring from Ben Paulsen, who significantly raised his profile, and promising showings from infielders Chris Nelson and Hector Gomez. All this comes without barely a glimpse of Wilin Rosario, the Rockies’ top position prospect who is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL.”

And a positive development in the fight against concussions in baseball: 

MLB Institutes 7-Day DL For Concussions | EPSN.com

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