Candidates: RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Jamie Moyer, RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Alex White
The back end of the Colorado Rockies starting rotation is up for grabs!
Jhoulys Chacin and newly acquired Jeremy Guthrie are locks. The talented Drew Pomeranz is, too, so long as the inflammation in his right glute settles soon.
Jorge De La Rosa is still several months from returning as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Consequently, starting pitching candidates are vying for two openings.
Tyler Chatwood, 22, is looking more and more like a shoo-in.
He was stretched out to 142 innings by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011.
He came to camp this spring with a new slider. Thus far, manager Jim Tracy is impressed with it.
Speaking of sliders, Alex White says a middle finger injury prevented him from using his late in the year after being traded to the Rockies.
The 23-year-old right-hander relies on inducing weak contact to retire the opposition.
Guillermo Moscoso pitched to a 8-10 record and 3.38 ERA with the Oakland Athletics last summer, but he is mostly being seen as a bullpen arm.
Then the stories get interesting.
The ageless Jamie Moyer is working back into baseball shape after sitting out a season ago with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Colorado will be his eighth MLB franchise if he makes the roster.
The veteran lefty was previously a starter for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Juan Nicasio also has a feel-good tale.
A sharp line drive broke his neck last August 5. At the very least, it appeared his career was in jeopardy.
He overcame tremendous adversity to return to the mound for an exhibition matchup with the Oakland Athletics on March 9.
Nicasio's fastball sits in the mid-90s when he's at 100 percent. The talent is there.
His health will be the lone determinant as to whether or not he fills out the starting five.