SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The way Jim Tracy sees it, Rockies players have plenty of time to prove their worth at camp. It's not something he wants them to fret over in the first few days.
The Colorado skipper has stressed this week that he wants the players to concern themselves more with the process than the outcome, and not get caught up worrying about small things as they break camp at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale.
"I told these guys prior to Day 1," Tracy said, "[that] they're allowed to have the opportunity to be in an environment where they can work on some of the different things they want to work on and things we'd like to see them work on and realize they're not being overevaluated every time they try to do something that they're trying to get better at."
From the infield to the bullpen, the Rockies have plenty of spots to be seized. There are spots in the starting rotation up for grabs, and young elite prospects such as third baseman Nolan Arenado and catcher Wilin Rosario who are trying to prove they're capable of contributing at the big league level.
Tracy said he doesn't want the pressure of making the club to linger over their early workouts, as they get into a rhythm at camp.
"We'll start looking a little bit closer on March 3 [the Rockies' Spring Training opener]," Tracy said. "But in the meantime, give them an arena they can go out, and there will be things you want to see certain guys continue to do. They have the proper forum to be able to go out there and not worry about the outcome.
"I'm really trying to stress to these guys that the process is way more important than the outcome. The outcome is a byproduct of the process."
Rosario soaking in opportunity to learn
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's been a tedious road back for Wilin Rosario, but the Rockies prospect said he's almost there.
The 23-year-old catcher -- Colorado's No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com's 2012 Prospect Watch -- is considered to be the club's catcher of the future. He was signed out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old free agent and was on the rise before reconstructive right knee surgery ended his 2010 season after 73 games with Double-A Tulsa.
He spent 16 games with the Rockies in 2011, hitting just .204 with eight RBIs and three homers in 57 plate appearances. Now, he's back at Rockies camp, looking to grab the reins of the club's pitching staff and work his way toward an everyday role with the team.
"Right now, we're working on consistently finding the zone, because everyone here has a power arm with a tough fastball," Rosario said of working with the club's pitching staff, which remains very much up in the air. "It's all about the communication with these guys, trying to make them feel as comfortable as we can and let them know we can do everything behind the plate."
Rosario, who participated in the 2010 and '11 All-Star Futures Game, will certainly be a part of Colorado's future. But for the time being, he's working behind 13-year veteran Ramon Hernandez, who was signed to a two-year contract during the offseason to be the Rockies' primary backstop.
"It means everything," Rosario said of working under Hernandez's tutelage. "He has 13 years in the Majors, and every time we start workouts, he's a leader. That's what I want to learn from him -- how to be a leader and to learn everything I can about baseball. He has the right attitude -- that's how he's spent 13 years in the Majors -- and that's what I want."
The signing of Hernandez allows the Rockies to keep Rosario in the Minors for a while if they feel there are still aspects to his game that can be improved. But Rosario feels he's ready to contribute.
"I'm pretty close," Rosario said. "I have to show them I can be on the club. There's a decision to make, but I'm working as hard as I can to make the club."