24-year old lefty reliever Jerry Vasto is looking sharp in the minors so far in 2016 for the Colorado Rockies. Vasto has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Rockies this year and he is 3-2 with 11 saves, a 1.74 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has given up 27 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 57 batters in his first 41 1/3 innings in the minors this year…..and those are eye popping numbers! Vasto has now pitched in 86 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors for the Rockies and he is 5-6 with 14 saves, a 2.41 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He could be a fast riser for the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies have called up 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder David Dahl. Dahl came into this season as the Rockies’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. Dahl played in 92 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 110 of 350 (.314 avg) with 70 runs scored, 18 homers, 61 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Dahl played in 367 games in his five years in the minors for the Rockies and he was 463 of 1,494 (.310 avg, .870 OPS) with 271 runs scored, 47 homers, 205 RBIs and 74 stolen bases. I think Dahl is here to stay, as I think the Rockies will deal one of their starting outfielders later this week.
The Colorado Rockies have designated 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Brandon Barnes for assignment. Barnes played in 48 games for the Rockies this year and he was 22 for 100 (.220 avg, .570 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Barnes played in 286 games in his three years with the Rockies and he was 161 of 647 (.249 avg, .671 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 10 homers, 52 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. This is not much of a loss moving forward for the Rockies, as Barnes had a hard time hitting with the Rockies, despite playing half of his games at Coors Field.
Lefty reliever Brian Fuentes was a pretty darn good pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. He pitched in 428 games (0 starts) in his seven years with the Rockies and he was 16-26 with 115 saves, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He gave up 337 hits and 171 walks while whiffing 470 batters in his 410 1/3 innings with the Rockies! He also pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in the post-season for the Rockies and he was 1-0 with a 6.52 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP. Fuentes was part of the Rockies’ team that lost the World Series to the Red Sox in 2007. He was a three-time All-Star in his time with the Rockies. His best season for the Rockies came back in 2008, when he worked in 67 games (0 starts) in which he was 1-5 with 30 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He gave up 47 hits and 22 walks while whiffing 82 batters in his 62 2/3 innings for the Rockies in 2008. Fuentes is still the Rockies’ all-time leader in saves with 115 of them! He is also tied for #29 in wins (16), #2 in games pitched (428), #19 in innings pitched (410 1/3) and #8 in strikeouts (470) in Rockies’ history!
26-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Anderson and 23-year old righty reliever Carlos Estevez have been revelations for the Colorado Rockies so far this year. Anderson was not considered one of the Rockies’ better prospects coming into this year. He has pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Anderson has given up 44 hits (4 homers) and 9 walks while whiffing 35 batters in his first 42 innings for the Rockies so far this year. Estevez came into this season as the Rockies’ #17 prospect coming into this year according to Baseball America. Estevez is currently working as the Rockies’ closer right now. Estevez has pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-5 with 6 saves, a 4.05 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has given up 24 hits (4 homers) and 15 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 33 1/3 innings so far this year for the Rockies. Estevez will keep the closer’s gig as long as he keeps pitching well. The Rockies hope that Anderson and Estevez can keep up the good work moving forward.
24-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Jordan Patterson came into this season as the Colorado Rockies‘ #20 prospect according to Baseball America. He has played in 70 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies so far this year and he is 75 of 237 (.316 avg, .888 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Patterson has now played in 380 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 406 of 1,384 (.293 avg, .863 OPS) with 242 runs scored, 45 homers, 212 RBIs and 60 stolen bases. Patterson could get his first shot with the show later this year for the Rockies.
30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies has been selected to the All Star team for the 3rd time in his career. Gonzalez has played in 85 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 107 of 336 (.318 avg, .924 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 19 homers, 54 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 999 games in his first 9 years in the show and he is 1,085 of 3,707 (.293 avg, .875 OPS) with 628 runs scored, 195 homers, 608 RBIs and 114 stolen bases. Gonzalez is going to appeal to a lot of buyers in the trade market later this month, so this might be his last All Star Game as a member of the Colorado Rockies.
25-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies has been selected to the All Star team for the second time in his career. Arenado has played in 87 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 98 of 342 (.287 avg, .930 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 23 homers, a N.L. leading 70 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Arenado has now played in 488 games in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 529 of 1,876 (.282 avg, .838 OPS) with 264 runs scored, 93 homers, 313 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Arenado is just getting started and I think he is going to be an All-Star many more times before his career is over!
The Colorado Rockies are 39-47 on the season, which has them 15 games behind the Giants in the N.L. West. They are also 8 games out of the second wild card spot right now. If I were running the Rockies, I would be busy this month in the trade market. I would try to move Carlos Gonzalez, some relievers and bench players. Gonzalez would be the biggest trade chip the Rockies have this month and the Indians, Royals, White Sox, Mets and Giants would all be very interested in him. The next best asset the Rockies have are lefty relievers Jake McGee and Boone Logan. The Blue Jays, Indians, Royals, Astros, Marlins, Cubs, Cardinals and Giants would likely be the most interested teams as far as trading for McGee or Logan go. The Tigers, Cardinals and Mariners would likely have interest in righty relievers Jason Motte or Chad Qualls. With the starting pitching market pretty shallow this month, the Rockies could get a decent offer for lefty starter Jorge De La Rosa, as the Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers, Royals, White Sox, Rangers, Mariners, Mets, Marlins, Pirates and Dodgers could be interested in him. The rest of the guys I would deal…….catcher Nick Hundley, 1B Mark Reynolds, infielder Daniel Descalso and outfielders Ryan Raburn and Brandon Barnes wouldn’t bring a lot back in trades. But the Rockies could package some of them together or use them as sweeteners for any player mentioned earlier in this post. The Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Astros and Nationals are looking for bench players, so they could be a match for the Rockies. The Rockies need to be aggressive without hurting the core of the team with the trade deadline coming up.
The Colorado Rockies have activated 26-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood off the D.L. Chatwood has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 8-4 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has given up 76 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 53 batters in his first 85 2/3 innings so far this year. To make room on the pitching staff for Chatwood, the Rockies have sent 25-year old righty starter/reliever Eddie Butler to AAA. Butler has pitched in 12 games (9 starts) so far this year for the Rockies and he is 2-5 with a 6.96 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He has given up 71 hits (12 homers) and 15 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 54 1/3 innings for the Rockies. Butler deserved his demotion as he has been getting hit really hard so far this year.