28-year old righty swinging 2B D.J. LaMahieu of the Colorado Rockies finished #15 in the voting for the 2016 National League MVP Award. LaMahieu played in 146 games for the Rockies last year and he was 192 of 552 (.348 avg, .911 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 11 homers, 66 RBI and 11 stolen bases. LaMahieu won the batting title in 2016 with his .348 average! LaMahieu has now played in 635 games in his first five years with the Rockies and he is 675 of 2,243 (.301 avg, .756 OPS) with 313 runs scored, 26 homers, 219 RBI and 63 stolen bases. LaMahieu keeps getting better for the Rockies, so they have to be really excited about his future.
The Colorado Rockies have re-signed 24-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Rosell Herrera to a minor league deal. Herrera played in 126 games in AA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 124 of 425 (.292 avg, .753 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 5 homers, 66 RBI and 36 stolen bases. Herrera has now played in 687 games in his first seven years in the minors for the Rockies and he is 696 of 2,520 (.276 avg, .728 OPS) with 347 runs scored, 38 homers, 317 RBI and 110 stolen bases. This was a good move for the Rockies as they have invested a lot of time and money in Herrera so far in his career.
The Colorado Rockies have signed 27-year old righty swinging infielder Josh Rutledge to a minor league deal. He played in 28 games for the Red Sox last year and he was 13 of 49 (.265 avg, .733 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 333 games in his first five years in the show and he is 260 of 994 (.262 avg, .709 OPS) with 146 runs scored, 20 homers, 102 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Rutledge started his career with the Rockies. He has played in 266 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 226 of 871 (.259 avg, .711 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 19 homers, 89 RBI and 21 stolen bases. This was a good move for the Rockies, as Rutledge should be able to help them off the bench in 2017.
The Colorado Rockies have signed 24-year old lefty starter/reliever Evan Grills to a minor league deal. Grills pitched in 24 games (19 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Astros last year and he was 9-8 with 1 save, a 3.71 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Grills gave up 131 hits (20 homers) and 23 walks while whiffing 100 batters in 135 2/3 innings in the minors last year. Grills has now pitched in 135 games (58 starts) in his first 7 years in the minors and he is 31-24 with 4 saves, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. This is a young lefty worth taking a flier on for the Rockies.
Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies finishes tied for #6 in the voting for the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award
25-year old righty starting pitcher Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies finished tied for #6 (with Steven Matz of the Mets and Seung-hwan Oh of the Cardinals) for the 2016 N.L. Rookie of the Year Award. Gray pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He gave up 153 hits and 59 walks while whiffing 185 batters in his 168 innings with the Rockies last year. Gray has now pitched in 38 games (all starts) for the Rockies in his first two years with the team and he is 10-12 with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Gray has great stuff, but he must master pitching at Coors Field, a task that is far from easy to do!
Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies finishes #4 in the voting for the 2016 N.L. Rookie of the Year Award
23-year old righty swinging SS Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies finished #4 in the voting for the 2016 N.L. Rookie of the Year Award. Story played in 97 games in 2016 for the Rockies and he was 101 of 372 (.272 avg, .909 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 27 homers, 72 RBI and 8 stolen bases. Story also whiffed 130 times while only walking 35 times in his first taste of the show in 2016! If Story didn’t get hurt, he could have won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2016! He has huge power!
25-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award and his fourth consecutive Gold Glove Award in 2016! Arenado played in 160 games for the Rockies last year and he was 182 of 618 (.294 avg, .932 OPS) with 116 runs scored, a N.L. leading 41 homers, a Major League leading 133 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Arenado has now played in 561 games in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 613 of 2,152 (.285 avg, .851 OPS) with 320 runs scored, 111 homers, 376 RBI and 8 stolen bases. Arenado played in 160 games at 3B for the Rockies last year and he made 13 errors, was a part of 39 double plays and he had a .973 fielding percentage last year. Arenado has now played in 558 games at 3B in his first four years for the Rockies and he has 56 errors, 139 double plays and a .968 fielding percentage. Arenado has a great arm and outstanding range, as he gets to a lot of balls that would wind up in left field against most 3B in baseball! He is the true all-around player, as he is an asset with either a bat in his hands or a glove on his left one!
UPDATE: (11/25/2016) – Nolan Arenado finished #5 in the voting for the 2016 National League MVP Award.
30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has won his first Silver Slugger Award in 2016! He played in 143 games for the Rockies last year and he was 187 of 578 (.324 avg, .933 OPS) with 111 runs scored, 29 homers, 82 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Blackmon has now played in 605 games in his first six years in the show (all with the Rockies) and he is 667 of 2,242 (.298 avg, .814 OPS) with 345 runs scored, 74 homers, 251 RBI and 101 stolen bases. Blackmon just keeps getting better every year and that is a good thing for the Rockies!
UPDATE: (11/25/2016) - Charlie Blackmon tied for #26 in the voting for the 2016 National League MVP Award.
The Colorado Rockies have re-signed 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Noel Cuevas to a minor league deal. Cuevas played in 94 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 98 of 331 (.296 avg, .744 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 3 homers, 35 RBI and 8 stolen bases. Cuevas has now played in 622 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 607 of 2,269 (.268 avg, .714 OPS) with 318 runs scored, 36 homers, 277 RBI and 133 stolen bases. Cuevas will likely start the 2016 season in AAA-ball for the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies have hired 59-year old Bud Black to be their new manager. Black had a nine year run as the manager of the San Diego Padres and he compiled a 649-713 (47.7%) record. The Padres only finished over .500 in two of Black’s nine years in charge of the team and he never made the playoffs. His best year as a manager came in 2010, when he led the Padres to a 90-72 (55.6%) record. He was named the N.L. Manager of the Year in 2010! If the Rockies really wanted to get back to winning in the near future, they should have hired someone else to manage the team!