The Rockies have added a couple of pitchers to the bullpen equation and they should pitch well as a unit in 2007. 31 year old lefty Brian Fuentes is one of the Rockies’ best kept secrets. He has been a good closer for the Rockies and he has really nasty stuff. He was 3-4 with 30 saves, a 3.44 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 66 games last season for the Rockies. Batters only hit .209 against him (lefties .186) and he whiffed 73 batters in 65.1 innings, but, he allowed 8 homers and walked 26 batters. If Fuentes gives up less homers and cuts down on his walks, he will be one of the best closers in the National League.
34 year old righty LaTroy Hawkins will likely be the Rockies top set up man in 2007. He was 3-2 with 16 holds, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 60 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season. Batters hit .300 against him (lefties .323) last season but he limited the damage by only walking 15 batters in 60.1 innings. Look for Hawkins to do a decent job for the Rockies this season.
25 year old righty Ramon Ramirez was stolen from the Yankees in July of 2005 as the Rockies got him for Shawn Chacon. He really pitched well last season for the Rockies and appears to have a bright future with the ballclub. He was 4-3 with 10 holds, a 3.46 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 61 games for the Rockies in 2006. Batters only hit .230 against him (righties .194) and he whiffed 61 batters in 67.2 innings which shows you what kind of arm he has. Look for Ramirez to pitch well again in 2007 for the Rockies.
27 year old lefty Jeremy Affeldt didn’t pitch too well for the Rockies last season but he does have really good stuff so maybe something will click for him in 2007. He was 8-8 with 5 holds, 1 save, a 6.20 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP in 54 games (9 starts) for the Kansas City Royals and Rockies in 2006. Affeldt held lefty batters to a .212 batting average last season so the Rockies should consider making him a specialist. He gave up 13 homers and walked 55 batters in 97.1 innings and that will need to improve if he’s going to continue pitching in the majors.
36 year old lefty Tom Martin is back for another season with the Rockies. He was 2-0 with 11 holds, a 5.07 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in 68 games last season. Batters hit .264 against Martin last season and he walked 25 batters in 60.1 innings and that’s just too many. Martin is lucky he’s lefthanded or his major league career would have ended a long time ago. Don’t expect much from him in 2007.
The Rockies also have brought back 36 year old righty Mike DeJean. He only pitched in 2 games last season due to injury and he won 1 of them and got a hold in the other game. DeJean has seemed to master Coors Field to some degree so if he’s healthy he will help the Rockies this season.
24 year old righty Manuel Corpas pitched o.k. for the Rockies last season. He was 1-2 with 7 holds, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 35 games for the Rockies last season. Batters hit .286 against him but he whiffed 27 batters and only walked 8 in 32.1 innings last season.