29-year old Yorvit Torrealba returns as the starting catcher for the Rockies after parlaying his great post season into a nice contract. He played in 113 games for the Rockies last season and he was 101 for 396 (.255 avg, .699 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 8 homers and 47 RBIs. He had issues throwing the ball as he only nailed 18% of the runners that attempted to steal on him last season but Rockies pitchers liked to throw to him as they had a 4.12 ERA with him behind the plate.
25-year old righty swinging Chris Iannetta will likely be the backup for the Rockies this season. He did not live up to all of the hype surrounding his rookie season in 2007. He played in 67 games last season for the Rockies and he was 43 for 197 (.218 avg, .680 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 4 homers and 27 RBIs. Iannetta threw out 20% of the runners that attempted to steal on him last season and Rockies pitchers had a 4.71 ERA with him behind the plate. The Rockies hope he lives up to his vast potential in 2008.
26-year old righty swinging Edwin Bellorin will battle Iannetta in spring trainging for the right to back up Torrealba. He only played in 3 games for the Rockies last season and he was 0 for 2. Bellorin played in 59 games in AAA last season and he was 72 for 221 (.326 avg, .898 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 9 homers and 45 RBIs. He will likely start the season in AAA unless one of the catchers ahead of him get injured.
31-year old switch hitting Mike Rose last played in the majors in 2006 with the Cardinals but he’s in camp to try to win a job. He has played in 27 games in his major league career and he is 11 for 54 (.204 avg, .542 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: C