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The over/under is 83.5 wins for the Colorado Rockies in 2008

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 31 March 2008 at 10:52 am

This number kind of shocks me based on the play of the Rockies last season. Las Vegas must think that the hot streak the Rockies had to end the season was a fluke. I am not along with that line of thinking. The Rockies have a super deep bullpen and they can hit the hell out of the baseball so I’m thinking the Rockies win way more than 83 games. In fact, I might be willing to bet the house on it.

Brad Hawpe has turned into the player everyone thought he would be for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 26 March 2008 at 2:07 pm

29-year old lefty swinging Brad Hawpe has turned into the player everyone always thought he could be. He played in 152 games for the Rockies last season and he was 150 for 516 (.291 avg, .926 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 29 homers and 116 RBIs. He didn’t play as well on defense as he made 6 errors in 142 games in RF while showing below average range. Look for another big year from Hawpe with the bat in his hands.

Ryan Spilboroghs will also likely get some playing time in RF as he played 20 games there without making an error but he showed poor range.

27-year old righty swinging Jeff Baker will also likely get some P.T. in RF this season. He played in 85 games for the Rockies last season and he was 32 for 144 (.222 avg, .643 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBIs. He also played in 13 games in RF without making an error while showing above average range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: B+

The Colorado Rockies are deep in CF for 2008

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 26 March 2008 at 2:02 pm

26-year old righty swinging Willy Taveras will get the bulk of the time in CF for the Rockies in 2008. He played in 97 games for the Rockies last season and he was 119 for 372 (.320 avg, .749 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 2 homers, 24 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. He’s also a solid defender as he made 4 errors in 86 games while showing above average range.

28-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilboroghs got to play a lot in CF last season when Taveras was injured. He played in 97 games for the Rockies last season and he was 79 for 264 (.299 avg, .848 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 11 homers and 51 RBIs. He played in 46 games in CF last season and he made 1 error while showing poor range.

28-year old lefty swinging Cory Sullivan is also a solid CF. He played in 72 games for the Rockies last season and he was 40 for 140 (.286 avg, .722 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. He played in 51 error-free games in CF for the Rockies last season while showing average range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: B-

Matt Holliday is the main man for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 26 March 2008 at 1:55 pm

28-year old righty swinging Matt Holliday is one of the best players in all of baseball, period. He played in 158 games for the Rockies this season and he is 216 for 636 (.340 avg, 1.012 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 36 homers, 137 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He only made 3 errors in 157 games while showing league average range. Look for Holliday to have another outstanding season in 2008 as he will be a candidate for the N.L. MVP job.

32-year old lefty swinging Scott Podsednik will battle for a reserve job on the Rockies this season. He played in 62 games for the White Sox this season and he is 52 for 214 (.243 avg, .668 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Before 2007, Podsednik averaged 53.0 steals per season the last 4 years. He made 4 errors in 54 games in LF while showing outstanding range.

Ryan Spilboroghs will also get some P.T. in left field this season. He played in 15 games there last season and he didn’t make an error while showing slightly above average range.

25-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith had some big hits in the post season for the Rockies on their run to the World Series last season. He played in 7 games for the Rockies last season and he was 5 for 8 (.625 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 4 runs scored. He played in 129 games in AAA ball last season and he was 143 for 451 (.317 avg, .909 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 17 homers and 82 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: A+

3B is a deep position for the Colorado Rockies in 2008

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 17 March 2008 at 12:33 pm

28-year old Garrett Atkins has made the hot corner his own in Colorado. He played in 157 games for the Rockies last season and he was 182 for 605 (.301 avg, .853 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 25 homers and 111 RBIs. Atkins played in 154 games at 3B last season for the Rockies and he made only 13 errors but showed poor range. Look for Atkins to put up All-Star numbers with the bat again in 2008 for the Colorado Rockies.

27-year old righty swinging Jeff Baker will back up at both outfield and infield corner positions for the Rockies in 2008. Baker played in 85 games for the Rockies last season and he was 32 for 144 (.222 avg, .643 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBIs. He only played in 2 games at 3B for the Rockies last season and he didn’t make an error but showed poor range.

If anything happened to Garrett Atkins the Rockies would probably hand 3B over to top prospect Ian Stewart. Stewart played 11 games at 3B for the Rockies last season and he didn’t make an error while showing outstanding range. It is possible that Stewart could win the starting job at 2B this season for the Rockies.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: A

What will Troy Tulowitzki do for an encore in 2008 for the Colorado Rockies?

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 17 March 2008 at 12:27 pm

23-year old righty swinging SS Troy Tulowitzki just scratched the surface of how good he could be last season. He played in 155 games for the Rockies last season and he was 177 for 609 (.291 avg, .838 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 24 homers, 99 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Tulowitzki made 11 errors in 155 games at SS for the Rockies last season while showing range which was out of this world. Look for Tulowitzki to compete for both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards in 2008 because he is that good!

29 year old righty swinging Clint Barmes has went downhill the last couple of seasons and he might need a new start in another city. He played in 27 games for the Rockies last season and he was 8 for 37 (.216 avg, .534 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 1 RBI. He played 8 games at SS for the Rockies and he made 1 error while showing outstanding range. Barmes also played in 108 games in AAA ball last season and he was 128 for 428 (.299 avg, .815 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.

26-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla will also be around this season for the Rockies. He played in 27 games for the Rockies last season and he was 16 for 70 (.229 avg, .566 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 5 RBIs. Quintanilla played in 2 error-less games at SS last season for the Rockies while showing off impressive range. He played in 98 games in AAA last season and he was 111 for 348 (.319 avg, .834 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 3 homers and 43 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: A+

The Colorado Rockies will have a 3-man Battle Royal this spring for the 2B job

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 14 March 2008 at 7:15 pm

Jayson Nix, Marcus Giles and Ian Stewart will battle this spring for the starting 2B job. 25-year old righty swinging Jayson Nix appeared to be the favorite heading into spring training. He played in 124 games in AAA last season and he was 128 for 439 (.292 avg, .793 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 11 homers, 58 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Nix was one of the better defensive 2B in the minors so he will have an edge over the other two guys there. The big question with Nix is if he will hit well enough to keep the job.

30-year old righty swinging Marcus Giles was brought in as a free agent to battle for the starting job. Giles played in 116 games last season for the Padres and he was 96 for 420 (.229 avg, .621 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Giles will need to get back to his career norms (.277 avg, .782 OPS) if he is going to win and keep the 2B job all season. He is still a good defensive 2B as he only made 7 errors in 112 games while showing good range.

The wildcard for the 2B job is top prospect Ian Stewart who is blocked at 3B by Garrett Atkins. The 23-year old lefty swinging Stewart played in 35 games for the Rockies last season and he was 9 for 43 (.209 avg, .633 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. He also whiffed 17 times and looked a tad overmatched by big league pitching at times. Stewart played in 112 games in AAA ball last season and he was 126 for 414 (.304 avg, .857 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 15 homers, 65 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: C

Todd Helton is no longer the focal point of the Colorado Rockies’ offense

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 4 March 2008 at 9:34 pm

34-year old lefty swinging Todd Helton is still a good baseball player but the Rockies lineup has a lot of hitters in it that are producing better power numbers than he is lately. He played in 154 games last season for the Rockies and he is 178 for 557 (.320 avg, .928 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 17 homers and 91 RBIs. Those are pretty good numbers but over the last 10 seasons, Helton has averaged 109.1 runs scored, 29.8 homers and 107.6 RBIs per year. Helton also has a .332 career batting average with a 1.013 OPS attached to it. Helton’s power is diminishing but he’s still a very good baseball player.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: A-

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