The Colorado Rockies are looking solid for the 2009 season at catcher. 25-year old righty swinging Chris Iannetta took over the starting job last season and he never looked back. He played in 104 games for the Rockies last season and he was 88 for 333 (.264 avg, .895 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 18 homers and 65 RBIs. Iannetta will need to improve on defense as he only threw out 8 of 49 (16%) basestealers last season and pitchers had a 4.61 ERA throwing to him. The job looks like it will belong to Iannetta for a while now.
30-year old righty swinging Yorvit Torrealba had a bum shoulder last season and it cost him his starting job with the Rockies. He played in 70 games for the Rockies last year and he was 58 for 236 (.246 avg, .687 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 6 homers and 31 RBIs. He threw out 12 of 57 (21%) basestealers last season but Rockies’ pitchers had a 5.13 ERA with him behind the dish. It will be very hard for him to get his starting job back in 2009.
27-year old righty swinging Edwin Bellorin is back on a minor league contract and he will likely be the starter at AAA. He played in 3 games for the Rockies last season and he was 1 for 3 (.333 avg). Bellorin also played in 87 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 98 for 335 (.293 avg, .764 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers and 65 RBIs.
31-year old righty swinging Paul Phillips was brought in as organizational depth. He played in 4 games for the White Sox last season and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg). Phillips also played in 73 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 68 for 253 (.269 avg, .669 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 2 homers and 17 RBIs.
37-year old righty swinging Sal Fasano was all brought on board to provide depth behind the plate. He played in 15 games for the Indians last season and he was 12 for 46 (.263 avg, .688 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 6 RBIs. Fasano also played in 26 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 16 for 83 (.193 avg, .597 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C+