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The Colorado Rockies lose Joe Koshansky on waivers to the Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 29 March 2009 at 3:13 pm

The Rockies have lost 26-year old lefty swinging 1B Joe Koshansky on waivers to the Rangers. He was the #29 rated prospect in the Rockies’ minor league system heading into this season according to Baseball America. He played in 122 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 137 for 457 (.300 avg, .980 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 30 homers and 121 RBIs. Koshansky also played in 18 games for the Rockies last season in which he was 8 for 38 (.211 avg, .776 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. Koshansky finished his career with the Rockies playing in 35 games in which he was 9 for 50 (.180 avg, .676 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 10 RBIs. The Rockies might regret losing Koshansky down the road but he wasn’t one of their best 25 players heading into the 2009 season.

Tomas Perez signs with the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 19 March 2009 at 5:17 am

The Rockies have signed 35-year old switch hitting infielder Tomas Perez to a minor league deal. Perez played in 79 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 84 for 306 (.275 avg, .685 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 1 homer and 25 RBIs. He also played in 8 games for the Astros last season in which he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .400 OPS). Perez has now played in 789 games in his major league career in which he is 455 for 1,896 (.240 avg, .632 OPS) with 205 runs scored, 24 homers and 180 RBIs. This was a good depth signing for the Rockies who will likely stash Perez at AAA ball in 2009.

The Colorado Rockies sign Damian Moss

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 19 March 2009 at 5:14 am

The Rockies have signed 32-year old lefty starting pitcher Damian Moss. Moss pitched in 41 games (15 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 5-9 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. Moss had problems with his control last season as he walked 62 batters in only 96.1 innings in the minors last season. Moss has also pitched in 74 games (61 starts) in his major league career in which he was 22-19 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. This was a low risk signing that could help the Rockies at some point in 2009.

The Colorado Rockies are in great shape at 3B for 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 10:19 pm

29-year old righty swinging 3B Garrett Atkins will be the starting 3B for the Rockies again in 2009. He played in 155 games for the Rockies last season and he was 175 for 611 (.286 avg, .780 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 21 homers and 99 RBIs. Atkins made 9 errors in 94 games at 3B last season for the Rockies while showing good range. He could shift over to 1B if Todd Helton has more problems with his back in 2009.

Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes and Jeff Baker could get some P.T. at 3B in 2009. Stewart played in 65 games at 3B last season for the Rockies and he made 10 errors while showing good range. Barmes played in 13 games for the Rockies at 3B while making one error and showing poor range. He is a natural shortstop. Baker played 9 error-free games at 3B last season for the Rockies while showing outstanding range. All three of these guys are pretty good hitters leaving the Rockies in great shape at the hot corner for 2009.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B+

The Colorado Rockies need to get a full season out of Troy Tulowitzki in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 14 March 2009 at 4:54 pm

24-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a bad year in 2008 for the Rockies. He played in 101 games for the Rockies last season and he was 99 for 377 (.263 avg, .733 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers and 46 RBIs. He didn’t let his problems at the plate follow him into the field however as he only made 8 errors in 101 games at shortstop last season while showing out of this world range. The Rockies are hoping for another year like 2007 out of Tulowitzki in which he played in 155 games for the Rockies and he was 177 for 609 (.291 avg, .838 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 24 homers, 99 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.

Clint Barmes played in 36 games at shortstop last season for the Rockies and he made only 3 errors while showing outstanding range. He could easily fill in at shortstop for Tulowitzki and do a good job. But, he might also be the starting 2B for the Rockies in 2009. Omar Quintanilla could also fill in at shortstop if the need for the Rockies arised. He played in 39 games at shortstop for the Rockies last season and he made 3 errors while showing average range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A-

The Colorado Rockies sign outfielder Lew Ford

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 12 March 2009 at 6:04 am

The Rockies have signed 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Lew Ford to a minor league deal. Ford played in 47 games in Japan last season and he was 29 for 129 (.225 avg, .656 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBIs. Ford last played in the majors in 2007 with the Minnesota Twins. He has played in 494 games in the majors in his career and he is 412 for 1,514 (.272 avg, .751 OPS) with 228 runs scored, 32 homers, 172 RBIs and 47 stolen bases. This was a good signing for the Rockies as Ford could help them later in 2009.

It’s a battle royal for the starting 2B job on the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 7 March 2009 at 3:14 pm

The Rockies have five players battling for the 2B job this spring. Clint Barmes played the most games of this bunch at 2B last season for the Rockies. The 30-year old righty swinging Barmes played in 107 games overall for the Rockies last season and he was 114 for 393 (.290 avg, .790 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He is a natural shortstop both shows average range while making 6 errors in 61 games there.

27-year old righty swinging Jeff Baker also played quite a few games at 2B last season for the Rockies. He played in 104 games for the Rockies last season and he was 80 for 299 (.268 avg, .790 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers, 48 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Despite not being a natural 2B, Baker showed average range while only making 4 errors there. If the Rockies need power out of the 2B position then Baker will be the pick to start.

23-year old lefty swinging Ian Stewart is one of the better young players on the Rockies and he will also get a chance to start at 2B. He’s a natural 3B but with Garrett Atkins entrenched there the Rockies are looking for a way to get Stewart into the lineup. He played in 81 games for the Rockies last season and he was 69 for 266 (.259 avg, .804 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 10 homers and 41 RBIs. Stewart showed good range in 12 games at 2B for the Rockies last season while only making 1 error.

27-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla used to be a top prospect but he’s never turned that into success in the majors. He played in 81 games for the Rockies last season and he was 50 for 210 (.238 avg, .636 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 2 homers and 15 RBIs. Quintanilla only made 1 error last season in 40 games at 2B last season but he showed below average range. Look for him to be a utility man in 2009 if he makes the roster out of spring training.

24-year old switch hitting Jonathan Herrera will also compete in spring training at 2B. He played in 28 games for the Rockies last season and he was 14 for 61 (.230 avg, .556 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 3 RBIs. In 21 games at 2B for the Rockies last season he showed outstanding range but made 2 errors. Herrera also played in 66 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 70 for 226 (.310 avg, .748 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 3 homers, 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C

The Colorado Rockies will be without Taylor Buchholz for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 7 March 2009 at 2:00 pm

The Rockies will be without 27-year old righty reliever Taylor Buchholz for at least a month due to a tear in his right elbow. The Rockies are hoping that rest will heal him. He pitched in 63 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 6-6 with 1 save, 21 holds, a 2.17 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. He was the most dependable reliever on the Rockies’ pitching staff last season so he will be missed.

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