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Brad Hawpe will anchor RF again for the Colorado Rockies in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 28 February 2010 at 10:12 pm

30-year old righty swinging Brad Hawpe will be the starting RF once again in 2010 for the Rockies. Hawpe played in 145 games for the Rockies last season and he was 143 of 501 (.285 avg, .903 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 23 homers and 86 RBIs. Expect Hawpe to at least put up the same numbers as he did in 2009 for the Rockies in 2010. He made 5 errors in 141 games in RF for the Rockies last season while showing poor range. He only had 4 assists in RF which is not too many.

30-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs will likely be Hawpe’s replacement late in games for defensive purposes. He played in 37 games in RF for the Rockies last season and he only made 1 error while showing poor range. He only had 1 assist in RF last season so he doesn’t really have the arm for the position.

27-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith could get some time in RF this season even though he didn’t play there at all in 2009.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2010: C+

The Colorado Rockies have a lot of talent in CF for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 28 February 2010 at 10:02 pm

The Rockies hope that 23-year old switch hitting Dexter Fowler grabs the full time gig in CF for them in 2010. Fowler played in 135 games for the Rockies last season and he was 115 of 433 (.266 avg, .770 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Fowler definitely had the speed to steal 40+ bases in a season if he can hit enough. Fowler played in 127 games in CF for the Rockies last season and he made 4 errors while showing poor range. Fowler does have a good throwing arm as he had 5 assists in CF last year. With his speed, the Rockies expect Fowler to improve on defense in 2010.

30-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs played in 133 games for the Rockies last season and he was 85 of 352 (.241 avg, .705 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 8 homers, 48 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. The Rockies expect Spilborghs to rebound with the bat in 2010 as he has a career batting average of .281 with a .793 OPS in 387 games in the show. Spilborghs made 2 errors in 16 games in CF for the Rockies last season while showing slightly below average range. He did have 2 assists in CF so he has a strong arm.

24-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez will likely be the Rockies’ starting LF in 2010. He played in 43 games in CF for the Rockies last seaosn and he made 2 errors there while showing below average range. Gonzalez had 3 assists in CF for the Rockies last season showing a decent throwing arm.

24-year old switch hitting Eric Young could also get some P.T. in CF for the Rockies in 2010. He played in 5 games in CF last season for the Rockies and he didn’t make any errors while showing poor range. Look for Young to improve in CF defensively because of his speed.

PROJECTED GRADE IN CF FOR 2010: B-

The Colorado Rockies are set up well in LF for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 28 February 2010 at 9:49 pm

It appears as if 24-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez will be the starter in LF for the Rockies in 2010. Gonzalez played in 89 games for the Rockies last season and he was 79 of 278 (.284 avg, .878 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 13 homers, 29 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. The Rockies think that Gonzalez could develop into a 30/30 man as early as 2010 for them. Gonzalez didn’t make any errors in 47 games in LF last season while showing good range. He had 2 assists from LF last season as he has a decent throwing arm.

27-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith got a lot of action in LF last season for the Rockies. Smith played in 133 games for the Rockies last year and he was 98 of 335 (.293 avg, .889 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Smith only made 1 error in 86 games in LF last season while showing slightly above average range. He does have a good throwing arm as he had 4 assists in LF last season.

30-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs can also handle LF. He played in 65 games in LF for the Rockies last season and he only made 1 error while showing slightly above average range there. He also had 5 assists in LF last season for the Rockies so he has a good throwing arm. He can also play CF and RF which makes him very valuable to the Rockies.

38-year old righty swinging Melvin Mora could get some P.T. in LF for the Rockies in 2010. He hasn’t played in LF in a long time and he’s getting up there in age so it’s doubtful that he would even be a average defender in LF in 2010.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2010: B

Ian Stewart is getting his big chance with the Colorado Rockies in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 21 February 2010 at 4:15 pm

24-year old lefty swinging Ian Stewart enters spring training as the Rockies’ starting 3B. He played in 147 games for the Rockies last season and he was 97 for 425 (.228 avg, .786 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 25 homers, 70 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. But, for him to have the starting job all to himself he will have to cut down on his whiffs (138 last year) and he will have to improve against lefty pitching as he only hit .178 against them (.664 OPS) in 101 at bats against them. Stewart made 7 errors in 121 games at 3B last season while showing below average range.

The Rockies signed 38-year old righty swinging Melvin Mora over the winter to play all over the place but he is a natural 3B. If Stewart continues to have issues with lefty pitching I can see Mora working into a platoon with him. Mora played in 125 games for the Orioles last season and he was 117 for 450 (.260 avg, .679 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 8 homers, 48 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Mora is a better hitter than he showed last season as he has a career batting average of .278 with a .788 OPS. Mora made 11 errors in 124 games at 3B last season while showing outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: B-

The Colorado Rockies are in great shape at SS for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 21 February 2010 at 4:04 pm

25-year old righty swinging Troy Tulowitzki is coming off the best season of his career and the Rockies expect him to keep up the good work in 2010. Tulowitzki played in 151 games for the Rockies last season and he was 161 for 543 (.297 avg, .929 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 32 homers, 92 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. I look for Tulowitzki to make a run for the MVP Award in the N.L. this season if he can just remain healthy in 2010. Tulowitzki is also a very good defensive shortstop as he made only 9 errors in 151 games there while showing good range.

28-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla will likely backup Tulo at SS in 2010. He played in 13 games at SS for the Rockies last season and he only made 1 error while showing out of this world range.

30-year old righty swinging Clint Barmes would probably slide over to SS from 2B if Tulowitzki got injured. He played in 16 games at SS for the Rockies last season making only 1 error and showing outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2010: A

The Colorado Rockies will have the same look at 2B in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 8 February 2010 at 2:33 pm

The Rockies talked to some free agent 2B this winter before deciding to stay with 30-year old righty swinging Clint Barmes as the starter. He played in 154 games for the Rockies last season and he was 135 for 550 (.245 avg, .734 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 23 homers, 76 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Barmes has a lot of punch in his bat for a 2B and the Rockies love that. He is a converted shortstop so he has excellent range at 2B. He made 12 errors there in 139 games for the Rockies last season. Look for him to have a solid 2010 for the Rockies.

28-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla will have to battle Eric Young if he wants to backup Barmes this season. He played in 58 games for the Rockies last season and he was 10 for 58 (.172 avg, .480 OPS) with 7 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Quintanilla has never been much of a hitter as his career norms are a .220 batting average with a .567 OPS. Quintanilla only made 1 error in 25 games at 2B for the Rockies last season while showing out of this world range.

24-year old switch hitting Eric Young is a player on the rise in the Rockies’ minor league system. He played in 30 games for the Rockies last season and he was 14 for 57 (.246 avg, .611 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Young has amazing speed as he has stole 302 bases in his six years in the minors (50.3 avg. per year). Young also played in 119 games in AAA last season and he was 141 for 472 (.299 avg, .817 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 7 homers, 43 RBIs and 57 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: B

The Colorado Rockies sign Bronson Sardinha

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 6 February 2010 at 4:09 pm

The Rockies have signed 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Bronson Sardinha to a minor league deal. He played in 2007 for the Yankees appearing in 10 games in which he was 3 for 9 (.333 avg, .750 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Sardinha has also played in 953 games in his minor league career in which he is 941 for 3,517 (.268 avg, .757 OPS) with 521 runs scored, 88 homers, 472 RBIs and 87 stolen bases. This was a organizational depth signing for the Rockies and little more.

The Colorado Rockies sign Josh Phelps

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 6 February 2010 at 4:06 pm

The Rockies have signed 31-year old righty swinging Josh Phelps to a minor league deal. He played in 17 games in Rookie + A-ball last season and he was 13 for 53 (.245 avg, .748 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Phelps last played in the majors in 2008 with the Cardinals. He has now played in 465 games in his major league career and he is 380 for 1,394 (.273 avg, .815 OPS) with 198 runs scored, 64 homers and 244 RBIs. I like this signing for the Rockies as it gives them quality depth in AAA.

The Colorado Rockies sign Alex Escobar

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 6 February 2010 at 4:04 pm

The Rockies have signed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Alex Escobar to a minor league deal. He last played in the majors in 2006 with the Nationals. He played in 33 games that season for the Nationals and he was 31 for 87 (.356 avg, .959 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Escobar has now played in 125 games in his major league career and he is 100 for 388 (.258 avg, .743 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 13 homers, 52 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Escobar was once one of the brightest prospects in all of baseball but injuries really hurt his development. Maybe he can find himself with the Rockies as it never hurts to give a guy like him a chance on a minor league deal.

The Colorado Rockies bring back Damian Moss

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 1 February 2010 at 6:30 pm

The Rockies have signed 33-year old lefty starter/reliever Damian Moss to a minor league deal. Moss pitched in 59 games (4 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 8-3 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. Moss last pitched in the majors in 2004 with the Rays. He has pitched in 74 games (61 starts) in his major league career and he is 22-19 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Moss has good enough stuff to pitch in the majors as he has only given up 340 hits in 361 2/3 innings in the show but he has walked 195 batters which is the biggest reason he is back pitching in AAA.

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