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Jim Tracy is back to lead the way for the Colorado Rockies in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 29 March 2010 at 11:34 am

It will be interesting to see what manager Jim Tracy does for an encore in 2010. After all he won the N.L. Manager of the Year Award last season after leading the Rockies to a 74-42 (63.8%) record. Tracy has a career record of 636-614 (50.9%) in his 8 years as a major league manager. Tracy is going to have even more weapons to use with Jeff Francis and Taylor Buchholz back from injury.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE MANAGER IN 2010: A

The Colorado Rockies will have a impressive bullpen in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 29 March 2010 at 11:30 am

The Rockies have a talented bullpen that’s got good righty/lefty balance. 26-year old righty Huston Street came over a couple of winters ago in the Matt Holliday trade with the A’s and he was solid in his first year with the Rockies. Street pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season in which he was 4-1 with 35 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Street only gave up 43 hits in 61 2/3 innings last season while whiffing 70 batters showing how well he pitched. Street has now pitched in 311 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 25-13 with 129 saves, a 2.91 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Street will likely miss the first couple of weeks of the 2010 season due to injury but he will be effective when he gets healthy.

34-year old righty Rafael Betancourt really pitched well for the Rockies last season after coming over from the Tribe. He pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 3-1 with 1 save, a 1.78 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Overall with the Indians & Rockies last season Betancourt pitched in 61 games (0 starts) in which he was 4-3 with 2 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He only gave up 42 hits in 56 innings last season while whiffing 61 batters showing how nasty he can be. Even with Street out of action for a couple of weeks, Betancourt will serve as the Rockies’ top set-up man.

24-year old lefty Franklin Morales will be the closer until Huston Street is ready to return to action. Morales pitched in 40 games (2 starts) in which he was 3-2 with 7 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He whiffed 41 batters in only 40 innings so he has really good stuff but he walked 23 batters and he needs to cut down on that total in 2010.

28-year old righty Taylor Buchholz missed all of last season but he is back for 2010. Buchholz pitched in 63 games (0 starts) in 2008 for the Rockies and he was 6-6 with 1 save, a 2.17 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. Buchholz only gave up 45 hits in 66 1/3 innings in 2008 for the Rockies, so if he is healthy he will help them in 2010.

32-year old lefty Joe Beimel will be the #2 lefty for the Rockies in 2010. He pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Overall with the Nationals & Rockies, Beimel pitched in 71 games (0 starts) last season in which he was 1-6 with 1 save, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

27-year old righty Manny Corpas used to be the closer for the Rockies but he has fallen on hard times. He pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 1-3 with 1 save, a 5.88 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. In his four years for the Rockies, Corpas has pitched in 224 games (0 starts) in which he was 9-11 with 24 saves, a 3.74 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. If Corpas doesn’t rebound in 2010 he won’t likely be with them much longer.

36-year old righty Justin Speier was a decent pitcher not too long ago so the Rockies will give him a chance to revive his career. Speier pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the Angels last season in which he was 4-2 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He’s better than that.

34-year old lefty Randy Flores will be the Rockies’ #3 lefty if he makes the team. Flores pitched in 27 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Even if Flores does make the staff it would likely be as nothing more than a situational lefty.

31-year old righty Juan Rincon is back for 2010 despite looking awful for the Rockies last year. Rincon pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 3-2 with a 7.52 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He pitched in 33 games (0 starts) overall last season with the Rockies & Tigers in which he was 4-2 with a 6.87 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2010: B+

The Colorado Rockies sign Rick Bauer

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 29 March 2010 at 11:12 am

The Rockies have signed 33-year old righty reliever Rick Bauer to a minor league deal. Bauer pitched in 3 games (all starts) in independent ball last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors in 2008. Bauer has now pitched in 187 games (10 starts) in his major league career and he is 11-14 with 3 saves, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Bauer will start the year in the minors and get a chance with the Rockies later this season if they think it’s warranted.

The Colorado Rockies bring back Joe Beimel

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 23 March 2010 at 6:26 pm

The Rockies have re-signed 32-year old lefty reliever Joe Beimel to a minor league deal. Beimel pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season in which he was 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Overall with the Nationals & Rockies last season Beimel pitched in 71 games (0 starts) in which he was 1-6 with 1 save, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He has now pitched in 461 games (23 starts) in his major league career and he is 22-29 with 4 saves, a 4.23 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. This was a solid move for the Rockies and they hope Beimel will be ready to start the season in the pen despite getting a very late start to spring training.

The Colorado Rockies sport a pretty good starting rotation for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 16 March 2010 at 1:55 pm

The Rockies rotation looks pretty solid despite the fact that they only have 1 starter (Aaron Cook-31) in the projected rotation over 30 years old. 26-year old righty Ubaldo Jimenez has the stuff to be a ace for the Rockies if he just tightens up his control a little bit. Jimenez started 33 games for the Rockies last season and he was 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He only allowed 183 hits in 218 innings while whiffing 198 batters which shows how nasty his stuff is. But, he walked 85 batters also last season and that sometimes got him into some trouble. I look for Jimenez to be the ace of the Rockies winning at least 17 games with 200+ strikeouts in 2010 if he stays healthy all year long.

31-year old righty Aaron Cook is the cagey veteran of the staff. He started 27 games for the Rockies last season and he was 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Cook is the kind of pitcher who will likely win 13-15 games and give the Rockies a lot of innings if he can stay healthy. Stuff-wise, Cook would likely be the Rockies’ #5 starter but he definitely knows how to pitch which moves him up in the pecking order.

28-year old Jorge De La Rosa had a true breakout year in 2009. He pitched in 33 games (32 starts) for the Rockies last season in which he was 16-9 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. De La Rosa only gave up 172 hits in 185 innings for the Rockies last season and he whiffed 193 batters showing what kind of stuff he has. But, he walked 83 batters which usually got him into a lot of trouble. If he fixes his control problems the sky is the limit for the lefty with the electric stuff.

29-year old Jeff Francis missed all of last season due to injury. He has pitched in 130 games (all starts) in his five years with the Rockies and he is 51-44 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. If Francis can stay healthy the Rockies will be even better in 2010 as he was just coming into his own when he got injured. Having a healthy Jeff Francis will give the Rockies a nice lefty/righty balance in the starting rotation.

27-year old righty Jason Hammel was a solid starting pitcher for the Rockies last season. Hammel pitched in 34 games (30 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Hammel will be one of the best #5 starters in the National League in 2010 as the Rockies have great depth in the starting rotation.

22-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin is the Rockies’ #4 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He will likely be the first pitcher called up in the Rockies’ need a starting pitcher unless he makes the bullpen out of spring training. Chacin pitched in 9 games (1 start) for the Rockies last season and he was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Chacin pitched in 22 games (all starts) in AA+AAA ball last season in which he was 9-8 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. In his four years in the minors this season he has worked in 78 games (77 starts) in which he is 37-17 with a 2.47 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Chacin doesn’t have much left to show in the minors so he will be with the Rockies in some capacity at some point in 2010.

32-year old righty Tim Redding will likely be the long man in the bullpen but he could win a job in the starting rotation if needed. Redding pitched in 30 games (17 starts) for the Mets last season in which he was 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. The Rockies have a lot of depth for the starting rotation in 2010 with Redding in the fold.

26-year old lefty Greg Smith had a terrible first year with the Rockies but he still has potential. He pitched in 11 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA ball last season in which he was 2-3 with a 6.57 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Smith pitched with the A’s in 2008 as a rookie in which he worked in 32 games (all starts) in which he was 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP so there still is hope for him.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2010: B+

The Colorado Rockies sign a couple of infielders to minor league deals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 2 March 2010 at 1:48 pm

The Rockies have signed 29-year old righty swinging 1B Brad Eldred and 27-year old righty swinging 3B Travis Metcalf to minor league deals. Eldred played in 106 games last season in AAA-ball and he was 95 of 353 (.269 avg, .832 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 17 homers, 59 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He last played in the majors in 2007 with the Pirates. He has played in 74 games in his major league career and he is 47 of 236 (.199 avg, .670 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 14 homers and 30 RBIs. Eldred does appear to have a huge hole in his swing as he has whiffed 93 times in his major league career.

Travis Metcalf played in 125 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 95 of 440 (.216 avg, .625 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 11 homers, 54 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Metcalf last played in the majors in 2008 with the Rangers. He has played in 80 games in his major league career and he is 54 of 217 (.249 avg, .774 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 11 homers and 35 RBIs.

Eldred & Metcalf will provide depth in the minors in case the need arises in Denver. You can never have to many guys like these in your minor league system in case injuries hit.

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