The Colorado Rockies send Dexter Fowler to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 31 May 2010 at 5:32 pm

The Rockies have sent 24-year old switch hitting outfielder Dexter Fowler to AAA. He has played in 47 games for the Rockies this year and he is 30 of 139 (.216 avg, .644 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Rockies have called up 25-year old switch hitting 2B/SS Jonathan Herrera to replace Fowler on the roster. Herrera has played in 45 games in AAA-ball this year and he is 48 of 168 (.286 avg, .699 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Herrera has played in 28 games with the Rockies (in 2008) when he was 14 of 61 (.230 avg, .556 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. I expect that Fowler will get back to Denver soon if he gets off to a good start in AAA.

The Colorado Rockies release Paul LoDuca

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 29 May 2010 at 2:59 pm

The Rockies have released 38-year old righty swinging catcher Paul LoDuca. LoDuca played in 14 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 10 of 43 (.233 avg, .594 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs. LoDuca got bumped after Paul Phillips accepted his minor league assignment as the Rockies like him more than LoDuca. This likely will end LoDuca’s hopes of making it back to the major leagues.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Paul Phillips

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 25 May 2010 at 5:53 pm

The Rockies have designated 33-year old righty swinging catcher Paul Phillips. Phillips has played in 6 games for the Rockies this season and he was 5 of 17 (.294 avg, .663 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 1 RBI. The Rockies have recalled 27-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta from the minors. Iannetta played in 8 games for the Rockies earlier this season in which he was 4 for 30 (.133 avg, .569 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBIs. He didn’t mope in AAA as he earned his way back to Denver. Iannetta played in 17 games in AAA-ball this year and he was 22 of 63 (.349 avg, 1.146 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 21 RBIs. Phillips will accept a minor league assignment if he clears waivers.

The Colorado Rockies will likely be shopping Chris Iannetta soon

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Tuesday 25 May 2010 at 9:28 am

Three teams will likely be after catcher Chris Iannetta if the Rockies put him on the block soon. The Red Sox, Rangers and Astros will all likely be interested in him. The Red Sox would probably offer prospects while the Rangers and Astros could give up players that could help the Rockies this year. With that in mind I think I would be looking at the Texas teams. I don’t think the Astros match up well with the Rockies right now but the Rangers would likely be willing to deal Joaquin Arias, Taylor Teagarden and Dustin Nippert for Iannetta and I think that is a deal I would make. Arias can play all over the infield and he is a .300+ hitter in the majors. Teagarden could be stashed in AAA to see if he can get his career back on track and Nippert could work in long relief immediately for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies sign Kazuo Matsui

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 24 May 2010 at 10:57 pm

The Rockies have signed 34-year old switch hitting 2B Kaz Matsui to a minor league deal. Matsui played in 27 games for the Astros before this release this year and he was 10 of 71 (.141 avg, .352 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 630 games in his 7 years in the majors and he is 615 of 2,302 (.267 avg, .701 OPS) with 330 runs scored, 32 homers, 211 RBIs and 102 stolen bases. This was a good gamble for the Rockies as Matsui might just earn a chance to compete with Clint Barmes at some point in 2010.

Miguel Olivo is playing well for the Colorado Rockies this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 20 May 2010 at 11:10 am

When the Rockies signed 31-year old righty swinging catcher Miguel Olivo was signed it was to light a fire under Chris Iannetta. But, Olivo played so well that the Rockies sent Iannetta to AAA and Olivo has been the everyday catcher since then. Olivo has played in 29 games for the Rockies this year and he is 29 of 102 (.284 avg, .897 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 8 homers and 20 RBIs. The Rockies have likely put Chris Iannetta on the trading block with the Texas Rangers definitely a interested party.

Ubaldo Jimenez continues to progress into a top pitcher for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by Andrew on Monday 17 May 2010 at 7:39 pm

So far this season there hasn’t been a better pitcher in baseball than Ubaldo Jiménez.  Jiménez, who is currently 7-1 with a 1.12 ERA, has steadily improved for the Colorado Rockies ever since he made his major league debut near the end of the 2006 season.  His first full season was in 2008, where he went 12-12 with a 3.99 ERA in 34 starts.  Those are pretty good numbers for a rookie, and the Rockies knew Jiménez could continue to develop into an ace.  Well they were right, because everything has come together for Jiménez so far this season, especially on April 17th when he threw the first no-hitter in Rockies’ history.  He has some of the best stuff in baseball, with superior velocity to go along with his full arsenal of pitches.  He can easily hit 100 mph on the radar gun with his four-seam fastball, his two-seamer tails and sinks like crazy, and his change-up looks like a sinker.  He also mixes in a hard slider as well as a 12-6 curveball at times.

With the full arsenal that Jiménez possesses, it’s easy to see why he is already one of the best pitchers (if not the best) of the 2010 season.  Another key to his success is that he keeps the ball on the ground.  Pitching in the homerun friendly Coors Field makes it important for pitchers to produce ground balls, which is what Jiménez has done.  He has given up only one homerun in eight starts so far.  The Rockies knew that Jiménez had this kind of potential, which is why they signed him to a four-year contract before the 2009 season.  The only knock on Jiménez is his control, since he walks too many batters.  In 56.1 innings pitched so far this season, he has 21 walks.  He had 6 walks in his no-hitter, but the good thing for he and the Rockies is those walks aren’t turning into runs.  Ubaldo Jiménez is the early favorite for the NL Cy Young this season and with his stuff, it looks like he will be a perennial threat to win it.

Jeff Francis is back for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 17 May 2010 at 11:12 am

28-year old lefty starting pitcher Jeff Francis made his season debut for the Rockies yesterday and he was razor sharp. He worked 7 innings against the Nationals allowing only 1 earned run on 7 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 6 batters. He didn’t get the decision but the Rockies have to be extremely excited with how he pitched. He was also sharp in two rehab starts in AA-ball in which he was 0-0 with a 1.54 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Francis’ return really will bolster the Rockies’ starting rotation as long as he stays healthy.

The Colorado Rockies place Eric Young on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 16 May 2010 at 8:05 am

The Rockies have placed IF/OF Eric Young on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right tibia. Young will miss at the very least one month of action for the Rockies. Young has played in 13 games for the Rockies this season and he is 8 of 32 (.250 avg, .695 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Rockies will miss Young’s speed and versatility while he is out of action.

The Colorado Rockies lose Shane Lindsay on waivers to the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 14 May 2010 at 4:55 pm

The Rockies have lost 25-year old righty reliever/starter Shane Lindsay on waivers to the Yankees. Lindsay came into this season as the Rockies’ #23 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 14 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this season and he was 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA and a 2.34 WHIP. He walked a stunning 17 batters in 13 2/3 innings but he did whiff 19 batters. Still the Rockies have decided that they have seen enough of Lindsay. Lindsay pitched in 100 games (41 starts) in his six years in the minors with the Rockies and he was 18-13 with 1 save, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

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