The Colorado Rockies hope that Troy Tulowitzki stays healthy in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 27 February 2011 at 10:41 pm

It’s too bad that 26-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki missed so many games to injury last season because he played the best ball of his career in 2010. Tulowitzki played in 122 games for the Rockies last season and he was 148 for 470 (.315 avg, .949 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 27 homers, 95 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He almost carried the Rockies to the playoffs due to a monster September. Tulowitzki is averaging 98.0 runs scored, 27.7 homers, 95.3 RBIs and 12.7 stolen bases per year when he plays in over 122 games in a year (he’s done it three times). This could be the year that Tulowitzki wins the MVP Award in the N.L. if he can just stay healthy. Tulowitzki made 10 errors in 122 games at SS last season while showing out of this world range. He is probably the best all around shortstop in all of baseball right now.

33-year old switch hitting Alfredo Amezaga will likely back up Tulo in 2011 as long as he proves he’s healthy this spring. Amezaga played in 1 game in AA-ball last season and he was 2 for 2 (1.000 avg, 2.000 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He was rehabbing from a knee surgery almost all of the 2010 season. He has played in 544 games in the majors over 8 years and he has a .251 batting average with a .652 OPS. Amezaga can play anywhere but 1B in the infield and anywhere in the outfield so he would bring nice versatility to the Rockies’ roster if the makes the team out of spring training.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES SHORTSTOPS IN 2011: A+++++++++++++

The Colorado Rockies will have a new look at 2B in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 18 February 2011 at 1:46 pm

The Colorado Rockies will have a fresh new look at 2B in 2011. They signed 27-year old righty swinging Jose Lopez over the winter to take over as the starting 2B in 2011. Lopez played in 150 games for the Mariners last season and he was 142 of 593 (.239 avg, .609 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 10 homers, 58 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He’s a better hitter than he showed last season as he is a .266 career hitter (.697 OPS) in his first 873 games of his major league career. Lopez has good power for a middle infielder as he has reached double figures in homers 5 years in a row. He will likely see a boost in production playing half of his games at Coors Field. Lopez is a natural 2B but the Mariners moved him to 3B in 2010. He had 18 errors in 142 games at 3B last season while showing outstanding range. The Rockies would likely be happy with Lopez if he played average defense at 2B in 2011.

33-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton can handle 2B whenever Lopez needs a day off. Wigginton played in 40 games at 2B for the Orioles last season in which he made 6 errors while showing good range. Like Lopez, Wigginton has a lot of power for a middle infielder.

26-year old switch hitting Jonathan Herrera is likely #3 in line for P.T. at 2B for the Rockies in 2011. Herrera played in 76 games for the Rockies last season and he was 63 of 222 (.284 avg, .694 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Herrera is a good contact hitter with very little power, so the Rockies probably wouldn’t feel too comfortable playing him for long stretches. Herrera made 4 errors in 57 games at 2B for the Rockies last season while showing excellent range. He’s a hard nosed kind of player that will help the Rockies off the bench if given the chance.

27-year old lefty swinging Tug Hulett had a pretty stinky year in AAA last season. He played in 105 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 78 for 350 (.223 avg, .710 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 7 homers, 41 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Hulett made only 3 errors in 53 games at 2B last season so he’s not too bad with a mitt on his hands. Hulett will have to hit in the minors at the start of 2011 for the Rockies to even consider giving him a chance in the majors.

28-year old righty swinging Matt Macri played in 98 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 85 of 338 (.251 avg, .727 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 9 homers, 36 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He made 4 errors in 34 games at 2B in the minors, so he’ll need to tighten up his defense if he wants to get back to the show.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES 2B IN 2011: C+

The Colorado Rockies sign John Maine

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 February 2011 at 9:10 pm

The Rockies have signed 29-year old righty starting pitcher John Maine to a minor league deal. Maine pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Mets last season and he was 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. He has now pitched in 108 games (105 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 41-36 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. This was a good low risk/high reward signing for the Rockies because if Maine is healthy, he will be an asset to the Rockies at the back end of the starting rotation.

The Colorado Rockies sign Jesus Colome

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 11:37 am

The Rockies have signed 33-year old righty reliever Jesus Colome to a minor league deal. Colome pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last season and he was 0-1 with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He has now pitched in 341 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 19-27 with 6 saves, a 4.69 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Colome has always had a great arm (and he still does) but he has never really learned how to pitch. If the Rockies can coach him up they might have something in him.

The Colorado Rockies sign Chris Sampson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 11 February 2011 at 12:43 pm

The Rockies have signed 32-year old righty reliever Chris Sampson to a minor league deal. Sampson pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Astros last season and he was 1-0 with a 5.93 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP. He has now pitched in 174 games (33 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 20-15 with 3 saves, a 4.42 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Before last season, Sampson wasn’t too bad of a middle reliever and the Rockies will give him a chance to earn a job in the pen this spring.

The Colorado Rockies might wind up platooning at 1B in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 8 February 2011 at 12:29 pm

37-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton is on the downside of his career. His back always seems to be barking as his power is gone. He played in 118 games for the Rockies last season and he was 102 of 398 (.256 avg, .728 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers and 37 RBIs. In Helton’s last three seasons, he has only averaged 55.3 runs scored, 10.0 homers and 50.7 RBIs per year and that’s just not going to get the job done. Helton had 8 errors in 118 games at 1B last season as he has started to hurt his team in the field too. I could see Helton platooning with righty swinging Ty Wigginton at 1B in 2011 or he could get beat out by him for the starting job outright.

33-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton played in 154 games for the Orioles last season and he was 144 of 581 (.248 avg, .727 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 22 homers and 76 RBIs. Wigginton still has a lot of juice in his bat so he could beat out Helton completely and take over as the Rockies’ starting 1B in 2011 with a big spring. Wigginton is not a natural 1B as he had 10 errors in 99 games at first base for the O’s last season. Wigginton does have a lot of versatility so he’s going to likely get 500 ABs in 2011 for the Rockies even if he’s platooning at 1B.

40-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi is back to provide some thump off the bench. Giambi played in 87 games for the Rockies last season in which he was 43 of 176 (.244 avg, .776 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers, 35 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He still has a good eye as he walked 35 times while whiffing 47 times last year. Giambi had 4 errors in 37 games at 1B for the Rockies last season and he looks like a statue over there. Giambi still has enough left to help the Rockies off the bench in 2011.

30-year old lefty swinging Mike Jacobs will also challenge for a job in 2011. He played in 120 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 128 of 469 (.273 avg, .817 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 21 homers, 91 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Jacobs also played in 7 games for the Mets last season and he was 5 of 24 (.208 avg, .671 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Jacobs whacked 32 homers and he knocked in 93 runs as recently as 2008 with the Marlins, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him play well for the Rockies in 2011. Jacobs had 1 error in 7 games for the Mets at 1B last season and like Giambi, he’s a statue.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES 1B IN 2011: C

Eliezer Alfonzo signs with the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 4 February 2011 at 9:15 am

31-year old righty swinging catcher Eliezer Alfonzo has signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. Alfonzo played in 13 games for the Mariners last season and he was 9 of 41 (.220 avg, .537 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. He has now played in 168 games in parts of five years in the majors and he is 122 of 516 (.236 avg, .652 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 16 homers, 58 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Alfonzo is a hacker as he has whiffed 145 times while only walking 14 times so far in this major league career. Give Alfonzo’s agent credit for finding a team that Alfonzo can compete for a job for this spring.

The Colorado Rockies are hoping for improvement behind the plate

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 4 February 2011 at 12:00 am

With Miguel Olivo off to the Mariners, 27-year old righty swinging Chris Iannetta goes into spring training as the Rockies’ #1 catcher. The Rockies are hoping that Iannetta finally steps up and embraces the role of being the main man behind the plate. Iannetta played in 61 games for the Rockies last season and he was 37 of 188 (.197 avg, .701 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 9 homers, 27 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has the potential to drill 20-25 homers if he keeps focused and motivated. He had 6 errors and 5 passed balls in only 52 games behind the plate for the Rockies last season and that’s pathetic. He only threw out 6 of 45 (13.3%) runners trying to steal against him last season and Rockies’ pitchers had a 4.63 ERA with him behind the plate. Iannetta will need to improve both offensively and defensively if he wants to keep the starting job for all of the 2011 season.

27-year old switch hitting Jose Morales will try to work his way into a timeshare with Iannetta in 2011. He played in 19 games for the Twins last season and he was 7 of 36 (.194 avg, .545 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 7 RBIs. But, he has played in 74 games in parts of three years in the show and he has a career average of .297 with a .725 OPS. I expect that he will hit for a high average in 2011. He didn’t have any passed balls or errors in 11 games behind the plate for the Twins last season. He threw out 1 of 6 (16.7%) runners trying to steal on him last season but Twins’ pitchers had a 6.44 ERA with him behind the plate.

34-year old righty swinging Chad Moeller will also be on hand to compete for a roster spot in spring training. Moeller played in 9 games for the Yankees last season and he was 3 of 14 (.214 avg, .695 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Moeller isn’t much of a hitter as he has a career average of .226 with a .640 OPS in 501 games in the show. Moeller had 2 passed balls and he was 0 of 6 throwing out runners for the Yankees in 9 games behind the plate. But, Yankees’ pitchers had a 3.38 ERA with Moeller behind the dish. Moeller will likely start the year in AAA but he will join the Rockies at some point in 2011.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES CATCHERS IN 2011: D+

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