The Colorado Rockies acquire 2B Mark Ellis from the A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 30 June 2011 at 2:49 pm

The Rockies have acquired 34-year old righty swinging 2B Mark Ellis from the A’s along with cash considerations for 25-year old righty reliever/starter Bruce Billings and a player to be named later. Ellis has played in 62 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 47 for 217 (.217 avg, .544 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Ellis has now played in 1,056 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 1,015 for 3,828 (.265 avg, .729 OPS) with 533 runs scored, 86 homers, 434 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. Ellis will likely take over the starting job at 2B immediately and give the Rockies improvement both in the batting order and in the field defensively.

Bruce Billings wasn’t considered a top prospect for the Rockies. He did make his major league debut earlier this year when he worked in 2 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 run (it was earned). Billings was sent to the minors shortly after that game. Billings has pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he is 6-2 with 1 save, a 4.47 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. He has now pitched in 126 games (76 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 36-31 with 2 saves, a 3.80 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

This was a good deal for the Rockies as 2nd base has been a black hole for them so far this year.

The Colorado Rockies deal Josh Fields to the Nippon Ham Fighters

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 29 June 2011 at 5:06 pm

The Rockies have dealt 28-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Fields to the Nippon Ham Fighters. No idea who or what the Rockies will get for him. Fields played in 50 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he is 65 for 178 (.365 avg, 1.103 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 11 homers, 45 RBIs and 7 steals. Fields has played in 217 games in parts of five years in the majors and he is 167 for 713 (.234 avg, .724 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 34 homers, 107 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. With the emergence of Ty Wigginton at 3B, the Rockies decided that they had no need for Fields anymore so they essentially let him work out a deal with a team in Japan.

Brad Emaus could be nearing a shot with the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 27 June 2011 at 1:42 pm

25-year old righty swinging 2B Brad Emaus is really ripping the ball in AAA for the Rockies right now. He has played in 43 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he is 49 for 157 (.312 avg, .961 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 9 homers, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Emaus looked overmatched with the Mets earlier this year. He played in 14 games for the Mets this year and he was 6 for 37 (.162 avg, .424 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. With switch-hitting Jonathan Herrera and righty swinging Chris Nelson struggling at the plate right now, it might only be a matter of time before the Rockies give Brad Emaus a shot.

Ty Wigginton is on fire with the bat for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 27 June 2011 at 12:40 pm

33-year old righty swinging 3B Ty Wigginton is on fire with the bat right now. In his last four games, Wigginton is 7 for 16 (.438 avg) with 5 runs scored, 5 homers and 8 RBIs. Wigginton has now played in 59 games for the Rockies this year and he is 55 for 200 (.275 avg, .857 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 12 homers, 32 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has pretty much taken over at 3B and the Rockies couldn’t be happier. They hope he can keep up the good work.

Ellis Burks was a smooth operator for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 23 June 2011 at 6:57 am

Righty swinging LF Ellis Burks walked quietly with the Rockies but he carried a big stick. He played with the Rockies in the pre-humidor days and he racked up some big time numbers for them. His best year with the Rockies came back in 1996 when he finished 3rd in the MVP Voting in the N.L. while also making the All-Star teams and winning a Silver Slugger Award. Burks played in 156 games in 1996 for the Rockies and he was 211 of 613 (.344 avg, 1.047 OPS) with 142 runs scored (led the majors), 40 homers, 128 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. Burks played in 520 games in his five years with the Rockies and he was 558 of 1,821 (.306 avg, .957 OPS) with 361 runs scored, 115 homers, 337 RBIs and 52 stolen bases. Burks is #7 in Rockies’ history with a .306 batting average. He is also #3 in OPS (.957), #6 in triples (24), #8 in homers (115), #10 in RBIs (337) and #9 in stolen bases (52) in Rockies’ history. Burks was only with the Rockies for a short time but he made his mark in team history.

Jhoulys Chacin has been dominating in June for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 June 2011 at 8:02 am

23-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is turning into the ace of the Rockies’ pitching staff. In his four June starts, Chacin is 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He has only given 12 hits in 26 2/3 innings so far in June. Chacin has now started 15 games for the Rockies this year and he is 8-4 with a 2.71 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Chacin has 11 quality starts for the Rockies this year, so he has been consistently very good for them. He has only given up 68 hits in 99 2/3 innings while whiffing 88 batters so far this year, which shows just how nasty he has been. Chacin has walked 40 batters this year and that has gotten him into some trouble at times. If he tightens up his control a little bit, he might start winning some Cy Young Awards.

Charlie Blackmon is off to a good start for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 18 June 2011 at 6:09 pm

24-year old lefty swinging CF Charlie Blackmon is off to an outstanding start to his major league career. He has played in 10 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 16 for 39 (.410 avg, .846 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. If Blackmon keeps hitting like he is right now, the Rockies might decide to send Dexter Fowler to the minors when they activate him off the D.L. Fowler has played in 57 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 50 for 210 (.238 avg, .688 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 0 homers, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases (he has been caught stealing six times).

The Colorado Rockies place Jose Morales on the 60-day disabled list

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 17 June 2011 at 7:02 pm

The Rockies have placed 28-year old switch-hitting catcher Jose Morales on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to June 16th due to a fractured left thumb. Morales has played in 22 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 16 for 60 (.267 avg, .669 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs. The Rockies have called up 28-year old righty swinging catcher Matt Pagnozzi to backup Chris Iannetta. Pagnozzi has played in 30 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 25 for 91 (.275 avg, .758 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer and 16 RBIs. He has also played in 21 games in parts of two years in the majors and he is 14 for 42 (.333 avg, .844 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 10 RBIs.

The Colorado Rockies really could use some help at 2B

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by chinmusic on Tuesday 14 June 2011 at 3:15 pm

Jonathan Herrera just isn’t cutting it this year for the Rockies as 2B has been a black hole for them this year. The Rockies have some decent trade chips to make a deal to improve at 2B. I have a feeling that the Padres are going to be sellers soon and Orlando Hudson would be a perfect fit for the Rockies. He would help tighten up the defense while also adding a decent bat to the fray for the Rockies. I’m pretty sure that the Padres would jump at an offer of Ian Stewart straight up for Hudson. You might think that price is a little too high but I don’t. I think the Rockies should try to get something for Stewart before he loses all of his trade value.

Claudio Vargas of the Colorado Rockies retires from baseball

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 14 June 2011 at 3:06 pm

32-year righty starter/reliever Claudio Vargas has decided to retire. Vargas pitched in 8 games (4 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 2-2 with a 11.08 ERA and a 2.42 WHIP. He gave up 50 hits and 6 homers in only 26 innings pitched this year in AAA. Vargas pitched in 217 games (114 starts) in his 8 years in the majors and he was 48-40 with 1 save, a 4.83 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. The Rockies won’t miss Vargas at all going forward.

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