The Colorado Rockies deal Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 30 July 2011 at 11:03 pm

The Colorado Rockies have dealt 27-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for 22-year old righty starting pitcher Alex White, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Gardner, 26-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Matt McBride and a player to be named later (22-year old lefty starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz). Because the Indians drafted Pomeranz in 2010, he isn’t elgible to be traded until August 15th. He is the key to the deal for the Rockies. Pomeranz was the Indians’ #4 prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America (before he even threw a pitch). Pomeranz has pitched in 18 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball this year and he is 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has only given up 66 hits while whiffing 112 batters in his first 91 minor league innings. He’s going to be on the fast trade to Denver (likely arriving sometime in 2012). Alex White was the Indians’ #2 prospect before the season started according to Baseball America. White pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Indians this year and he is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He is currently on a rehab assignment due to a finger injury. White has also pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.90 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He, like Pomeranz, has big time potential. Joe Gardner came into this season as the Indians’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America. Gardner has pitched in 19 games (all starts) in AA-ball so far this year and he is 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He has now pitched in 47 games (all starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 20-14 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Matt McBride isn’t a marquee prospect. He has played in 96 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 99 for 355 (.279 avg, .841 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 15 homers, 56 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 556 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 589 for 2,090 (.282 avg, .811 OPS) with 315 runs scored, 69 homers, 349 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 6-9 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He pitched in 138 games (137 starts) in his six years with the Rockies and he is 56-45 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Jimenez is the all-time Rockies leader in strikeouts with 773 of them. He is also #1 in ERA (3.66) and #1 in WHIP (1.28) for any Rockies’ pitcher with at least 50 decisions for 500 innings pitched. Jimenez is also tied with Jason Jennings for the Rockies all-time lead in shutouts with 3 of them (one was a no-hitter last year). He is also #3 in wins (56), #4 in innings pitched (851), #4 in games started (137) and he’s #3 in complete games (8) in Rockies’ history.

While is hurts to see Ubaldo Jimenez leaving town, the Rockies got too good of a deal to pass up. Pomeranz and White might make everyone forget about Jimenez down the road.

The Colorado Rockies sign Jorge Cantu to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 30 July 2011 at 5:27 pm

The Rockies have signed 29-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Jorge Cantu to a minor league deal. Cantu played in 57 games earlier this year with the Padres and he was 28 for 144 (.194 avg, .517 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs. He has now played in 847 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 847 for 3,128 (.271 avg, .755 OPS) with 367 runs scored, 104 homers, 476 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. I wonder if this is foreshadowing for a trade involving Ty Wigginton.

The light still hasn’t went on for catcher Chris Iannetta of the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 29 July 2011 at 9:39 am

28-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta is not taking advantage of the Rockies giving him the starting catcher job this year. He has played in 79 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 53 for 241 (.220 avg, .777 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 10 homers, 36 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 425 games in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 307 for 1,325 (.232 avg, .786 OPS) with 182 runs scored, 59 homers, 217 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. If Iannetta doesn’t show improvement the rest of this season, I think his days as the starting catcher for the Rockies could be coming to an end.

The Colorado Rockies place Jason Giambi on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 26 July 2011 at 9:33 pm

The Rockies have placed 40-year old lefty swinging 1B Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list due to a left quad strain. Giambi has played in 48 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 25 for 96 (.260 avg, .982 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 10 homers and 24 RBIs. The Rockies were looking to deal Giambi to a contender this week but they will have to try to slip him through waivers to make a trade now. The Rockies will try to deal him in August to a contender.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Eric Stults

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 26 July 2011 at 9:43 am

The Rockies have designated 31-year old lefty reliever/starter Eric Stults for assignment. Stults pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has now pitched in 41 games (24 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 8-10 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. I think Stults will clear waivers and accept a minor league assignment from the Rockies.

UPDATE: (7/29/2011) – Stults has accepted an outright assignment to AAA.

The Colorado Rockies are going to be minor sellers this week

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Tuesday 26 July 2011 at 8:17 am

I know about the Ubaldo Jimenez rumors going around but I don’t see the Rockies pulling the trigger and moving him, as I don’t think any team is going to give them what they want for him. There is no need for the Rockies to blow up the roster but they could make some deals to bring in some prospects. Ty Wigginton is the best hitting 3B likely on the trade block, so he could fetch the Rockies a nice prospect or two. The Rockies could also get something nice for outfielder Ryan Spilborghs if they decided to move him. Jason Giambi, Mark Ellis and Jonathan Herrera are also likely on the trade block. Righty relievers Rafael Betancourt, Matt Belisle and Matt Lindstrom are all likely to be offered up in trades and a lot of teams are going to want those guys. The Rockies would love to move righty starting pitcher Aaron Cook but I just don’t see that happening. I look at the Rockies to take advantage of a couple teams for their relievers and Ty Wigginton this week.

The Colorado Rockies place Carlos Gonzalez on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 23 July 2011 at 9:18 am

The Rockies have placed 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right wrist. Gonzalez has played in 92 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 99 for 342 (.289 avg, .849 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 15 homers, 56 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. This is a big blow to the Rockies with the trade deadline coming up next weekend.

Juan Nicasio has burst onto the scene for the Colorado Rockies this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 22 July 2011 at 8:16 am

24-year old rookie righty starting pitcher Juan Nicasio has been really solid in his first taste of the majors this year for the Rockies. He came into this season as the Rockies’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America. Nicasio has started 10 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He looks like he’s going to be a big part of the Rockies’ future.

The Colorado Rockies had a rough first half of the 2011 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Wednesday 13 July 2011 at 2:38 pm

The Rockies are sitting at 43-48 on the season right now which has them in 3rd place in the N.L. West, 8.5 games behind the Giants. The Rockies are also 10.5 games behind the Braves in the Wild Card race. The Rockies could be either buyers or sellers based on the next three weeks. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impact for the Rockies in the first half of the 2011 season:

Team MVP: 26-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still the best player on the Rockies (Carlos Gonzalez is closing in on him). Tulowitzki has played in 86 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 89 for 332 (.268 avg, .825 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 17 homers, 57 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Tulowitzki is the player the Rockies could least afford to lose.

Biggest Surprise: 37-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton has looked like he was toast the last couple of years. But, he has come back with a vengeance this year. Helton has played in 80 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 87 for 271 (.321 avg, .894 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 10 homers and 41 RBIs. The Rockies hope that Helton can stay healthy and finish strongly this year.

Biggest Disappointment: 26-year old lefty swinging 3B Ian Stewart had a solid year in 2010 and the Rockies were expecting even more out of him this year. But, that hasn’t happened! Stewart has played in 27 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 7 for 66 (.106 avg, .339 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. He has whiffed 22 times already this year and he has spent more time in AAA than with the Rockies so far this year.

The Colorado Rockies sign Blake Johnson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 9 July 2011 at 2:11 pm

The Rockies have signed 25-year old righty reliever Blake Johnson to a minor league deal. Johnson pitched in 23 games (1 start) in AA+AAA-ball for the Royals this year and he is 4-1 with 4 saves, a 4.56 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. He has now pitched in 188 games (132 starts) in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 53-41 with 6 saves, a 4.43 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Johnson was likely signed just to provide organization depth for the Rockies.

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