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The Colorado Rockies are going with the old timers at 1B in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 28 February 2012 at 6:22 pm

38-year old lefty swinging Todd Helton will be the starter at 1B for as long as his bad back allows him to. Helton played in 124 games for the Rockies last year and he was 127 of 421 (.302 avg, .850 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 14 homers and 69 RBIs. He has now played in 2,054 games in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 2,363 of 7,325 (.323 avg, .971 OPS) with 1,329 runs scored, 347 homers, 1,308 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. Helton only made 3 errors in 119 games at 1B for the Rockies last year, so he’s still a solid defender.

41-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi will back up Todd Helton at 1B once again in 2012. Giambi played in 64 games for the Rockies last year and he was 34 for 131 (.260 avg, .958 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 13 homers and 32 RBIs. He has now played in 170 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 84 for 331 (.254 avg, .868 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 21 homers, 78 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Giambi has now played in 2,103 games in his first 17 years in the majors and he is 1,948 for 6,932 (.281 avg, .929 OPS) with 1,196 runs scored, 428 homers, 1,397 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Giambi can still rake. He only made 1 error in 23 games at 1B for the Rockies last year, but he has the range of a statue.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2012: B-

The Colorado Rockies will have a new look behind the plate in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 26 February 2012 at 11:13 am

35-year old righty swinging Ramon Hernandez is going to take over behind the plate in 2012 for the Rockies. Hernandez played in 91 games for the Reds last year and he was 84 for 298 (.282 avg, .788 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 12 homers and 36 RBIs. He has now played in 1,457 games in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 1,295 of 4,873 (.266 avg, .749 OPS) with 560 runs scored, 161 homers, 723 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Hernandez only had 1 error and 3 passed balls in 82 games behind the plate for the Reds last year. He also threw out 18 of 62 (29%) base stealers and Reds’ pitchers had a 4.24 ERA with him behind the dish. Hernandez is a solid all-around catcher and he should help the Rockies in 2012.

23-year old righty swinging Wilin Rosario comes into this season as the Rockies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. Rosario played in 16 games for the Rockies in his first taste of the majors and he was 11 for 54 (.204 avg, .691 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. Rosario didn’t show much patience at the plate as he whiffed 20 times and walked only twice for the Rockies last year. Rosario also played in 102 games in AA-ball last year and he was 101 of 405 (.249 avg, .741 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 21 homers, 48 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Rosario had 1 error and 3 passed balls in 14 games behind the plate for the Rockies last year. He also threw out a stunning 5 of 8 (62.5%) base stealers and Rockies’ pitchers had a 4.83 ERA with him behind the plate. If Rosario is deemed ready this spring, he will back up Hernandez in 2012. If he’s not ready, he will start the season in AAA-ball.

34-year old righty swinging Wil Nieves will battle Rosario for the backup job this spring. Nieves played in 20 games for the Brewers last year and he was 7 for 50 (.140 avg, .369 OPS) with 2 runs scored. He has now played in 282 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 166 of 751 (.221 avg, .557 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 5 homers, 73 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Nieves played in 17 games behind the plate for the Brewers last year and he had 1 error and 1 passed ball. He threw out 2 of 10 (20%) base stealers and Brewers’ pitchers had a 3.84 ERA with him behind the dish.

32-year old righty swinging Steve Holm played in 6 games for the Twins last year and he was 2 for 17 (.118 avg, .343 OPS) with 1 run scored. He has now played in 59 games in his first 3 years in the majors and he is 26 for 108 (.241 avg, .697 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. Holm didn’t have any errors or passed balls in 6 games with the Twins last year. He didn’t throw out any of the 5 base stealers that took him on last year. Twins’ pitchers had a 5.44 ERA with him behind the plate last year. Holm is likely to start the 2012 season in AAA-ball.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2012: B

Joe Torres of the Colorado Rockies gets suspended for 50 games

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 21 February 2012 at 6:55 pm

29-year old lefty reliever Joe Torres will miss the first 50 games of the 2012 season as he has failed a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. Torres pitched in 52 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 3-1 with 2 saves, a 2.24 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Torres has now pitched in 315 games (72 starts) in his first 11 years in the minors and he is 36-35 with 5 saves, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. This suspension might prevent Torres from ever getting to the majors despite pitching so well last year in the minors for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies’ bullpen looks a tad shaky for 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 20 February 2012 at 1:39 pm

The Rockies are going to have a lot of new faces in the bullpen in 2012 and they need some of them to step up. The Rockies better hope that Rafael Betancourt can handle closing because the alternatives are not too pretty. Here is a look at the Rockies’ bullpen as of right now as it pertains to 2012:

Closer: Rafael Betancourt: 36-year old righty Rafael Betancourt will be replacing Huston Street (traded to the Padres) as the Rockies’ closer in 2012. He pitched in 68 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-0 with 8 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. He has now pitched in 172 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Rockies and he was 10-2 with 10 saves, a 3.00 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Betancourt has now pitched in 543 games (0 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 33-24 with 27 saves, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Betancourt has been an outstanding set-up man, but he didn’t last long as the Indians’ closer when given the chance. Hopefully he can handle closing this time around.

Set-Up Man: Matt Belisle: 31-year old righty Matt Belisle is going to graduate to be the Rockies’ set-up man in 2012. Belisle pitched in 74 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 10-4 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He has now pitched in 174 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 20-10 with 1 save, a 3.46 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He has now pitched in 306 games (43 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 36-32 with 2 saves, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. The Rockies hope that Belisle can handle the role as the set-up man in 2012.

Righties: Edgmer Escalona: 25-year old Edgmer Escalona pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-0 with a 1.75 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He also pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 3-1 with 1 save, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Escalona has now pitched in 17 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 0-0 with a 1.71 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. The Rockies hope that Escalona can handle a full workload while pitching well for them in 2012.

Zach Putnam: 24-year old Zach Putnam came to the Rockies in a deal with the Indians over the winter. He pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in his first taste of the majors. Putnam also pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians last year and he was 6-3 with 9 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. The Rockies expect Putnam to make the bullpen this spring.

Josh Roenicke: 29-year old Josh Roenicke pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He has now pitched in 64 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 1-0 with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. The Rockies hope that Roenicke can pitched like he did last year for them in 2012.

Mike Ekstrom: 28-year old Mike Ekstrom pitched in 1 game (0 starts) for the Rays last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 46 games (1 start) inn AAA-ball last year and he was 6-4 with 5 saves, a 4.35 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Ekstrom has now pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 0-3 with a 5.36 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Ekstrom will have a decent shot of opening the 2012 season in the Rockies’ bullpen if he has a good spring.

Esmil Rogers: 26-year old Esmil Rogers will try to make it in the bullpen this spring. He pitched in 18 games (13 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 6-6 with a 7.05 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP. Rogers has now pitched in 47 games (22 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 8-9 with a 6.57 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. He is a longshot to make the Rockies’ pen in 2012.

Lefties: 27-year old Matt Reynolds regressed a little bit in 2011. He pitched in 73 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Reynolds has now pitched in 94 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The Rockies hope that Reynolds pitches a little better in 2012 than he did last year.

Rex Brothers: 24-year old Rex Brothers looked really solid for the Rockies in his first taste of the majors in 2011. Brothers pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-2 with 1 save, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He only gave up 33 hits while whiffing 59 batters in 40 2/3 innings for the Rockies last year, which is outstanding. His only flaw was with his control as he walked 20 batters last year. If Brothers tightens up his control a bit, look out!

Josh Outman: 27-year old Josh Outman will pitch out of the bullpen in 2012 if he loses out on a rotation spot. He pitched in 13 games (9 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Outman has now pitched in 33 games (25 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Outman is going to be an asset for the Rockies in 2012 no matter what his role is going to be on the pitching staff.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2012: C-

The Colorado Rockies sign Jared Wells

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 15 February 2012 at 4:24 pm

The Rockies have signed 30-year old righty reliever Jared Wells to a minor league deal Jared Wells didn’t pitch anywhere in 2011. He pitched in the majors back in 2008 with the Padres and Mariners. Wells pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in the majors in 2008 and he was 0-0 with a 8.64 ERA and a 2.16 WHIP. Wells is going to be longshot to make the Rockies’ bullpen this spring.

The Colorado Rockies sign Steve Holm

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 9 February 2012 at 5:29 pm

The Rockies have signed 32-year old righty swinging catcher Steve Holm. Holm played in 6 games for the Twins last year and he was 2 for 17 (.118 avg, .343 OPS) with 1 run scored. He also played in AAA-ball last year appearing in 47 games in which he was 27 for 151 (.179 avg, .506 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 1 homer and 13 RBIs. Holm has played in 59 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 26 for 108 (.241 avg, .697 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. The Rockies will likely stash Holm in AAA-ball in 2012.

The Colorado Rockies will have a new look rotation for 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 6 February 2012 at 2:10 pm

The Colorado Rockies are going to have four new starting pitchers in the rotation in 2012, compared to the opening day rotation in 2011 and that is a good thing. Here is a look at how the Rockies’ starting rotation looks as of right now:

#1: Jhoulys Chacin: 24-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin will be the Rockies’ top starter in 2012. He pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 11-14 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Chacin has now pitched in 68 games (53 starts) in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 20-26 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. I look for Chacin to have a breakout year in 2012 for the Rockies.

#2: Jeremy Guthrie: 32-year old righty Jeremy Guthrie will likely step right in as the Rockies’ #2 starter in 2012. He pitched in 34 games (32 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-17 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Guthrie has pitched in 177 games (154 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 47-65 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. When evaluating Guthrie, you have to remember that he played on some really lousy teams in Baltimore and it was the reason for his poor win/loss record. Guthrie has good stuff, and I look for him to gain confidence due to pitching on a better team in 2012.

#3, #4 and #5: Tyler Chatwood: 22-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood came to the Rockies in a deal with the Angels over the winter. He pitched in 27 games (25 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. If Chatwood improves his control, the Rockies are going to really benefit as Chatwood has a nice upside.

Guillermo Moscoso: 28-year old righty starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso came to the Rockies in a deal with the A’s over the winter. He pitched in 23 games (21 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Moscoso has now pitched in 34 games (21 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 8-10 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He is almost a lock to make the Rockies’ rotation in 2012.

Drew Pomeranz: 23-year old lefty Drew Pomeranz came to the Rockies in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal with the Indians last July. He pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Pomeranz also pitched in 20 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball last year and he was 4-3 with a 1.78 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He likely has the inside track on winning the #5 job in the Rockies’ rotation this spring.

Jamie Moyer: 49-year old lefty Jamie Moyer is trying to make a comeback after missing last year due to Tommy John Surgery. Moyer last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Phillies. Moyer has pitched in 686 games (628 starts) in his first 24 years in the majors and he is 267-204 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Scouts are reporting that Moyer is throwing the ball better than ever, so he’s going to have a good chance to winning a job in the Rockies’ rotation this spring. I have learned in the past to never count Moyer out.

Alex White: 23-year old righty Alex White was also part of the return (along with Drew Pomeranz) for Ubaldo Jimenez last July in the trade with the Indians. He pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year (his first taste of the majors) and he was 2-4 with a 8.42 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. He pitched in 10 games (all starts) overall with the Rockies & Indians and he is 3-4 with a 7.01 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. White also pitched in 8 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. White has a huge upside, but he will likely start the 2012 season in the minors unless he has a huge spring.

Jorge De La Rosa: 30-year old lefty Jorge De La Rosa is going to get off to a late start to 2012 as he continues to rehab from Tommy John Surgery. He is likely to return to action around June of 2012. De La Rosa pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 5-2 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He has now pitched in 91 games (85 starts) in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 39-26 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. De La Rosa has now pitched in 188 games (126 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 54-49 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Rockies need De La Rosa to be 100% when he returns to action, so they aren’t going to rush him.

Juan Nicasio: 25-year old righty Juan Nicasio pitched well for the Rockies in his first taste of the majors until he was hit in the neck with a line drive that ended his 2011 season. He pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 4-4 with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Nicasio also pitched in 9 games (all starts) in AA-ball last year and he was 5-1 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. The Rockies are going to really watch Nicasio to make sure he’s 100% healthy before he gets another chance to pitch.

PROJECTED GRADE OF THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2012: B

The Colorado Rockies acquire Jeremy Guthrie from the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 6 February 2012 at 10:25 am

The Colorado Rockies have acquired 32-year old righty starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from the Orioles for 29-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Hammel and 31-year old righty reliever Matt Lindstrom. Guthrie pitched in 34 games (32 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-17 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has now pitched in 177 games (154 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 47-65 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Guthrie will immediately become the Rockies’ #2 starter behind Jhoulys Chacin when the 2012 season starts, as he is that good. I think he can win around 15 games for the Rockies in 2012.

Jason Hammel pitched in 32 games (27 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 7-13 with 1 save, a 4.76 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He pitched in 96 games (87 starts) in his three years with the Rockies and he was 27-30 with 1 save, a 4.63 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Guthrie will be a huge upgrade on Hammel in 2012. Matt Lindstrom pitched in 63 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-2 with 2 saves, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Lindstrom pitched pretty well for the Rockies last year, but the Rockies didn’t hesitate including him in this deal to secure getting Jeremy Guthrie.

This was a very good deal for the Rockies, as they have pretty much rebuilt the starting rotation for 2012.

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