Seven rookies could help the Colorado Rockies in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 3 April 2012 at 12:17 pm

Seven rookies could help the Rockies at some point during the 2012 season. Here is a look at them:

Drew Pomeranz: 23-year old lefty starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz comes into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He also pitched in 20 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball last year for the Rockies & Indians in which he was 4-3 with a 1.78 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He only gave up 68 hits and 38 walks in 101 innings in the minors last year while whiffing 119 batters. Pomeranz could wind up winning the most games for the Rockies in 2012, as he is just that good.

Zach Putnam: 24-year old righty reliever Zach Putnam was the Indians’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America when the Rockies dealt Kevin Slowey for him. Putnam 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. He also pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 6-3 with 9 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Putnam has now pitched in 122 games (15 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 16-8 with 14 saves, a 3.83 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Putnam could help the thin Rockies’ bullpen at some point in 2012.

Wilin Rosario: 23-year old righty swinging catcher Wilin Rosario comes into this season as the Rockies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. Rosario played in 16 games for the Rockies last year and he was 11 of 54 (.204 avg, .691 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. He 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 has now played in 395 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 392 of 1,469 (.267 avg, .765 OPS) with 198 runs scored, 61 homers, 216 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Rosario will back up Ramon Hernandez behind the plate in 2012 for the Rockies.

Charlie Blackmon: 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Charlie Blackmon comes into this season as the Rockies’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America. Blackmon played in 27 games for the Rockies last year and he was 25 of 98 (.255 avg, .753 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He also played in 58 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 82 of 243 (.337 avg, .965 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 10 homers, 49 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Blackmon has now played in 345 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 449 of 1,420 (.316 avg, .851 OPS) with 231 runs scored, 30 homers, 206 RBIs and 74 stolen bases. He could win a job off the bench at some point this year for the Rockies.

D.J. LeMahieu: 23-year old righty swinging infielder D.J. LeMahieu comes into this season as the Rockies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. LeMahieu played in 37 games for the Cubs last year and he was 15 for 60 (.250 avg, .546 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. He also played in 108 games in AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 132 of 414 (.319 avg, .777 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 5 homers, 50 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 284 games in his first 3 years in the minors and he is 359 of 1,132 (.317 avg, .753 OPS) with 139 runs scored, 7 homers, 157 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. LeMahieu is a solid hitter and he’s versatile in the field, so he should be able to help the Rockies off the bench in 2012.

Jordan Pacheco: 26-year old righty swinging 3B/1B/C Jordan Pacheco comes into this season as the Rockies’ #17 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 21 games for the Rockies last year and he was 24 of 84 (.286 avg, .687 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. He also played in 97 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 101 of 363 (.278 avg, .721 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 3 homers, 50 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Pacheco has now played in 456 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 521 of 1,719 (.303 avg, .803 OPS) with 251 runs scored, 26 homers, 285 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. Pacheco could get his big shot at 3B this year for the Rockies.

Thomas Field: 25-year old righty swinging shortstop Thomas Field is the Rockies’ #27 prospect according to Baseball America. Field played in 16 games for the Rockies last year and he was 13 of 48 (.271 avg, .585 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. He also played in 134 games in AA-ball last year and he was 128 of 472 (.271 avg, .795 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Field has now played in 403 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 376 of 1,398 (.269 avg, .796 OPS) with 327 runs scored, 39 homers, 197 RBIs and 43 stolen bases. Field is blocked at SS by Troy Tulowitzki, so he might need to learn a new position to get to the majors with the Rockies in 2012.

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