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The Colorado Rockies DFA Will Harris

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Saturday 30 March 2013 at 8:49 am

The Rockies have designated 28-year old righty reliever Will Harris.  Harris pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the majors in 2012 for the Rockies and he was 1-1 with a 8.15 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP.  Harris also pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 4-1 with 1 save, a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Rockies as Harris got beat up in his first taste of the show in 2012.

UPDATE:  (4/4/2013) - The Rockies have lost Will Harris to the A’s off waivers.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Ramon Hernandez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Friday 29 March 2013 at 7:07 am

The Rockies have designated 36-year old righty swinging catcher Ramon Hernandez for assignment as he was beaten out for the backup catcher job by Yorvit Torrealba.  Hernandez played in 52 games for the Rockies last year and he was 40 for 184 (.217 avg, .601 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 5 homers and 28 RBIs.  He has now played in 1,509 games in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 1,335 of 5,057 (.264 avg, .744 OPS) with 576 runs scored, 166 homers, 751 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  The Rockies won’t miss Hernandez too much moving forward.

UPDATE:  (4/6/2013) - The Rockies have sent Ramon Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 34-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Harang and cash considerations.  Harang pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  This was an outstanding deal for the Rockies as Harang will give their starting rotation a nice boost in 2013.

UPDATE II:  (4/7/2013) - The Rockies have designated Aaron Harang for assignment.  They planned on flipping him in a trade before they acquired him, which makes perfect sense as the Rockies can get more for Aaron Harang than they would have gotten in return for Ramon Hernandez.

UPDATE III:  (4/11/2013) - The Rockies have dealt Aaron Harang to the Seattle Mariners for 26-year old righty reliever/starter Steven Hensley.  Hensley pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Mariners in AAA-ball in 2013 and he was 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 123 games (72 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 30-30 with 2 saves, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

The Colorado Rockies sign Aaron Cook

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Friday 29 March 2013 at 6:40 am

The Rockies have signed 34-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Red Sox last year and he was 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Last season was the first year of Cook’s major league career that he didn’t pitch for the Rockies.  Cook has pitched in 238 games (206 starts) in his first 10 years with the Rockies and he is 72-68 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Cook is the Rockies’ all-time leader in games started (206), wins (72) and innings pitched (1,312 1/3).  He is also # in ERA (4.53), #7 in WHIP (1.47), #5 in strikeouts (558), #2 in complete games (11) and tied for #3 in shutouts (2) in Rockies’ history.  With the state of the Rockies’ rotation right now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cook pitch a lot for them in 2013.

The Colorado Rockies have five rookies that could help them in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 March 2013 at 9:01 am

The Rockies have five rookies that could help them at some point in 2013.  Here’s a look at them:

Nolan Arenado:  21-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado comes into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 134 games in AA-ball last year and he was 147 of 516 (.285 avg, .766 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers and 56 RBIs.  He has now played in 414 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 477 of 1,609 (.296 avg, .808 OPS) with 210 runs scored, 46 homers, 265 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.

Ryan Wheeler:  24-year old lefty swinging 3B/1B/OF Ryan Wheeler comes into this season as the Rockies’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America.  Wheeler played in 50 games for the D-Backs in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 26 for 109 (.239 avg, .634 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has also played in 93 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 127 of 362 (.351 avg, .960 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 15 homers, 90 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Wheeler has now played in 428 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 512 of 1,637 (.313 avg, .858 OPS) with 243 runs scored, 49 homers, 287 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

Tim Wheeler:  25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tim Wheeler comes into this season as the Rockies’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 92 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 115 of 379 (.303 avg, .768 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 2 homers, 37 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Wheeler has now played in 427 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 473 of 1,723 (.275 avg, .790 OPS) with 304 runs scored, 52 homers, 221 RBIs and 60 stolen bases.

Rob Scahill:  26-year old righty starting pitcher Rob Scahill comes into this season as the Rockies’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in his first taste of the majors in 2012 and he was 0-0 with a 1.04 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He also pitched in 29 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 9-11 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Scahill has now pitched in 98 games (97 starts) in his 32-33 with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Rafael Ortega:  21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega comes into this season as the Rockies’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 2 games for the Rockies last year and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.167 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  He also played in 114 games in A-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 140 of 495 (.283 avg, .754 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 8 homers, 60 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.  Ortega has now played in 420 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 519 of 1,706 (.304 avg, .790 OPS) with 310 runs scored, 25 homers, 221 RBIs and 147 stolen bases.

The Rangers have returned Coty Woods to the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at 4:48 pm

The Rangers have returned 25-year old righty reliever Coty Woods to the Rockies.  The Rangers selected Woods in the Rule 5 Draft over the winter.  Woods pitched in 61 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 4-4 with 27 saves, a 3.20 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Woods has pitched in 151 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors for the Rockies and he is 12-10 with 34 saves, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  The Rockies are probably pretty glad to get Woods back as he could make his major league debut for them at some point in 2013.

The Colorado Rockies sign Jon Garland

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 March 2013 at 4:05 pm

The Rockies have signed 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jon Garland to a 1-year deal worth $500,000 bucks with another possible $2 million bucks that he can earn in incentives.  He will be a part of the Rockies’ starting rotation when the 2013 season opens.  He pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Mariners in spring training and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors back in 2011 with the Dodgers.  Garland has now pitched in 353 games (330 starts) in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 132-119 with 1 save, a 4.32 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  If Garland is healthy, he will give the Rockies’ starting rotation a nice boost.

The over/under for Colorado Rockies’ wins in 2013 is 71.5

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at 5:33 pm

The over/under for Rockies’ wins in 2013 is 71.5.  The Rockies were only 64-98 (39.5%) in 2012.  The Rockies are likely going to have one of the worst starting rotations in all of baseball and it’s hard to win that way.  They did add some help for the bullpen, but the lineup will remain essentially the same in 2013.  But, if Troy Tulowitzki can stay healthy in 2013, the Rockies could be competitive a lot more.  But, the rest of the N.L. West got better over the winter.  I would have to take the under as far as Rockies’ wins go in 2013.

Walt Weiss is going to have his hands full with the Colorado Rockies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at 5:27 pm

It could be a bumpy first season for 49-year old rookie manager Walt Weiss.  He is taking over a Rockies’ squad that was only 64-98 (39.5%) in 2012.  Weiss was a special assistant to Rockies’ GM Dan O’Dowd from 2002-08.  He has been a high school manager since then.  The Rockies have a pretty awful starting rotation and it’s hard to win when that is one of your biggest weaknesses.  Weiss is going to definitely get a baptism by fire with the Rockies in 2013.

The Colorado Rockies sign Giancarlo Alvarado

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at 5:23 pm

The Rockies have signed 35-year old righty starter/reliever Giancarlo Alvarado to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 8 games (all starts) in Japan last year and he was 1-6 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 431 games (187 starts) in his first 17 years in the minors and he is 84-77 with 4 saves, a 3.70 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  It never hurts to give a guy like this a chance, but I doubt that he will help the Rockies at any point in 2013.

The Colorado Rockies are set up well at the back end of the bullpen for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 9 March 2013 at 5:40 pm

The Colorado Rockies are set up well at the back end of the bullpen, but the front end needs some work.  37-year old righty Rafael Betancourt will be the closer for the Rockies again in 2013.  He pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-4 with 31 saves, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Betancourt has now pitched in 603 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 34-28 with 58 saves, a 3.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  The Rockies dealt for 29-year old righty Wilton Lopez and he will be their top set-up man in 2013.  He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Astros last year and he was 6-3 with 10 saves, a 2.17 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Lopez has now pitched in 213 games (2 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 13-13 with 11 saves, a 3.14 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Lopez keeps getting better and that bodes well for the Rockies in 2013.  32-year old righty Matt Belisle is a workhorse for the Rockies.  He pitched in 80 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 3-8 with 3 saves, a 3.71 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Belisle has now pitched in 386 games (43 starts) in his first nine years in the show and he is 39-40 with 5 saves, a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  25-year old lefty Rex Brothers will be the top reliever from his side of the mound for the Rockies in 2013.  He pitched in 75 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  Brothers has now pitched in 123 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 9-4 with 1 save, a 3.49 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  30-year old righty Manny Corpas, 42-year old righty Miguel Batista, 27-year old righty Adam Ottavino, 28-year old lefty Josh Outman and 26-year old Edger Escalona are duking it out for bullpen jobs this spring.  Corpas will have a good shot to win one of the bullpen spots.  He pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Corpas has now pitched in 328 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 12-18 with 34 saves, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Batista pitched in 35 games (5 starts) for the Mets and Braves last year in which he was 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 658 games (248 starts) in his first 18 years in the majors and he is 102-115 with 41 saves, a 4.48 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Ottavino pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 5-1 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 58 games (3 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 5-3 with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  Outman had a rough season in 2012 for the Rockies.  He pitched in 27 games (7 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-3 with a 8.19 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.  Outman has now pitched in 60 games (32 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 9-11 with a 4.69 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  The Rockies hope Outman steps up for them in 2013.  Escalona pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-1 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2013:  B-

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