Jorge De La Rosa is off to a good start for the Colorado Rockies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 29 April 2013 at 12:41 pm

32-year old lefty starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa is off to a great start for the Rockies in 2013.  He has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  He has given up 22 hits and he has walked 11 batters in his first 30 1/3 innings for the Rockies this year while whiffing 26 batters.  He is in the last season of a 3-year, $31.5 million dollar deal that he signed back in the winter of 2010.  In the first two years of that deal, De La Rosa pitched in 13 games (all starts) in which he was 5-4 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Rockies hope that De La Rosa can stay in one piece for the entire 2013 season.

The Colorado Rockies summon Nolan Arenado from AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 12:23 pm

The Colorado Rockies have called up 22-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado.  He came into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  Arenado played in 18 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rockies and he was 24 for 66 (.364 avg, 1.059 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 21 RBIs.  He has played in 432 games in his five years in the minors for the Rockies and he was 501 of 1,675 (.299 avg, .818 OPS) with 224 runs scored, 49 homers, 286 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Arenado will likely take over as the Rockies’ starting 3B starting today.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Chris Nelson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 12:20 pm

The Rockies have designated 27-year old righty swinging 3B Chris Nelson for assignment.  Nelson played in 21 games for the Rockies this year and he was 16 for 66 (.242 avg, .600 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and an amazingly bad 19 strikeouts.  Nelson played in 212 games in his four years with the Rockies and he was 172 of 616 (.279 avg, .738 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 13 homers, 73 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rockies will likely try to deal Nelson, as there is no way I see him getting through waivers.  This was a surprising move to me as Nelson has played well for the Rockies in the past.

UPDATE:  (5/2/2013) – The Rockies have dealt Chris Nelson to the New York Yankees for either a player to be named later or cash.

UPDATE II:  (9/11/2013) – The Rockies have received 22-year old lefty reliever Yoely Bello from the Yankees to complete this deal.  Bello pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in Rookie ball for the Yankees this year and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 6.29 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  Bello has pitched in 61 games (1 start) in his first four years in the minors and he is 6-6 with 3 saves, a 3.98 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

The Colorado Rockies place Todd Helton on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 26 April 2013 at 1:13 pm

The Rockies have placed 39-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20th due to left forearm inflammation.  Helton has played in 13 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 11 for 41 (.268 avg, .748 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 10 RBIs.  The Rockies have called up 24-year old lefty swinging 1B/3B Ryan Wheeler and he will likely share P.T. with 27-year old righty swinging Jordan Pacheco until Helton returns to action.  Wheeler has played in 1 game for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1 for 4 with a double.  He also played in 15 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies earlier this year and he was 16 for 46 (.348 avg, .973 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers and 16 RBIs.  Pacheco has played in 13 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 12 for 38 (.316 avg, .692 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.  The Rockies should be o.k. until Helton returns to action.

The Colorado Rockies call up Tyler Chatwood

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 April 2013 at 1:29 pm

The Rockies have called up 23-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to replace the injured Jhoulys Chacin in the rotation.  Chatwood pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Chatwood pitched in 19 games (12 starts) for the Rockies last year, his first year with the team, and he was 5-6 with 1 save, a 5.43 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  The Rockies need Chatwood to pitch better this time around.

Armando Reynoso was a decent starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at 12:37 pm

Righty starting pitcher Armando Reynoso pitched for the Rockies before they started using the humidor there.  In the Rockies’ inaugural season (1993), Reynoso pitched in 30 games (all starts) in which he was 12-11 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  He finished 11th in the N.L. Rookie of the Year voting in 1993.  Reynoso pitched in 89 games (87 starts) in his four years with the Rockies and he was 30-31 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  He is still tied for 10th in games started (87) in Rockies’ history with Jason Hammel.  He is also #5 in ERA (4.65), #8 in WHIP (1.47) and he’s tied for #5 in complete games with 5 of them in Rockies’ history.

Wilin Rosario is off to a hot start with the bat for the Colorado Rockies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at 12:32 pm

24-year old righty swinging catcher Wilin Rosario enjoyed a breakout season in 2012.  He played in 117 games for the Rockies last year and he was 107 of 396 (.270 avg, .843 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 28 homers, 71 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Rosario is off to a fast start with the bat in 2013 for the Rockies, showing that last year was not a fluke but a glimpse of things to come.  He has played in 15 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 16 for 53 (.302 avg, .874 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers, 13 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  The Rockies hope that Rosario keeps up the good work with the bat.

The Colorado Rockies place Jhoulys Chacin on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 21 April 2013 at 4:50 pm

The Rockies have placed 25-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin on the 15-day disabled list due to a lower back strain.  He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  The Rockies have called up 26-year old righty reliever Rob Scahill to replace Chacin on the roster.  He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies so far this year and he was 2-0 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.  Scahill got his first taste of the majors for the Rockies last year and he worked in 6 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-0 with a 1.04 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  The Rockies hope that Chacin is ready to return soon, as he has been electric for them so far this year.

Todd Helton is off to a good start for the Colorado Rockies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 19 April 2013 at 7:04 am

39-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton looked like he was toast last year for the Rockies.  He played in 69 games for the Rockies in 2012 and he was 57 for 240 (.238 avg, .743 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 7 homers, 37 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  But this year, it has been so far so good for Helton.  He has played in 12 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 11 for 39 (.282 avg, .769 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 10 RBIs.  The Rockies hope that Helton’s back holds up which could allow him to have a nice comeback year in 2013.

Nolan Arenado is off to a blazing start in AAA-ball for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 14 April 2013 at 7:17 am

21-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado came into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America and he’s showing why so far this year.  He has played in 8 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies so far this year and he is 13 for 29 (.448 avg, 1.397 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 10 RBIs.  Arenado has now played in 422 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 490 for 1,638 (.299 avg, .819 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 48 homers, 275 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Arenado is going to be in Denver playing for the Rockies at some point in 2013, it’s only a matter of time.

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