The Colorado Rockies send Jason Gurka to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 6:23 pm

The Colorado Rockies have sent 28-year old lefty reliever Jason Gurka to AAA.  Gurka pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 0-0 with a 9.31 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 0-0 with a 9.35 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP.  I don’t think Gurka will get another chance with the Rockies for a while, as he has been downright awful for them so far in his career.

The Colorado Rockies DFA David Hale

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 6:19 pm

The Colorado Rockies have designated 28-year old righty reliever/starter David Hale for assignment.  Hale pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Hale pitched in 19 games (12 starts) in his two years with the Rockies and he is 5-5 with a 6.27 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  Hale has now pitched in 66 games (20 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 10-10 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Well, it’s pretty clear that Hale can’t handle pitching in Colorado, but I bet some team will take a chance on turning him around.

UPDATE:  (4/25/2016) – The Rockies have lost David Hale on waivers to the Baltimore Orioles

The Colorado Rockies acquire Cody Decker from the Royals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 5:22 pm

The Colorado Rockies have acquired 29-year old righty swinging 1B Cody Decker from the Royals for cash considerations.  Decker played in 7 games in AAA-ball for the Royals this year and he was 5 for 18 (.278 avg, 1.214 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBIs.  Decker has now played in 768 games in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 686 of 2,584 (.265 avg, .874 OPS) with 407 runs scored, 159 homers, 509 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Decker’s only Major League experience to this point in his career came last year when he played in 8 games for the Padres in which he was 0 for 11 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 RBI and 5 whiffs.  He will start out in AAA-ball for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies release Kyle Parker

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 10:25 am

The Colorado Rockies have released 26-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Kyle Parker.  Parker played in 20 games in spring training for the Rockies and he was 6 for 27 (.222 avg, .509 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  He played in 46 games for the Rockies last year and he was 19 of 106 (.179 avg, .535 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Parker played in 64 games in his two years with the Rockies and he was 24 of 132 (.182 avg, .513 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Rockies have 1B and the outfield covered, so they won’t miss Parker in 2016.

The Colorado Rockies sign Jeff Bianchi

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 1 April 2016 at 11:41 am

The Colorado Rockies have signed 29-year old righty swinging infielder Jeff Bianchi to a minor league deal.  Bianchi played in 3 games for the Red Sox last year and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  He also played in 43 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 34 of 130 (.262 avg, .644 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Bianchi has now played in 165 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 81 of 377 (.215 avg, .531 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 4 homers, 40 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

The Colorado Rockies sign Ryan Raburn

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 4 March 2016 at 3:14 pm

The Colorado Rockies have signed 34-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Raburn to a minor league deal.  Raburn played in 82 games for the Indians last year and he was 52 of 173 (.301 avg, .936 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 8 homers and 29 RBIs.  Raburn has now played in 809 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 560 of 2,184 (.256 avg, .757 OPS) with 303 runs scored, 82 homers, 322 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  This was a great pickup for the Rockies as Raburn is a lefty pitcher masher, and the Rockies’ three starting outfielders swinging lefty.  I don’t think he will platoon with anyone, but he will be a solid bat off the bench.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Edgmer Escalona

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 23 August 2013 at 5:30 pm

The Rockies have designated 26-year old righty reliever Edgmer Escalona for assignment.  He pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Escalona pitched in 78 games (0 starts) in his four years with the Rockies and he was 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  This won’t be much of a loss if a team claims Escalona off waivers from the Rockies.

UPDATE:  (8/30/2013) – The Rockies have outrighted Edgmer Escalona to AAA-ball.

The Colorado Rockies release Aaron Cook

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 19 July 2013 at 7:49 pm

The Rockies have released 34-year old righty starting pitcher Aaron Cook.  Cook pitched in 8 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 0-5 with a 8.15 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.  Cook gave up 56 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 22 batters in his 35 1/3 innings in AAA-ball, as he got hit really, really hard.  Cook pitched in 238 games (206 starts) in his 10 years with the Rockies and he was 72-68 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Cook is the Rockies’ all-time leader in games started (206) and wins (72), innings pitched (1,312 1/3).  Cook is also #4 in ERA (4.53), #8 in WHIP (1.47), #6 in strikeouts (558), #2 in complete games (11) and he’s tied for #3 in Rockies’ history in shutouts (3).  Cook is gone, but not forgotten.  That being said, he won’t be missed.

The Colorado Rockies acquire Armando Galarraga from the Reds

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 July 2013 at 1:55 pm

The Rockies have acquired 31-year old righty starting pitcher Armando Galarraga from the Cincinnati Reds for 24-year old righty starter/reliever Parker Frazier.  Galarraga pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Reds in AAA-ball this year and he was 6-6 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Galarraga last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Houston Astros.  He has pitched in 100 games (91 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 26-34 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Frazier pitched in 25 games (4 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.  Frazier pitched in 147 games (120 starts) in his seven years in the minors for the Rockies and he was 38-49 with a 4.75 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Frazier came into this season as the Rockies’ #30 prospect according to Baseball America.  This was a good move for the Rockies as Galarraga might be able to help them in the rotation in the second half of the 2013 season.

The Colorado Rockies acquire Mitchell Boggs from the Cardinals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 July 2013 at 9:27 pm

The Rockies have acquired 29-year old righty reliever Mitchell Boggs from the Cardinals for cash considerations.  Boggs pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Cardinals this year and he was 0-3 with a 11.05 ERA and a 2.46 WHIP.  He has given up 21 hits (3 homers) and 15 walks while walking 11 batters in his first 14 2/3 innings for the Cardinals this year, as he has had his issues in 2013.  Boggs has now pitched in 232 games (15 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 13-15 with 6 saves, a 4.15 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Boggs will begin his career with the Rockies in AA-ball.  Maybe a change of scenery will help spark Boggs to get back to the pitcher he used to be earlier in his career.  This was a nice low risk/high reward move for the Cardinals.

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