Nolan Arenado is a rising force for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 13 March 2016 at 7:15 am

24-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado really broke out last year as he was dominating both with the glove and the bat in 2015.  He played in 157 games for the Colorado Rockies last year and he was 177 of 616 (.287 avg, .898 OPS) with 97 runs scored, a N.L. leading 42 homers, a Major League leading 130 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He was a N.L. All-Star last year, won a Gold Glove Award, a Silver Slugger Award and he finished in 8th in the N.L. MVP vote!  Arenado has played in 401 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 431 of 1,534 (.281 avg, .818 OPS) with 204 runs scored, 70 homers, 243 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Arenado has won a Gold Glove at 3B in all three of his seasons with the Rockies, as he is a wizard with the glove.

The Colorado Rockies could have a very productive platoon at 1B in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 8:26 am

The Colorado Rockies will have a platoon set up at 1B in 2016 with 28-year old lefty Ben Paulsen and 32-year old righty swinging Mark Reynolds sharing the job.  Paulsen played in 116 games for the Rockies last year and he was 90 for 325 (.277 avg, .787 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 11 homers, 49 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  In his first two years in the show, Paulsen is 98 of 342 (.287 avg, .813 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 12 homers and 48 RBIs against righty pitchers.  Reynolds played in 140 games for the Cardinals last year and he was 88 of 382 (.230 avg, .713 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 13 homers, 48 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  In his career against lefty pitchers, Reynolds is 257 of 1,114 (.231 avg, .804 OPS) with 184 runs scored, 63 homers, 188 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  I like the set up for the Rockies at 1B in 2016.

The Colorado Rockies lose Jairo Diaz for the 2016 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 6 March 2016 at 10:01 pm

The Colorado Rockies have lost 24-year old righty reliever Jairo Diaz for the remainder of the 2016 season, as he needs Tommy John surgery.  Diaz pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-1 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Diaz gave up 16 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 18 batters in 19 innings for the Rockies last year, which was impressive.  Diaz has now pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

Ryan McMahon is a rock solid prospect for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 6 March 2016 at 6:51 am

21-year old lefty swinging 3B Ryan McMahon comes into this season as the Rockies’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 132 games in A-ball last year and he was 149 of 496 (.300 avg, .892 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 18 homers, 75 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He has now played in 317 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 355 of 1,196 (.297 avg, .896 OPS) with 220 runs scored, 47 homers, 229 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  When McMahon finally gets to the show, he might have to change positions as long as the Colorado Rockies still have the awesome Nolan Arenado at 3B.

Top prospects are duking it out in camp for the starting shortstop job

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 5 March 2016 at 1:35 pm

The Colorado Rockies are preparing to be without starting shortstop Jose Reyes for a large chunk of the 2016 season due to his impending league suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy.  That sets up a spring training battle for the starting shortstop job between 24-year old switch-hitting Cristhian Adames and 23-year old righty swinging Trevor Story.  Adames might have a slight edge because he has played in the majors already.  He comes into this season as the Rockies’ #26 prospect according to Baseball America.  Adames played in 26 games for the Rockies last year and he was 13 of 53 (.245 avg, .600 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  He also played in 116 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year in which he was 144 of 463 (.311 avg, .800 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 11 homers, 51 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Story comes into this season as the Rockies’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  Story played in 130 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 143 of 512 (.279 avg, .863 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 40 doubles, 10 triples, 20 homers, 80 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  No matter which guy wins the starting shortstop job, the Rockies should be in good hands while Reyes is out of action.

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.

Charlie Blackmon has been impressive for the Colorado Rockies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 29 September 2013 at 6:41 am

Injuries opened up P.T. for 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Charlie Blackmon and he has taken full advantage of it.  He has played in 81 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 74 of 242 (.306 avg, .798 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He is a hacker at the plate though as he has whiffed 48 times while only walking six time so far this year.  Blackmon has now played in 150 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 131 of 453 (.289 avg, .733 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 9 homers, 38 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Josh Outman is pitching well in the second half for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 19 September 2013 at 11:55 am

29-year old lefty reliever Josh Outman is putting together a nice second half for the Colorado Rockies.  He has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in the second half of the 2013 season and he is 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Outman has now pitched in 57 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Outman has given up 53 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 50 batters in his first 51 2/3 innings this year, which are pretty solid numbers.  The Rockies hope that Outman finishes strongly the last couple of weeks.

Michael Cuddyer is finishing the 2013 season strongly for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at 6:46 am

34-year old righty swinging RF Michael Cuddyer is ripping the ball in September for the Rockies.  He has played in 14 games for the Rockies so far in September and he is 22 of 54 (.407 avg, 1.089 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Cuddyer has now played in 124 games overall this year for the Rockies and he is 154 of 465 (.331 avg, .928 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 20 homers, 81 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Cuddyer is currently tied for the team lead in runs scored (72), #4 in homers (20), #1 in RBIs (81) and he is tied for 4th in stolen bases (10) on the Rockies in 2013.  He is also currently leading the National League with a .331 batting average.

Todd Helton is likely playing his last games for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 8 September 2013 at 6:55 am

40-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton is likely playing his last games with the Rockies this month, as his contract expires after this season.  Helton has played in 107 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 83 of 332 (.250 avg, .737 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 13 homers and 51 RBIs.  Helton has now played in 2,230 games in his 17 years with the Rockies and he is 2,503 of 7,897 (.317 avg, .955 OPS) with 1,391 runs scored, 367 homers, 1,396 RBIs and 37 stolen bases.  Helton is the all-time leader in Rockies’ history in games played (2,230),  hits (2,503), runs scored (1,391), homers (367), RBIs (1,396), doubles (585) and walks (1,330).  He is also #3 in batting average (.317), #2 in OBP (.415), tied for #6 in SLG (.540), #3 in OPS (.955) and #4 in triples (37) in Rockies’ history.  He is the best player in Rockies’ history and it will be sad to see him go, but the time is right to move on.

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