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 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-

The starting rotation looks pretty awful for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Monday 4 March 2013 at 5:43 pm

The starting rotation looks pretty awful heading into the 2013 season for the Rockies.  The Rockies hope that 31-year old lefty Jorge De La Rosa can stay healthy in 2013.  He pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 191 games (129 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 54-51 with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  25-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin is the most talented starting pitcher the Rockies have, but he needs to keep his head on straight in 2013.  Chacin pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 82 games (67 starts) in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 23-31 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  The rest of the starting jobs will be won or lost in spring training.  24-year old lefty Drew Pomeranz could win one of the spots in the Rockies’ rotation.  He pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 26 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 4-10 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  He was supposedly the prize in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal with the Indians two summers ago.  26-year old righty Juan Nicasio also has a decent upside.  He pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 24 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  32-year old lefty Jeff Francis is the old-timer of this bunch.  He pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 6-7 with a 5.58 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  Francis has now pitched in 205 games (204 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 67-73 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  23-year old righty Tyler Chatwood also could snag a spot in the rotation with a good spring.  He pitched in 19 games (12 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 5-6 with 1 save, a 5.43 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 46 games (37 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 11-17 with 1 save, a 4.96 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  If Chatwood starts throwing more strikes, he might not be too bad.  25-year old lefty Christian Friedrich had a baptism by fire in his first taste of the majors in 2012.  He pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 5-8 with a 6.17 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  He also pitched in 5 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies in which he was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  26-year old righty Chris Volstad had a rough time with the Cubs last year.  He pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  Volstad has now pitched in 124 games (123 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 35-51 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Volstad has not pitched well in the majors since his rookie year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2013:  D-

The Colorado Rockies hope that Michael Cuddyer can stay healthy in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 24 February 2013 at 2:53 pm

The Rockies hope that 33-year old righty swinging RF Michael Cuddyer can stay healthy in 2013.  He played in 101 games for the Rockies last year and he was 93 of 358 (.260 avg, .806 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 16 homers, 58 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  He played in 74 games (68 starts) in RF last year and he had 6 assists and 3 errors there while showing below average range.  Cuddyer has now played in 1,240 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 1,199 of 4,430 (.271 avg, .795 OPS) with 659 runs scored, 157 homers, 638 RBIs and 60 stolen bases.  27-year old Tyler Colvin, 27-year old Eric Young and 26-year old Charlie Blackmon could get in on the action in 2013 in RF at some point for the Rockies.  Colvin played in 59 games (44 starts) for the Rockies in RF last year and he had 6 assists and 0 errors while showing off really good range there.  Young played in 11 games (all starts) in RF for the Rockies last year and he didn’t have any errors or assists there while showing poor range.  Blackmon played in 17 games (11 starts) in RF last year and he had 2 assists and 0 errors there while showing good range there.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  B

The Colorado Rockies have high hopes for Dexter Fowler in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 24 February 2013 at 2:48 pm

The Rockies have high hopes for 26-year old switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler in 2013.  Fowler played in 143 games for the Rockies last year and he was 136 of 454 (.300 avg, .863 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 13 homers, 53 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  Fowler played in 131 games (116 starts) in CF last year for the Rockies and he had 4 assists and 6 errors there while showing off pretty poor range.  Fowler has now played in 548 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 497 of 1,833 (.271 avg, .791 OPS) with 305 runs scored, 28 homers, 168 RBIs and 64 stolen bases.  27-year old switch-hitting Eric Young will probably be Fowler’s top backup in 2013.  Young played in 98 games for the Rockies last year and he was 55 of 174 (.316 avg, .825 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  He played in 15 games (12 starts) in CF for the Rockies last year and he had 0 errors or assists there while showing off good range.  Young has now played in 256 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 160 of 601 (.266 avg, .679 OPS) 103 runs scored, 5 homers, 34 RBIs and 62 stolen bases.  27-year old lefty swinging Tyler Colvin played in 38 games (32 starts) for the Rockies in CF last year and he had 2 assists and 3 errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Colvin will likely be needed more at other positions (especially 1B) in 2013, so he’s likely to play a lot less in CF this year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTER FIELDERS IN 2013:  B

The Colorado Rockies are hoping for another big year out of Carlos Gonzalez in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 24 February 2013 at 2:39 pm

The Rockies hope that 27-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez can stay healthy in 2013.  Gonzalez played in 135 games for the Rockies last year and he was 157 of 518 (.303 avg, .881 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 22 homers, 85 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  Gonzalez played in 131 games (all starts) in LF for the Rockies last year and he had 7 assists and 4 errors there while showing below average range.  Gonzalez has now played in 581 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 648 of 2,166 (.299 avg, .874 OPS) with 376 runs scored, 99 homers, 349 RBIs and 86 stolen bases.  26-year old lefty swinging Charlie Blackmon, 27-year old switch-hitting Eric Young and 27-year old lefty swinging Tyler Colvin could also play LF if needed.  Blackmon played in 42 games for the Rockies last year and he was 32 of 113 (.283 avg, .732 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 15 games (12 starts) in LF for the Rockies last year and he had 2 assists and 0 errors there while showing out of this world range.  Blackmon has now played in 69 games in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 57 of 211 (.270 avg, .659 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Young played in 8 games (5 starts) in LF for the Rockies last year and he made o errors and didn’t have any assists there while showing poor range.  Tyler Colvin played in 10 games (5 starts) in LF last year for the Rockies and he had 0 errors or assists while showing pretty terrible range there.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LEFT FIELDERS IN 2013:  A

3B is going to be a competition for the Colorado Rockies this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 February 2013 at 12:55 pm

27-year old righty swingers Chris Nelson and Jordan Pacheco are going to duke it out this spring for the starting job at 3B for the Rockies in 2013.  Nelson played in 111 games for the Rockies last year and he was 104 of 345 (.301 avg, .810 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 9 homers, 53 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Nelson played in 92 games (68 starts) for the Rockies at 3B last year and he had 12 errors there while showing poor range.  Nelson has played in 191 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 156 of 550 (.284 avg, .754 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 13 homers, 69 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.   Pacheco played in 132 games for the Rockies last year and he was 147 of 475 (.309 avg, .762 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 5 homers, 54 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He played in 82 games (80 starts) at 3B for the Rockies last year and he had 9 errors there while showing pretty poor range.  Pacheco has now played in 153 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 171 of 559 (.306 avg, .751 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 7 homers, 68 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  24-year old lefty swinging Ryan Wheeler will be a longshot to win the starting job this spring.  Wheeler played in 50 games for the D-Backs last year (his first taste of the majors) and he was 26 of 109 (.239 avg, .634 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Wheeler played in 23 games (21 starts) at 3B last year and he had 2 errors and showed pretty poor range there.  Wheeler 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.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013:  B-

The Colorado Rockies hope that Troy Tulowitzki can stay in one piece in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 14 February 2013 at 4:49 pm

The Rockies need to find a way to keep 28-year old righty swinging SS Troy Tulowitzki in one piece in 2013.  He only played in 47 games for the Rockies last year and he was 52 of 181 (.287 avg, .846 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 8 homers, 27 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He played in 47 games (all starts) at SS for the Rockies last year and he had 8 errors there while showing out of this world range.  Tulowitzki has now played in 744 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 822 of 2,813 (.292 avg, .868 OPS) with 471 runs scored, 130 homers, 470 RBIs and 53 stolen bases.  27-year old lefty swinging Reid Brignac could win the backup job for the Rockies this spring.  He played in 16 games for the Rays last year and he was 2 for 21 (.095 avg, .232 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  Brignac has now played in 256 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 152 of 671 (.227 avg, .586 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 10 homers, 67 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Brignac played in 11 games (5 starts) at SS last year for the Rays and he had 1 error while showing out of this world range.  23-year old righty swinging Josh Rutledge could also fill in at SS if he’s not starting at 2B for the Rockies.  He played in 57 games (56 starts) at SS for the Rockies last year and he had 11 errors while showing good range there.  23-year old righty swinging Charlie Culberson is a longshot to make the team this spring.  He played in 6 games for the Giants last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 3 for 22 (.136 avg, .273 OPS) with 1 RBI.  He also played in 121 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 125 of 476 (.263 avg, .719 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 12 homers, 65 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  29-year old righty swinging Tommy Manzella will likely start this year in AAA-ball for the Rockies.  He played in 91 games in AA+AAA-ball last year for the White Sox, Brewers and D-Backs in which he was 66 of 299 (.221 avg, .562 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 1 homer, 36 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He last played in the majors back in 2010 with the Astros.  Manzella has now played in 90 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 59 of 263 (.224 avg, .528 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer and 21 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013:  A

The Colorado Rockies are likely going to have a competition for the starting 2B job this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 10 February 2013 at 9:45 pm

23-year old Josh Rutledge, 24-year old D.J. LeMahieu and 28-year old switch-hitting Jonathan Herrera will duke it out for the starting 2B job this spring.  Rutledge likely has a small edge heading into spring training.  He played in 73 games for the Rockies last year and he was 76 of 277 (.274 avg, .775 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 8 homers, 37 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He is hacker at the plate though as he whiffed 54 times while walking only 9 times last year.  He only played in 7 games (all starts) for the Rockies at 2B last year and he had 0 errors while showing slightly below average range.  He is a natural SS, so he should be able to adjust to playing 2B.  Rutledge also played in 87 games in AA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 109 of 356 (.306 avg, .846 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 13 homers, 35 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  D.J. LeMahieu played in 81 games for the Rockies last year and he was 68 of 229 (.297 avg, .742 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 4 homers, 22 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 67 games (60 starts) at 2B for the Rockies last year and he had 2 errors there while showing out of this world range.  LeMahieu has now played in 118 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 83 of 289 (.287 avg, .702 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 2 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Herrera played in 86 games for the Rockies last year and he was 59 of 225 (.262 avg, .668 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He played in 19 games (12 starts) at 2B for the Rockies last year and he didn’t have any errors there while showing slightly below average range.  Herrera has now played in 294 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 204 of 789 (.259 avg, .647 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 7 homers, 50 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  27-year old righty swinging Chris Nelson has a good shot of winning the starting 3B job this spring, but he could handle playing 2B if the need arose for the Rockies.  He played in 21 games (18 starts) at 2B for the Rockies last year and he had 1 error there while showing out of this world range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SECOND BASEMEN IN 2013:  B-

Todd Helton is holding on by a thread with the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 February 2013 at 4:02 pm

Back injuries have hampered 39-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton lately and it might cause him to have to accept that his starting days are behind him.  Helton played in 69 games for the Rockies last year and he was 57 of 240 (.238 avg, .743 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 7 homers, 37 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 67 games (64 starts) at 1B for the Rockies last year and he had 2 errors.  Helton has now played in 2,123 games in his first 16 years with the Rockies and he is 2,420 of 7,565 (.320 avg, .964 OPS) with 1,360 runs scored, 354 homers, 1,435 RBIs and 37 stolen bases.  27-year old lefty swinging Tyler Colvin is likely Helton’s biggest challenger this spring at 1B.  Colvin played in 136 games for the Rockies last year and he was 122 of 420 (.290 avg, .858 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 18 homers, 72 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Colvin played in 31 games (18 starts) at 1B for the Rockies last year and he had 2 errors.  Colvin has now played in 357 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 247 of 1,001 (.247 avg, .763 OPS) with 140 runs scored, 44 homers, 150 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  27-year old righty swinging Jordan Pacheco and 34-year old righty swinging Michael Cuddyer can also play 1B for the Rockies if needed.  Pacheco played in 43 games (35 starts) at 1B last year and he had 4 errors.  His main position last year was 3B.  Michael Cuddyer played in 26 games (24 starts) for the Rockies at 1B last year and he had 2 errors.  Cuddyer does most of his work in RF for the Rockies.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE FIRST BASEMEN IN 2013:  B-

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