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The Colorado Rockies look in good shape behind the plate for the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 27 January 2013 at 10:24 pm

The Colorado Rockies look in solid shape behind the plate for the 2013 season. 23-year old righty swinging Wilin Rosario will be the starting catcher for the Rockies. 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. He needs to improve behind the plate defensively as he was horrid with the glove in 2012. Rosario played in 105 games (100 starts) behind the dish for the Rockies last year and he had 13 errors and 21 passed balls. He did throw out 24 of 88 (27.3%) base stealers last year, but Rockies’ pitchers had a 5.01 ERA with Rosario behind the plate. Rosario has now played in 133 games in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 118 of 450 (.262 avg, .824 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 31 homers, 79 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. 36-year old righty swinging Ramon Hernandez and 34-year old righty swinging Yorvit Torrealba will duke it out in spring training to see who will back up Rosario at catcher for 2013. Hernandez played in 52 games for the Rockies last year and he was 40 of 184 (.217 avg, .601 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 5 homers and 28 RBIs. He played in 46 games (45 starts) behind the plate for the Rockies last year and he had 2 errors and 1 passed ball. He also threw out 7 of 43 (16.3%) runners trying to steal on him last year and pitchers had a 5.45 ERA with him behind the dish. Hernandez 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. Torrealba played in 64 games for the Rangers, Brewers and Blue Jays last year in which he was 44 of 194 (.227 avg, .623 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 60 games (53 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 2 errors and 4 passed balls. He also threw out 7 of 42 (16.7%) base stealers and pitchers had a 4.04 ERA with him behind the dish.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013: B

The Colorado Rockies need Jim Tracy to coach them up in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 30 March 2012 at 10:08 pm

The Rockies hope that 56-year old manager Jim Tracy can coach them up in 2012. Tracy led the Rockies to a disappointing 73-89 (45.1%) record last year. He is now 230-210 (52.3) in his first three years during the regular season as the Rockies’ manager. Tracy is also 1-3 (25%) in the post-season for the Rockies. Tracy now has a 792-782 (50.3%) record in his first 10 years as a major league manager. He is also 2-6 (25%) in the post-season in his career as a manager in the show.

Michael Cuddyer will be setting up shop in RF for the Colorado Rockies in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 10:10 pm

The Rockies signed 33-year old righty swinging Michael Cuddyer over the winter to take over as the new starting RF. Cuddyer played in 139 games for the Twins last year and he was 150 of 529 (.284 avg, .805 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 20 homers, 70 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,139 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 1,106 of 4,072 (.272 avg., .794 OPS) with 606 runs scored, 141 homers, 580 RBIs and 52 stolen bases. Cuddyer had 6 assists and 4 errors in 77 games in RF for the Twins last year while showing average range.

26-year old lefty swinging Tyler Colvin will likely be Cuddyer’s top backup in 2012. Colvin played in 80 games for the Cubs last year and he was 31 of 206 (.150 avg, .509 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers and 20 RBIs. He has now played in 221 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 125 of 581 (.215 avg, .696 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 26 homers, 78 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Colvin played in 44 games in RF for the Cubs last year and he had 2 assists and 1 error while showing off excellent range there.

Carlos Gonzalez played in 34 games in RF last year and he had 4 assists and 0 errors while showing slightly below average range. I don’t see Gonzalez playing much in RF in 2012, as he will be manning LF.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2012: B

The Colorado Rockies are expecting big things out of Dexter Fowler in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 9:58 pm

The Colorado Rockies are expecting 26-year old switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler to step up in 2012. Fowler played in 125 games for the Rockies last year and he was 128 of 481 (.266 avg, .796 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 5 homers, 45 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He has now played in 405 games in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 361 of 1,379 (.262 avg, .767 OPS) with 233 runs scored, 15 homers, 115 RBIs and 52 stolen bases. Fowler had 6 assists and 8 errors in 122 games in CF for the Rockies last year and he showed good range.

26-year old switch-hitting Eric Young will likely be the Rockies’ top backup in CF in 2012. Young played in 77 games for the Rockies last year and he was 49 of 198 (.247 avg, .640 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 0 homers, 10 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. He has now played in 158 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 105 of 427 (.246 avg, .619 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 1 homer, 19 RBIs and 48 stolen bases. Young played in 5 games in CF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there.

Carlos Gonzalez and Tyler Colvin could also see some time in 2012 for the Rockies. Gonzalez played in 30 games in CF last year for the Rockies and he had 3 assists and 0 errors while showing poor range there. Colvin played in 8 error-free games for the Cubs last year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2012: B-

Carlos Gonzalez is likely going to stay in LF in 2012 for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 9:44 pm

26-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez likely won’t be moving all over the outfield in 2012 for the Rockies in 2012, as he will likely be the starting LF. Gonzalez played in 127 games for the Rockies last year and he was 142 of 481 (.295 avg, .889 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 26 homers, 92 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He has now played in 361 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 418 of 1,346 (.311 avg, .924 OPS) with 256 runs scored, 73 homers, 238 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. He has now played in 446 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 491 of 1,648 (.298 avg, .871 OPS) with 287 runs scored, 77 homers, 264 RBIs and 66 stolen bases. Gonzalez played in 61 games in LF for the Rockies last year and he had 5 assists and 1 error while showing poor range there.

25-year old lefty swinging Charlie Blackmon could get some P.T. in LF for the Rockies in 2012. He played in 27 games for the Rockies last year and he was 25 of 98 (.255 avg, .573 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Blackmon also played in 58 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 82 of 243 (.337 avg, .965 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 10 homers, 49 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He played in 25 games in LF for the Rockies last year and he had 0 errors and 2 assists while showing off poor range there.

Eric Young and Tyler Colvin could also get some P.T. in LF for the Rockies in 2012. Young played in 35 games in LF for the Rockies last year and he had 1 error and 0 assists while showing off awful range. Colvin played in 10 error-free games in LF for the Cubs last year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2012: A

3B is wide open for the Colorado Rockies this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 10 March 2012 at 4:20 pm

38-year old righty swinging Casey Blake likely has the edge for the starting 3B job heading into spring training. Blake played in 63 games for the Dodgers last year and he was 51 of 202 (.252 avg, .713 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 4 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 1,265 games in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 1,186 of 4,500 (.264 avg, .778 OPS) with 644 runs scored, 167 homers, 616 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. Blake played in 45 games at 3B last year for the Dodgers and he had 6 errors while showing below average range.

26-year old righty swinging Jordan Pacheco will likely challenge Blake this spring. He comes into this season as the Rockies’ #17 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 21 games for the Rockies last year and he was 24 of 84 (.286 avg, .687 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. He also played in 97 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 101 of 363 (.278 avg, .721 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 3 homers, 50 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He had 2 errors in 7 games at 3B last year for the Rockies while showing outstanding range.

23-year old righty swinging D.J. LeMahieu comes into this year as the Rockies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. LaMahieu played in 37 games for the Cubs last year and he was 15 of 60 (.250 avg, .546 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. He also played in 108 games in AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 132 of 414 (.319 avg, .777 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 5 homers, 50 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He had 4 errors in 11 games at 3B for the Cubs last year while showing good range. He could also win the starting 3B for the Rockies with a big spring.

27-year old righty swinging Brandon Wood played in 105 games for the Dodgers & Pirates last year and he was 54 of 250 (.216 avg, .610 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 7 homers and 31 RBIs. Wood has now played in 272 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 130 of 700 (.186 avg, .513 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 18 homers, 64 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Wood has whiffed an amazingly awful 218 times while only walking 32 times so far in this career, as he is a hacker at the plate. Wood played in 61 games at 3B last year and he only had 3 errors there while showing good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2012: C-

Troy Tulowitzki is primed for another MVP run in 2012 for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Thursday 8 March 2012 at 10:14 pm

27-year old righty swinging Troy Tulowitzki is probably the best all-around shortstop in all of baseball. He played in 143 games for the Rockies last year and he was 162 of 537 (.302 avg, .916 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 697 games in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 770 of 2,632 (.293 avg, .869 OPS) with 438 runs scored, 122 homers, 443 RBIs and 51 stolen bases. Tulowitzki only had 6 errors in 140 games at SS for the Rockies last year while showing out of this world range. Look for Tulowitzki to be in the running for the N.L. MVP Award in 2012 as long as he can stay healthy.

25-year old righty swinging Thomas Field comes into this season as the Rockies’ #27 prospect according to Baseball America. Field played in 16 games for the Rockies last year and he was 13 of 48 (.271 avg, .585 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. He also played in 134 games in AA-ball last year and he was 128 of 472 (.271 avg, .795 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Field only had 1 error in 15 games at SS for the Rockies last year while showing out of this world range. Field is with the wrong organization at the wrong time with Troy Tulowitzki in front of him.

31-year old righty swinging Brendan Harris will try to work his way back to the show in 2012 with the Rockies. He played in 136 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 116 of 516 (.225 avg, .613 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 10 homers, 50 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Harris last played in the majors back in 2010 with the Twins. He has now played in 485 games in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 412 of 1,587 (.260 avg, .701 OPS) with 194 runs scored, 29 homers, 158 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2012: A+++++++++++++++++

The Colorado Rockies are hoping for solid work out of Marco Scutaro in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Thursday 8 March 2012 at 10:05 pm

The Rockies dealt for 36-year old righty swinging Marco Scutaro with the idea of making him their starting 2B in 2012. Scutaro played in 113 games for the Red Sox last year and he was 118 of 395 (.299 avg, .781 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 7 homers, 54 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,103 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,019 of 3,768 (.270 avg, .727 OPS) with 538 runs scored, 68 homers, 404 RBIs and 44 stolen bases. Scutaro only played in 2 games at 2B for the Red Sox last year and he made 1 error there. He also played in 109 games at SS last year for the Red Sox and he made 12 errors while showing poor range there. The Rockies are hoping that Scutaro will be solid with the bat and average defensively in 2012 at 2B.

27-year old switch-hitting Jonathan Herrera played in 104 games for the Rockies last year and he was 68 of 281 (.242 avg, .612 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 3 homers, 14 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 208 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 145 of 564 (.257 avg, .639 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 4 homers, 38 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Herrera had only 2 errors in 62 games at 2B for the Rockies last year while showing awful range. He is going to have to fight to make the Rockies’ roster this spring.

26-year old righty swinging Chris Nelson played in 63 games for the Rockies last year and he was 45 of 180 (.250 avg, .664 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 4 homers, 16 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 80 games in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 52 of 205 (.254 avg, .659 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 4 homers, 16 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Nelson had 3 errors in 29 games at 2B for the Rockies last year while showing awful range.

23-year old righty swinging D.J. LeMahieu played in 15 error-free games at 2B for the Cubs last year while showing awful range. He is a natural 3B, but he can handle 2B defensively.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2012: C+

The Colorado Rockies are going with the old timers at 1B in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 28 February 2012 at 6:22 pm

38-year old lefty swinging Todd Helton will be the starter at 1B for as long as his bad back allows him to. Helton played in 124 games for the Rockies last year and he was 127 of 421 (.302 avg, .850 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 14 homers and 69 RBIs. He has now played in 2,054 games in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 2,363 of 7,325 (.323 avg, .971 OPS) with 1,329 runs scored, 347 homers, 1,308 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. Helton only made 3 errors in 119 games at 1B for the Rockies last year, so he’s still a solid defender.

41-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi will back up Todd Helton at 1B once again in 2012. Giambi played in 64 games for the Rockies last year and he was 34 for 131 (.260 avg, .958 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 13 homers and 32 RBIs. He has now played in 170 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 84 for 331 (.254 avg, .868 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 21 homers, 78 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Giambi has now played in 2,103 games in his first 17 years in the majors and he is 1,948 for 6,932 (.281 avg, .929 OPS) with 1,196 runs scored, 428 homers, 1,397 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Giambi can still rake. He only made 1 error in 23 games at 1B for the Rockies last year, but he has the range of a statue.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2012: B-

The Colorado Rockies will have a new look behind the plate in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 26 February 2012 at 11:13 am

35-year old righty swinging Ramon Hernandez is going to take over behind the plate in 2012 for the Rockies. Hernandez played in 91 games for the Reds last year and he was 84 for 298 (.282 avg, .788 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 12 homers and 36 RBIs. He has now played in 1,457 games in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 1,295 of 4,873 (.266 avg, .749 OPS) with 560 runs scored, 161 homers, 723 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Hernandez only had 1 error and 3 passed balls in 82 games behind the plate for the Reds last year. He also threw out 18 of 62 (29%) base stealers and Reds’ pitchers had a 4.24 ERA with him behind the dish. Hernandez is a solid all-around catcher and he should help the Rockies in 2012.

23-year old righty swinging Wilin Rosario comes into this season as the Rockies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. Rosario played in 16 games for the Rockies in his first taste of the majors and he was 11 for 54 (.204 avg, .691 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. Rosario didn’t show much patience at the plate as he whiffed 20 times and walked only twice for the Rockies last year. Rosario also played in 102 games in AA-ball last year and he was 101 of 405 (.249 avg, .741 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 21 homers, 48 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Rosario had 1 error and 3 passed balls in 14 games behind the plate for the Rockies last year. He also threw out a stunning 5 of 8 (62.5%) base stealers and Rockies’ pitchers had a 4.83 ERA with him behind the plate. If Rosario is deemed ready this spring, he will back up Hernandez in 2012. If he’s not ready, he will start the season in AAA-ball.

34-year old righty swinging Wil Nieves will battle Rosario for the backup job this spring. Nieves played in 20 games for the Brewers last year and he was 7 for 50 (.140 avg, .369 OPS) with 2 runs scored. He has now played in 282 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 166 of 751 (.221 avg, .557 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 5 homers, 73 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Nieves played in 17 games behind the plate for the Brewers last year and he had 1 error and 1 passed ball. He threw out 2 of 10 (20%) base stealers and Brewers’ pitchers had a 3.84 ERA with him behind the dish.

32-year old righty swinging Steve Holm played in 6 games for the Twins last year and he was 2 for 17 (.118 avg, .343 OPS) with 1 run scored. He has now played in 59 games in his first 3 years in the majors and he is 26 for 108 (.241 avg, .697 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. Holm didn’t have any errors or passed balls in 6 games with the Twins last year. He didn’t throw out any of the 5 base stealers that took him on last year. Twins’ pitchers had a 5.44 ERA with him behind the plate last year. Holm is likely to start the 2012 season in AAA-ball.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2012: B

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