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The Colorado Rockies will have a new look at 2B in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 18 February 2011 at 1:46 pm

The Colorado Rockies will have a fresh new look at 2B in 2011. They signed 27-year old righty swinging Jose Lopez over the winter to take over as the starting 2B in 2011. Lopez played in 150 games for the Mariners last season and he was 142 of 593 (.239 avg, .609 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 10 homers, 58 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He’s a better hitter than he showed last season as he is a .266 career hitter (.697 OPS) in his first 873 games of his major league career. Lopez has good power for a middle infielder as he has reached double figures in homers 5 years in a row. He will likely see a boost in production playing half of his games at Coors Field. Lopez is a natural 2B but the Mariners moved him to 3B in 2010. He had 18 errors in 142 games at 3B last season while showing outstanding range. The Rockies would likely be happy with Lopez if he played average defense at 2B in 2011.

33-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton can handle 2B whenever Lopez needs a day off. Wigginton played in 40 games at 2B for the Orioles last season in which he made 6 errors while showing good range. Like Lopez, Wigginton has a lot of power for a middle infielder.

26-year old switch hitting Jonathan Herrera is likely #3 in line for P.T. at 2B for the Rockies in 2011. Herrera played in 76 games for the Rockies last season and he was 63 of 222 (.284 avg, .694 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Herrera is a good contact hitter with very little power, so the Rockies probably wouldn’t feel too comfortable playing him for long stretches. Herrera made 4 errors in 57 games at 2B for the Rockies last season while showing excellent range. He’s a hard nosed kind of player that will help the Rockies off the bench if given the chance.

27-year old lefty swinging Tug Hulett had a pretty stinky year in AAA last season. He played in 105 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 78 for 350 (.223 avg, .710 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 7 homers, 41 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Hulett made only 3 errors in 53 games at 2B last season so he’s not too bad with a mitt on his hands. Hulett will have to hit in the minors at the start of 2011 for the Rockies to even consider giving him a chance in the majors.

28-year old righty swinging Matt Macri played in 98 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 85 of 338 (.251 avg, .727 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 9 homers, 36 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He made 4 errors in 34 games at 2B in the minors, so he’ll need to tighten up his defense if he wants to get back to the show.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES 2B IN 2011: C+

The Colorado Rockies might wind up platooning at 1B in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 8 February 2011 at 12:29 pm

37-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton is on the downside of his career. His back always seems to be barking as his power is gone. He played in 118 games for the Rockies last season and he was 102 of 398 (.256 avg, .728 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers and 37 RBIs. In Helton’s last three seasons, he has only averaged 55.3 runs scored, 10.0 homers and 50.7 RBIs per year and that’s just not going to get the job done. Helton had 8 errors in 118 games at 1B last season as he has started to hurt his team in the field too. I could see Helton platooning with righty swinging Ty Wigginton at 1B in 2011 or he could get beat out by him for the starting job outright.

33-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton played in 154 games for the Orioles last season and he was 144 of 581 (.248 avg, .727 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 22 homers and 76 RBIs. Wigginton still has a lot of juice in his bat so he could beat out Helton completely and take over as the Rockies’ starting 1B in 2011 with a big spring. Wigginton is not a natural 1B as he had 10 errors in 99 games at first base for the O’s last season. Wigginton does have a lot of versatility so he’s going to likely get 500 ABs in 2011 for the Rockies even if he’s platooning at 1B.

40-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi is back to provide some thump off the bench. Giambi played in 87 games for the Rockies last season in which he was 43 of 176 (.244 avg, .776 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers, 35 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He still has a good eye as he walked 35 times while whiffing 47 times last year. Giambi had 4 errors in 37 games at 1B for the Rockies last season and he looks like a statue over there. Giambi still has enough left to help the Rockies off the bench in 2011.

30-year old lefty swinging Mike Jacobs will also challenge for a job in 2011. He played in 120 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 128 of 469 (.273 avg, .817 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 21 homers, 91 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Jacobs also played in 7 games for the Mets last season and he was 5 of 24 (.208 avg, .671 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Jacobs whacked 32 homers and he knocked in 93 runs as recently as 2008 with the Marlins, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see him play well for the Rockies in 2011. Jacobs had 1 error in 7 games for the Mets at 1B last season and like Giambi, he’s a statue.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES 1B IN 2011: C

The Colorado Rockies are hoping for improvement behind the plate

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 4 February 2011 at 12:00 am

With Miguel Olivo off to the Mariners, 27-year old righty swinging Chris Iannetta goes into spring training as the Rockies’ #1 catcher. The Rockies are hoping that Iannetta finally steps up and embraces the role of being the main man behind the plate. Iannetta played in 61 games for the Rockies last season and he was 37 of 188 (.197 avg, .701 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 9 homers, 27 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has the potential to drill 20-25 homers if he keeps focused and motivated. He had 6 errors and 5 passed balls in only 52 games behind the plate for the Rockies last season and that’s pathetic. He only threw out 6 of 45 (13.3%) runners trying to steal against him last season and Rockies’ pitchers had a 4.63 ERA with him behind the plate. Iannetta will need to improve both offensively and defensively if he wants to keep the starting job for all of the 2011 season.

27-year old switch hitting Jose Morales will try to work his way into a timeshare with Iannetta in 2011. He played in 19 games for the Twins last season and he was 7 of 36 (.194 avg, .545 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 7 RBIs. But, he has played in 74 games in parts of three years in the show and he has a career average of .297 with a .725 OPS. I expect that he will hit for a high average in 2011. He didn’t have any passed balls or errors in 11 games behind the plate for the Twins last season. He threw out 1 of 6 (16.7%) runners trying to steal on him last season but Twins’ pitchers had a 6.44 ERA with him behind the plate.

34-year old righty swinging Chad Moeller will also be on hand to compete for a roster spot in spring training. Moeller played in 9 games for the Yankees last season and he was 3 of 14 (.214 avg, .695 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Moeller isn’t much of a hitter as he has a career average of .226 with a .640 OPS in 501 games in the show. Moeller had 2 passed balls and he was 0 of 6 throwing out runners for the Yankees in 9 games behind the plate. But, Yankees’ pitchers had a 3.38 ERA with Moeller behind the dish. Moeller will likely start the year in AAA but he will join the Rockies at some point in 2011.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROCKIES CATCHERS IN 2011: D+

Jim Tracy is back to lead the way for the Colorado Rockies in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 29 March 2010 at 11:34 am

It will be interesting to see what manager Jim Tracy does for an encore in 2010. After all he won the N.L. Manager of the Year Award last season after leading the Rockies to a 74-42 (63.8%) record. Tracy has a career record of 636-614 (50.9%) in his 8 years as a major league manager. Tracy is going to have even more weapons to use with Jeff Francis and Taylor Buchholz back from injury.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE MANAGER IN 2010: A

The Colorado Rockies will have a impressive bullpen in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 29 March 2010 at 11:30 am

The Rockies have a talented bullpen that’s got good righty/lefty balance. 26-year old righty Huston Street came over a couple of winters ago in the Matt Holliday trade with the A’s and he was solid in his first year with the Rockies. Street pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season in which he was 4-1 with 35 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Street only gave up 43 hits in 61 2/3 innings last season while whiffing 70 batters showing how well he pitched. Street has now pitched in 311 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 25-13 with 129 saves, a 2.91 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Street will likely miss the first couple of weeks of the 2010 season due to injury but he will be effective when he gets healthy.

34-year old righty Rafael Betancourt really pitched well for the Rockies last season after coming over from the Tribe. He pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 3-1 with 1 save, a 1.78 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Overall with the Indians & Rockies last season Betancourt pitched in 61 games (0 starts) in which he was 4-3 with 2 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He only gave up 42 hits in 56 innings last season while whiffing 61 batters showing how nasty he can be. Even with Street out of action for a couple of weeks, Betancourt will serve as the Rockies’ top set-up man.

24-year old lefty Franklin Morales will be the closer until Huston Street is ready to return to action. Morales pitched in 40 games (2 starts) in which he was 3-2 with 7 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He whiffed 41 batters in only 40 innings so he has really good stuff but he walked 23 batters and he needs to cut down on that total in 2010.

28-year old righty Taylor Buchholz missed all of last season but he is back for 2010. Buchholz pitched in 63 games (0 starts) in 2008 for the Rockies and he was 6-6 with 1 save, a 2.17 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. Buchholz only gave up 45 hits in 66 1/3 innings in 2008 for the Rockies, so if he is healthy he will help them in 2010.

32-year old lefty Joe Beimel will be the #2 lefty for the Rockies in 2010. He pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Overall with the Nationals & Rockies, Beimel pitched in 71 games (0 starts) last season in which he was 1-6 with 1 save, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

27-year old righty Manny Corpas used to be the closer for the Rockies but he has fallen on hard times. He pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 1-3 with 1 save, a 5.88 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. In his four years for the Rockies, Corpas has pitched in 224 games (0 starts) in which he was 9-11 with 24 saves, a 3.74 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. If Corpas doesn’t rebound in 2010 he won’t likely be with them much longer.

36-year old righty Justin Speier was a decent pitcher not too long ago so the Rockies will give him a chance to revive his career. Speier pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the Angels last season in which he was 4-2 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He’s better than that.

34-year old lefty Randy Flores will be the Rockies’ #3 lefty if he makes the team. Flores pitched in 27 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Even if Flores does make the staff it would likely be as nothing more than a situational lefty.

31-year old righty Juan Rincon is back for 2010 despite looking awful for the Rockies last year. Rincon pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 3-2 with a 7.52 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He pitched in 33 games (0 starts) overall last season with the Rockies & Tigers in which he was 4-2 with a 6.87 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2010: B+

The Colorado Rockies sport a pretty good starting rotation for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 16 March 2010 at 1:55 pm

The Rockies rotation looks pretty solid despite the fact that they only have 1 starter (Aaron Cook-31) in the projected rotation over 30 years old. 26-year old righty Ubaldo Jimenez has the stuff to be a ace for the Rockies if he just tightens up his control a little bit. Jimenez started 33 games for the Rockies last season and he was 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He only allowed 183 hits in 218 innings while whiffing 198 batters which shows how nasty his stuff is. But, he walked 85 batters also last season and that sometimes got him into some trouble. I look for Jimenez to be the ace of the Rockies winning at least 17 games with 200+ strikeouts in 2010 if he stays healthy all year long.

31-year old righty Aaron Cook is the cagey veteran of the staff. He started 27 games for the Rockies last season and he was 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Cook is the kind of pitcher who will likely win 13-15 games and give the Rockies a lot of innings if he can stay healthy. Stuff-wise, Cook would likely be the Rockies’ #5 starter but he definitely knows how to pitch which moves him up in the pecking order.

28-year old Jorge De La Rosa had a true breakout year in 2009. He pitched in 33 games (32 starts) for the Rockies last season in which he was 16-9 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. De La Rosa only gave up 172 hits in 185 innings for the Rockies last season and he whiffed 193 batters showing what kind of stuff he has. But, he walked 83 batters which usually got him into a lot of trouble. If he fixes his control problems the sky is the limit for the lefty with the electric stuff.

29-year old Jeff Francis missed all of last season due to injury. He has pitched in 130 games (all starts) in his five years with the Rockies and he is 51-44 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. If Francis can stay healthy the Rockies will be even better in 2010 as he was just coming into his own when he got injured. Having a healthy Jeff Francis will give the Rockies a nice lefty/righty balance in the starting rotation.

27-year old righty Jason Hammel was a solid starting pitcher for the Rockies last season. Hammel pitched in 34 games (30 starts) for the Rockies last season and he was 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Hammel will be one of the best #5 starters in the National League in 2010 as the Rockies have great depth in the starting rotation.

22-year old righty Jhoulys Chacin is the Rockies’ #4 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He will likely be the first pitcher called up in the Rockies’ need a starting pitcher unless he makes the bullpen out of spring training. Chacin pitched in 9 games (1 start) for the Rockies last season and he was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Chacin pitched in 22 games (all starts) in AA+AAA ball last season in which he was 9-8 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. In his four years in the minors this season he has worked in 78 games (77 starts) in which he is 37-17 with a 2.47 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Chacin doesn’t have much left to show in the minors so he will be with the Rockies in some capacity at some point in 2010.

32-year old righty Tim Redding will likely be the long man in the bullpen but he could win a job in the starting rotation if needed. Redding pitched in 30 games (17 starts) for the Mets last season in which he was 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. The Rockies have a lot of depth for the starting rotation in 2010 with Redding in the fold.

26-year old lefty Greg Smith had a terrible first year with the Rockies but he still has potential. He pitched in 11 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA ball last season in which he was 2-3 with a 6.57 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Smith pitched with the A’s in 2008 as a rookie in which he worked in 32 games (all starts) in which he was 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP so there still is hope for him.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2010: B+

Brad Hawpe will anchor RF again for the Colorado Rockies in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 28 February 2010 at 10:12 pm

30-year old righty swinging Brad Hawpe will be the starting RF once again in 2010 for the Rockies. Hawpe played in 145 games for the Rockies last season and he was 143 of 501 (.285 avg, .903 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 23 homers and 86 RBIs. Expect Hawpe to at least put up the same numbers as he did in 2009 for the Rockies in 2010. He made 5 errors in 141 games in RF for the Rockies last season while showing poor range. He only had 4 assists in RF which is not too many.

30-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs will likely be Hawpe’s replacement late in games for defensive purposes. He played in 37 games in RF for the Rockies last season and he only made 1 error while showing poor range. He only had 1 assist in RF last season so he doesn’t really have the arm for the position.

27-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith could get some time in RF this season even though he didn’t play there at all in 2009.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2010: C+

The Colorado Rockies have a lot of talent in CF for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 28 February 2010 at 10:02 pm

The Rockies hope that 23-year old switch hitting Dexter Fowler grabs the full time gig in CF for them in 2010. Fowler played in 135 games for the Rockies last season and he was 115 of 433 (.266 avg, .770 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Fowler definitely had the speed to steal 40+ bases in a season if he can hit enough. Fowler played in 127 games in CF for the Rockies last season and he made 4 errors while showing poor range. Fowler does have a good throwing arm as he had 5 assists in CF last year. With his speed, the Rockies expect Fowler to improve on defense in 2010.

30-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs played in 133 games for the Rockies last season and he was 85 of 352 (.241 avg, .705 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 8 homers, 48 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. The Rockies expect Spilborghs to rebound with the bat in 2010 as he has a career batting average of .281 with a .793 OPS in 387 games in the show. Spilborghs made 2 errors in 16 games in CF for the Rockies last season while showing slightly below average range. He did have 2 assists in CF so he has a strong arm.

24-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez will likely be the Rockies’ starting LF in 2010. He played in 43 games in CF for the Rockies last seaosn and he made 2 errors there while showing below average range. Gonzalez had 3 assists in CF for the Rockies last season showing a decent throwing arm.

24-year old switch hitting Eric Young could also get some P.T. in CF for the Rockies in 2010. He played in 5 games in CF last season for the Rockies and he didn’t make any errors while showing poor range. Look for Young to improve in CF defensively because of his speed.

PROJECTED GRADE IN CF FOR 2010: B-

The Colorado Rockies are set up well in LF for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 28 February 2010 at 9:49 pm

It appears as if 24-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez will be the starter in LF for the Rockies in 2010. Gonzalez played in 89 games for the Rockies last season and he was 79 of 278 (.284 avg, .878 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 13 homers, 29 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. The Rockies think that Gonzalez could develop into a 30/30 man as early as 2010 for them. Gonzalez didn’t make any errors in 47 games in LF last season while showing good range. He had 2 assists from LF last season as he has a decent throwing arm.

27-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith got a lot of action in LF last season for the Rockies. Smith played in 133 games for the Rockies last year and he was 98 of 335 (.293 avg, .889 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Smith only made 1 error in 86 games in LF last season while showing slightly above average range. He does have a good throwing arm as he had 4 assists in LF last season.

30-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilborghs can also handle LF. He played in 65 games in LF for the Rockies last season and he only made 1 error while showing slightly above average range there. He also had 5 assists in LF last season for the Rockies so he has a good throwing arm. He can also play CF and RF which makes him very valuable to the Rockies.

38-year old righty swinging Melvin Mora could get some P.T. in LF for the Rockies in 2010. He hasn’t played in LF in a long time and he’s getting up there in age so it’s doubtful that he would even be a average defender in LF in 2010.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2010: B

Ian Stewart is getting his big chance with the Colorado Rockies in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 21 February 2010 at 4:15 pm

24-year old lefty swinging Ian Stewart enters spring training as the Rockies’ starting 3B. He played in 147 games for the Rockies last season and he was 97 for 425 (.228 avg, .786 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 25 homers, 70 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. But, for him to have the starting job all to himself he will have to cut down on his whiffs (138 last year) and he will have to improve against lefty pitching as he only hit .178 against them (.664 OPS) in 101 at bats against them. Stewart made 7 errors in 121 games at 3B last season while showing below average range.

The Rockies signed 38-year old righty swinging Melvin Mora over the winter to play all over the place but he is a natural 3B. If Stewart continues to have issues with lefty pitching I can see Mora working into a platoon with him. Mora played in 125 games for the Orioles last season and he was 117 for 450 (.260 avg, .679 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 8 homers, 48 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Mora is a better hitter than he showed last season as he has a career batting average of .278 with a .788 OPS. Mora made 11 errors in 124 games at 3B last season while showing outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: B-

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