The Colorado Rockies are in great shape at SS for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 21 February 2010 at 4:04 pm

25-year old righty swinging Troy Tulowitzki is coming off the best season of his career and the Rockies expect him to keep up the good work in 2010. Tulowitzki played in 151 games for the Rockies last season and he was 161 for 543 (.297 avg, .929 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 32 homers, 92 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. I look for Tulowitzki to make a run for the MVP Award in the N.L. this season if he can just remain healthy in 2010. Tulowitzki is also a very good defensive shortstop as he made only 9 errors in 151 games there while showing good range.

28-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla will likely backup Tulo at SS in 2010. He played in 13 games at SS for the Rockies last season and he only made 1 error while showing out of this world range.

30-year old righty swinging Clint Barmes would probably slide over to SS from 2B if Tulowitzki got injured. He played in 16 games at SS for the Rockies last season making only 1 error and showing outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2010: A

The Colorado Rockies will have the same look at 2B in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 8 February 2010 at 2:33 pm

The Rockies talked to some free agent 2B this winter before deciding to stay with 30-year old righty swinging Clint Barmes as the starter. He played in 154 games for the Rockies last season and he was 135 for 550 (.245 avg, .734 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 23 homers, 76 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Barmes has a lot of punch in his bat for a 2B and the Rockies love that. He is a converted shortstop so he has excellent range at 2B. He made 12 errors there in 139 games for the Rockies last season. Look for him to have a solid 2010 for the Rockies.

28-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla will have to battle Eric Young if he wants to backup Barmes this season. He played in 58 games for the Rockies last season and he was 10 for 58 (.172 avg, .480 OPS) with 7 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Quintanilla has never been much of a hitter as his career norms are a .220 batting average with a .567 OPS. Quintanilla only made 1 error in 25 games at 2B for the Rockies last season while showing out of this world range.

24-year old switch hitting Eric Young is a player on the rise in the Rockies’ minor league system. He played in 30 games for the Rockies last season and he was 14 for 57 (.246 avg, .611 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 4 stolen bases. Young has amazing speed as he has stole 302 bases in his six years in the minors (50.3 avg. per year). Young also played in 119 games in AAA last season and he was 141 for 472 (.299 avg, .817 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 7 homers, 43 RBIs and 57 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: B

The Colorado Rockies are set at 1B for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 30 January 2010 at 11:24 am

36-year old lefty swinging Todd Helton will be the starting 1B for the Rockies again in 2010. They hope his backs holds up because his bat returned last season. He played in 151 games for the Rockies last season and he was 177 for 544 (.325 avg, .905 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 15 homers and 86 RBIs. Helton appears to have lost some of the power from his swing but he is still a huge asset for the Rockies. He is still a good defensive player too as he only made 3 errors in 149 games at 1B for the Rockies last season.

39-year old lefty swinging Jason Giambi will be Helton’s back-up and a often used pinch-hitter in 2010. Giambi played in 19 games for the Rockies last season and he was 7 for 24 (.292 avg, 1.035 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 11 RBIs. Overall, though his 2009 season wasn’t that great. He played in 102 games with the Rockies & A’s last season and he was 59 for 293 (.201 avg, .725 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 13 homers and 51 RBIs. I think Giambi will be a asset for the Rockies off the bench in 2010.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2010: A-

The Colorado Rockies appear deep at catcher for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 23 January 2010 at 11:35 am

26-year old righty swinging Chris Iannetta likes to think that he will be the starting catcher in 2010 for the Rockies but he will have to beat out Miguel Olivo for that job. Iannetta played in 93 games for the Rockies last season and he was 66 for 289 (.228 avg, .804 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 16 homers and 52 RBIs. If he doesn’t hit better this season I just don’t see him playing more than 81 games in 2010 for the Rockies. He made 5 errors and had 2 passed balls in 89 games behind the plate for the Rockies last season. Iannetta also threw out 23% of the runners trying to steal against him last year and Rockies’ pitchers had a 4.21 ERA with him behind the plate.

31-year old righty swinging Miguel Olivo has his eyes on beating out Chris Iannetta this spring for the starting job behind the plate. Olivo played in 114 games for the Royals last season and he was 97 for 390 (.249 avg, .782 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 23 homers, 65 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Olivo is a hacker however as he whiffed 126 times last season so it might be hard for him to maintain a average like he had last season. Olivo does have issues behind the plate as he made 8 errors and had 10 passed balls in 103 games behind the plate last year. But, he also threw out 24% of the runners trying to steal on him last season and Royals’ pitchers had a 4.49 ERA with him behind the plate which was pretty darn good when you consider the pitching staff he was working with.

32-year old righty swinging Paul Phillips will likely start the year in AAA and get a call if the need arises for the Rockies. He played in 17 games for the Rockies last season and he was 14 for 45 (.311 avg, .818 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. Phillips had 1 error and 2 passed balls in 111 1/3 innings behind the plate for the Rockies last season. He only threw out 1 of 17 (6%) base runners trying to steal on him last season but pitchers had a 4.12 ERA with him behind the plate. It’s always great to have a solid vet like Phillips in the minors waiting for a call because he can also help out the pitchers in AAA who are getting ready to pitch for the Rockies.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2010: B-

Clint Hurdle has to be on the hot seat in 2009 for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 5 April 2009 at 2:23 pm

Sure, Clint Hurdle led the Rockies to the N.L. Pennant in 2007 but that seems like a long time ago after last season. Hurdle led the Rockies to a 74-88 record (45.7%) and a third place finish in the N.L. West. He has now been the manager of the Rockies for 7 seasons compiling a 516-597 (46.4%) record with a average division finish of 3.7. The Rockies likely won’t tolerate another poor season under Hurdle’s direction.

Brad Hawpe will provide pop in RF for the Colorado Rockies in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 5 April 2009 at 2:20 pm

29-year old lefty swinging Brad Hawpe will be the starting RF again for the Rockies in 2009. He played in 138 games for the Rockies last year and he was 138 for 488 (.283 avg, .879 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 25 homers and 85 RBIs. Hawpe has potential to put up better numbers than that in 2009. He is not a good defensive player as he made 9 errors in 133 games in RF last year while showing poor range. Hawpe does have a strong arm as he had 9 assists from RF last year.

27-year old righty swinging Matt Murton will back up Hawpe in 2009. Murton played in 28 games for the A’s and Cubs last season and he was 13 for 70 (.186 avg, .448 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 8 RBIs. Murton has now played in 317 games in his major league career and he has a batting average of .288 with a .792 OPS. He is a average defensive player.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B

Ryan Spilboroghs gets his big chance in 2009 for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 5 April 2009 at 2:15 pm

29-year old righty swinging Ryan Spilboroghs has waited a long time to be an everyday player but his time appears to be ready to take over in CF for the Rockies. Spilboroghs played in 89 games for the Rockies in 2008 and he was 73 for 233 (.313 avg, .875 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 6 homers, 36 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He didn’t make any errors in 17 games in CF last season for the Rockies while showing poor range. Spilboroghs will also be the leadoff hitter for the Rockies and the expectation is that he will play well for them in 2009.

23-year old lefty swinging Carlos Gonzalez was one of the players the Rockies received for Matt Holliday. He played in 85 games for the A’s last year and he was 73 for 302 (.242 avg, .633 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 4 homers, 26 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He only made 2 errors in 69 games in CF for the A’s last season while showing outstanding range. He has a really nice upside for the future.

23-year old switch hitting Dexter Fowler is the #1 rated prospect in the Rockies’ organization according to Baseball America. He played in 13 games for the Rockies last season and he was 4 for 26 (.154 avg, .339 OPS) with 3 runs scored. Fowler also played in 108 games in AA-ball last year and he was 141 for 421 (.335 avg, .946 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 9 homers, 64 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He didn’t make any errors in 9 games in CF with the Rockies last season while showing poor range. Like Gonzalez, Fowler has a big time upside.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B

The kids will get a chance in LF for the Colorado Rockies in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 5 April 2009 at 2:09 pm

Either 26-year old lefty swinging Seth Smith or 24-year old lefty swinging Ian Stewart will get the chance to replace the departed Matt Holliday. Smith played in 67 games for the Rockies last season and he was 28 for 108 (.259 avg, .785 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBIs. Smith got some huge pinch hits during the Rockies’ run to the World Series in 2007 and it’s likely that Clint Hurdle has not forgotten that. Smith didn’t make any errors in 8 games in LF last season while showing outstanding range.

Ian Stewart is a 3B by trade but the Rockies want to get his bat into the lineup somewhere. He played in 81 games for the Rockies last year and he was 69 for 266 (.259 avg, .804 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 10 homers and 41 RBIs. It’s expected that Stewart would be about an average defensive LF.

33-year old lefty swinging Scott Podsednik offers the Rockies a lot of speed off the bench. He played in 93 games for the Rockies last year and he was 41 for 162 (.253 avg, .655 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 1 homer, 15 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He didn’t make any errors in LF in 10 games there for the Rockies last season while showing average range.

27-year old Matt Murton could also get some P.T. in LF for the Rockies this season. He played in 17 games in LF for the Cubs and A’s last season without making an error and showing good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: D+

The Colorado Rockies are in great shape at 3B for 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 10:19 pm

29-year old righty swinging 3B Garrett Atkins will be the starting 3B for the Rockies again in 2009. He played in 155 games for the Rockies last season and he was 175 for 611 (.286 avg, .780 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 21 homers and 99 RBIs. Atkins made 9 errors in 94 games at 3B last season for the Rockies while showing good range. He could shift over to 1B if Todd Helton has more problems with his back in 2009.

Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes and Jeff Baker could get some P.T. at 3B in 2009. Stewart played in 65 games at 3B last season for the Rockies and he made 10 errors while showing good range. Barmes played in 13 games for the Rockies at 3B while making one error and showing poor range. He is a natural shortstop. Baker played 9 error-free games at 3B last season for the Rockies while showing outstanding range. All three of these guys are pretty good hitters leaving the Rockies in great shape at the hot corner for 2009.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B+

The Colorado Rockies need to get a full season out of Troy Tulowitzki in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 14 March 2009 at 4:54 pm

24-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a bad year in 2008 for the Rockies. He played in 101 games for the Rockies last season and he was 99 for 377 (.263 avg, .733 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers and 46 RBIs. He didn’t let his problems at the plate follow him into the field however as he only made 8 errors in 101 games at shortstop last season while showing out of this world range. The Rockies are hoping for another year like 2007 out of Tulowitzki in which he played in 155 games for the Rockies and he was 177 for 609 (.291 avg, .838 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 24 homers, 99 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.

Clint Barmes played in 36 games at shortstop last season for the Rockies and he made only 3 errors while showing outstanding range. He could easily fill in at shortstop for Tulowitzki and do a good job. But, he might also be the starting 2B for the Rockies in 2009. Omar Quintanilla could also fill in at shortstop if the need for the Rockies arised. He played in 39 games at shortstop for the Rockies last season and he made 3 errors while showing average range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A-

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