Tyler Matzek is off to a very slow start in the minors for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 5 May 2011 at 5:44 pm

20-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Matzek came into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. But, he’s off to a rough start in the minors this year. Matzek has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in A-ball so far this year and he is 0-2 with a 8.31 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP. He has walked a stunning 20 batters in only 17 1/3 innings so far this year and that’s the reasons for his struggles as he has only allowed 16 hits and whiffed 19 batters so far this year. Matzek has now pitched in 23 games (all starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. If Matzek tightens up his control quite a bit….he might get placed on the fast track to the Rockies. But, if he continues to struggle with his control, the Rockies will take it very slow with him.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Alan Johnson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 29 April 2011 at 8:44 pm

The Colorado Rockies have designated 27-year old righty starting pitcher Alan Johnson for assignment to make room on the roster for 33-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Alfredo Amezaga. Johnson started 1 game for the Rockies this year and he didn’t get the decision as he worked 4 innings in which he allowed 6 hits, 3 walks and 4 earned runs. Johnson also started 2 games (both starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Amezaga’s versatility is going to really help the Rockies’ bench. He has played in 17 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he was 24 of 66 (.364 avg, .939 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Amezaga last played in the majors back in 2009 with the Marlins. He has played in 544 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 334 of 1,331 (.251 avg, .652 OPS) with 167 runs scored, 12 homers, 106 RBIs and 49 stolen bases.

Matt Miller is inching closer to the majors for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 18 July 2010 at 9:31 pm

27-year old righty swinging outfielder Matt Miller is having a solid season in AAA. He has played in 86 games in AAA-ball this year and he is 114 of 336 (.339 avg, .886 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 8 homers and 56 RBIs. Miller could be a trade chip later this month or he could get called up by the Rockies if they move an outfielder in a trade before the deadline on July 31st. Either way it appears that Miller is working his way closer to the major leagues.

Tyler Matzek is off to a very quick start in the minors for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 2 July 2010 at 11:00 am

19-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Matzek was a first round pick of the Rockies in 2009. He was also considered the Rockies’ #1 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He is really off to a outstanding start in the minors for the Rockies. He has started 7 games in A-ball this season and he is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He has only given up 22 hits in 35 innings so far this season while whiffing 39 batters showing what kind of stuff he has. But he has walked 24 batters as his control will need to tighten up quite a bit before he eventually gets to Denver.

Jay Payton is swinging the bat well in AAA for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 3 June 2010 at 5:09 pm

37-year old righty swinging outfielder Jay Payton is playing well in AAA for the Rockies this year. He has played in 47 games this year in which he is 51 of 162 (.315 avg, .819 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 2 homers, 26 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Payton last played in the majors in 2008 with the Orioles. He has now played in 1,239 games in his major league career and he is 1,145 of 4,119 (.278 avg, .747 OPS) with 558 runs scored, 119 homers, 521 RBIs and 46 stolen bases. The Rockies are deep in the outfield but if Payton keeps hitting well he will likely get a call at some point this year to return to the show.

The Colorado Rockies lose Shane Lindsay on waivers to the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 14 May 2010 at 4:55 pm

The Rockies have lost 25-year old righty reliever/starter Shane Lindsay on waivers to the Yankees. Lindsay came into this season as the Rockies’ #23 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 14 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this season and he was 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA and a 2.34 WHIP. He walked a stunning 17 batters in 13 2/3 innings but he did whiff 19 batters. Still the Rockies have decided that they have seen enough of Lindsay. Lindsay pitched in 100 games (41 starts) in his six years in the minors with the Rockies and he was 18-13 with 1 save, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.

Christian Friedrich is on the fast track for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 13 May 2010 at 1:17 pm

22-year old lefty starting pitcher Christian Friedrich is the Rockies’ #2 rated prospect coming into this season according to Baseball America. He has started 3 games in AA-ball this season and he is 0-1 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. In his three years in the minors he has pitched in 36 games (all starts) in which he is 8-8 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He has whiffed 240 batters while only walking 62 in 183 2/3 career innings in the minors showing that he has both outstanding command and stuff. The Rockies have rebuilt the minor league system with a lot of imposing arms (Friedrich being one of them) which could help them sustain a lot of prolonged success in the near future.

The Colorado Rockies release Tim Redding

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 12 May 2010 at 9:47 pm

The Rockies have released 32-year old right starting pitcher Tim Redding. Redding started 5 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this season and he was 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. He was quickly snapped up by the Yankees on a minor league deal but the Rockies won’t miss Redding as they have a lot of younger pitchers in the system that they like much better than him.

The Colorado Rockies have a couple of relievers in AAA who are dominating right now

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 1 May 2010 at 2:16 pm

25-year old lefty Matt Reynolds and 26-year old righty Andrew Johnston have both been outstanding so far this season in AAA for the Rockies. Reynolds was the Rockies’ #25 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He has pitched in 9 games out of the pen this season and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. Reynolds has only allowed 7 hits in 11 2/3 innings while whiffing 15 batters showing just how dominating he has been. He also has not walked a batter yet this season. Johnston has pitched in 11 games out of the pen in AAA this year and he is 2-1 with a 0.75 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Look for Reynolds and Johnston to make their way to Denver if they keep pitching well and the Rockies have a need in the pen.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Al Alburquerque

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 29 April 2010 at 7:02 pm

The Rockies have designated 23-year old righty reliever Al Alburquerque for assignment. He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in AA-ball this season and he was 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP. In his two years in Colorado’s minor league system he pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in which he was 1-5 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Rockies needed Alburquerque’s roster spot for 33-year old righty swinging catcher Paul Phillips who has been promoted to the show.

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