D.J. LeMahieu is off to a great start in AAA-ball for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 April 2012 at 10:34 am

23-year old righty swinging infielder D.J. LeMahieu came into this season as the Rockies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. He was one of the last cuts for the Rockies in spring training. He is off to a good start in AAA-ball where he has played in 12 games in which he is 15 for 46 (.326 avg, .808 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. LaMahieu got his first shot at the show last year with the Cubs and he played in 37 games in which he was 15 for 60 (.250 avg, .545 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. LeMahieu is going to get a shot at 3B for the Rockies if Chris Nelson doesn’t start playing better.

The Colorado Rockies lose minor league outfielder Tim Wheeler for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 14 April 2012 at 12:47 pm

The Rockies’ AAA ballclub will be without 24-year old lefty swinging Tim Wheeler for the next month due to surgery to repair a broken right hand. Wheeler has played in 8 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies so far this year and he is 5 for 25 (.200 avg, .655 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. This is a bad break for Wheeler as he came into this season as the Rockies’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America. Wheeler has played in 343 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 363 of 1,369 (.265 avg, .793 OPS) with 242 runs scored, 50 homers, 188 RBIs and 54 stolen bases.

Seven rookies could help the Colorado Rockies in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 3 April 2012 at 12:17 pm

Seven rookies could help the Rockies at some point during the 2012 season. Here is a look at them:

Drew Pomeranz: 23-year old lefty starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz comes into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He also pitched in 20 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball last year for the Rockies & Indians in which he was 4-3 with a 1.78 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He only gave up 68 hits and 38 walks in 101 innings in the minors last year while whiffing 119 batters. Pomeranz could wind up winning the most games for the Rockies in 2012, as he is just that good.

Zach Putnam: 24-year old righty reliever Zach Putnam was the Indians’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America when the Rockies dealt Kevin Slowey for him. Putnam pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Indians last year and he was 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He also pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 6-3 with 9 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Putnam has now pitched in 122 games (15 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 16-8 with 14 saves, a 3.83 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Putnam could help the thin Rockies’ bullpen at some point in 2012.

Wilin Rosario: 23-year old righty swinging catcher Wilin Rosario comes into this season as the Rockies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. Rosario played in 16 games for the Rockies last year and he was 11 of 54 (.204 avg, .691 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. He 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 has now played in 395 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 392 of 1,469 (.267 avg, .765 OPS) with 198 runs scored, 61 homers, 216 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Rosario will back up Ramon Hernandez behind the plate in 2012 for the Rockies.

Charlie Blackmon: 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Charlie Blackmon comes into this season as the Rockies’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America. Blackmon played in 27 games for the Rockies last year and he was 25 of 98 (.255 avg, .753 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He 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. Blackmon has now played in 345 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 449 of 1,420 (.316 avg, .851 OPS) with 231 runs scored, 30 homers, 206 RBIs and 74 stolen bases. He could win a job off the bench at some point this year for the Rockies.

D.J. LeMahieu: 23-year old righty swinging infielder D.J. LeMahieu comes into this season as the Rockies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. LeMahieu played in 37 games for the Cubs last year and he was 15 for 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 has now played in 284 games in his first 3 years in the minors and he is 359 of 1,132 (.317 avg, .753 OPS) with 139 runs scored, 7 homers, 157 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. LeMahieu is a solid hitter and he’s versatile in the field, so he should be able to help the Rockies off the bench in 2012.

Jordan Pacheco: 26-year old righty swinging 3B/1B/C Jordan Pacheco 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. Pacheco has now played in 456 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 521 of 1,719 (.303 avg, .803 OPS) with 251 runs scored, 26 homers, 285 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. Pacheco could get his big shot at 3B this year for the Rockies.

Thomas Field: 25-year old righty swinging shortstop Thomas Field is 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 has now played in 403 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 376 of 1,398 (.269 avg, .796 OPS) with 327 runs scored, 39 homers, 197 RBIs and 43 stolen bases. Field is blocked at SS by Troy Tulowitzki, so he might need to learn a new position to get to the majors with the Rockies in 2012.

Joe Torres of the Colorado Rockies gets suspended for 50 games

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Tuesday 21 February 2012 at 6:55 pm

29-year old lefty reliever Joe Torres will miss the first 50 games of the 2012 season as he has failed a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. Torres pitched in 52 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 3-1 with 2 saves, a 2.24 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Torres has now pitched in 315 games (72 starts) in his first 11 years in the minors and he is 36-35 with 5 saves, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. This suspension might prevent Torres from ever getting to the majors despite pitching so well last year in the minors for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies DFA Ryan Rohlinger

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 25 August 2011 at 8:18 am

The Rockies have designated 27-year old righty swinging infielder Ryan Rohlinger for assignment. Rohlinger played in 61 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 61 for 211 (.289 avg, .849 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 4 homers and 30 RBIs. He has played in 94 games overall in AAA-ball this year for the Giants & Rockies and he was 82 for 332 (.247 avg, .767 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 9 homers, 46 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. This is no loss for the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies lose Drew Pomeranz for the year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 22 August 2011 at 10:01 am

22-year old lefty starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz will miss the rest of the year due to an emergency appendectomy. He was the key player the Rockies got in return for Ubaldo Jimenez. Pomeranz started 1 game in AA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was the winning pitcher as he worked the first 7 innings allowing only 2 hits, walking no one, whiffing 4 batters and giving up no runs. Pomeranz has pitched in 19 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball this year and he was 4-3 with a 1.84 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He only gave up 68 hits while whiffing 116 batters in his first 98 innings of his minor league career. The Rockies will take it slowly with Pomeranz because his future is very bright.

UPDATE: (9/6/2011) – The Rockies have called up Drew Pomeranz as he recovered quickly from his surgery.

Mark Ellis has been solid for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 15 August 2011 at 6:25 pm

34-year old righty swinging 2B Mark Ellis has played well since coming to the Rockies from the A’s in a deal. Ellis has played in 36 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 37 for 135 (.274 avg, .722 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 98 games overall this year for the Rockies & A’s and he is 84 for 352 (.239 avg, .612 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 4 homers, 29 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. The Rockies hope to bring Ellis back over the winter as he will become a free agent after the World Series.

Kent Matthes is on fire with the bat for the Colorado Rockies in the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 15 August 2011 at 5:28 pm

24-year old righty swinging outfielder Kent Matthes wasn’t one of the top prospects of the Rockies coming into this season. But, he’s starting to change that this year. Matthes has played in 93 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 124 for 371 (.334 avg, 1.020 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 23 homers, 95 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He has now played in 177 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 208 for 691 (.301 avg, .900 OPS) with 118 runs scored, 29 homers, 141 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. If Matthes keeps hitting like he is right now, the Rockies might put him on the fast track to the majors.

Tim Wheeler is having a breakthrough season in the minors for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 7 July 2011 at 6:32 pm

23-year old lefty swinging Tim Wheeler came into this season as the Rockies’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America, but he has to be moving up for next year’s rankings. Wheeler has played in 81 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 103 for 326 (.316 avg, .988 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 20 homers, 63 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Wheeler has now played in 278 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 300 for 1,119 (.271 avg, .800 OPS) with 199 runs scored, 37 homers, 161 RBIs and 46 stolen bases. Wheeler has to be catching the eyes of the Rockies’ brass as they likely have smiles on their faces.

The Colorado Rockies deal Josh Fields to the Nippon Ham Fighters

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 29 June 2011 at 5:06 pm

The Rockies have dealt 28-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Fields to the Nippon Ham Fighters. No idea who or what the Rockies will get for him. Fields played in 50 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he is 65 for 178 (.365 avg, 1.103 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 11 homers, 45 RBIs and 7 steals. Fields has played in 217 games in parts of five years in the majors and he is 167 for 713 (.234 avg, .724 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 34 homers, 107 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. With the emergence of Ty Wigginton at 3B, the Rockies decided that they had no need for Fields anymore so they essentially let him work out a deal with a team in Japan.

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