The Colorado Rockies have activated 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Gerardo Parra off of the D.L. Parra has played in 63 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 64 of 243 (.263 avg, .698 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 27 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Rockies signed Parra to a 3-year, $27.5 million dollar deal last winter to start for them along with Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon in the outfield. While Parra was on the D.L., the Rockies called up their #2 prospect coming into this year according to Baseball America, David Dahl. Dahl has played in 12 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 19 of 50 (.380 avg, 1.024 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs. Parra might become the highest paid #4 outfielder in all of baseball.
The Colorado Rockies have called up 28-year old switch-hitting infielder Rafael Ynoa to replace Trevor Story on the active roster. Ynoa played in 94 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 102 of 384 (.266 avg, .690 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 2 homers, 27 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has played in 91 games in parts of two years for the Rockies so far in his career and he is 56 of 194 (.289 avg, .695 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 0 homers, 22 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
UPDATE: (8/7/2016) – The Rockies have sent Rafael Ynoa back to AAA. Ynoa played in 3 games for the Rockies this time around and he was 0 for 5 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 2 whiffs.
The Colorado Rockies have placed 23-year old righty swinging SS Trevor Story on the 15-day disabled list due to a torn UCL in his left thumb. He is done for the season. This is a huge blow for the surging Rockies. Story played in 97 games in his rookie season for the Rockies and he was 101 of 372 (.272 avg, .909 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 27 homers, 72 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. At the time of his injury, Story was leading the National League with his 27 homers. He is also currently #5 in SLG (.567), #10 in OPS (.909), #6 in runs scored (67) and he is #5 in RBIs (72) in the National League right now. 29-year old lefty swinging Daniel Descalso and 25-year old Cristhian Adames will share SS for the Rockies the rest of the way in 2016. Descalso has played in 50 games so far this year for the Rockies and he is 33 of 103 (.320 avg, .855 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 2 homers, 21 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Adames has played in 73 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 21 of 113 (.186 avg, .552 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
24-year old lefty reliever Jerry Vasto is looking sharp in the minors so far in 2016 for the Colorado Rockies. Vasto has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Rockies this year and he is 3-2 with 11 saves, a 1.74 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has given up 27 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 57 batters in his first 41 1/3 innings in the minors this year…..and those are eye popping numbers! Vasto has now pitched in 86 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors for the Rockies and he is 5-6 with 14 saves, a 2.41 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He could be a fast riser for the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies have called up 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder David Dahl. Dahl came into this season as the Rockies’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. Dahl played in 92 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 110 of 350 (.314 avg) with 70 runs scored, 18 homers, 61 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Dahl played in 367 games in his five years in the minors for the Rockies and he was 463 of 1,494 (.310 avg, .870 OPS) with 271 runs scored, 47 homers, 205 RBIs and 74 stolen bases. I think Dahl is here to stay, as I think the Rockies will deal one of their starting outfielders later this week.
The Colorado Rockies have designated 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Brandon Barnes for assignment. Barnes played in 48 games for the Rockies this year and he was 22 for 100 (.220 avg, .570 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Barnes played in 286 games in his three years with the Rockies and he was 161 of 647 (.249 avg, .671 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 10 homers, 52 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. This is not much of a loss moving forward for the Rockies, as Barnes had a hard time hitting with the Rockies, despite playing half of his games at Coors Field.
UPDATE: (8/1/2016) – Barnes has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.
Lefty reliever Brian Fuentes was a pretty darn good pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. He pitched in 428 games (0 starts) in his seven years with the Rockies and he was 16-26 with 115 saves, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He gave up 337 hits and 171 walks while whiffing 470 batters in his 410 1/3 innings with the Rockies! He also pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in the post-season for the Rockies and he was 1-0 with a 6.52 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP. Fuentes was part of the Rockies’ team that lost the World Series to the Red Sox in 2007. He was a three-time All-Star in his time with the Rockies. His best season for the Rockies came back in 2008, when he worked in 67 games (0 starts) in which he was 1-5 with 30 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He gave up 47 hits and 22 walks while whiffing 82 batters in his 62 2/3 innings for the Rockies in 2008. Fuentes is still the Rockies’ all-time leader in saves with 115 of them! He is also tied for #29 in wins (16), #2 in games pitched (428), #19 in innings pitched (410 1/3) and #8 in strikeouts (470) in Rockies’ history!
26-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Anderson and 23-year old righty reliever Carlos Estevez have been revelations for the Colorado Rockies so far this year. Anderson was not considered one of the Rockies’ better prospects coming into this year. He has pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-3 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Anderson has given up 44 hits (4 homers) and 9 walks while whiffing 35 batters in his first 42 innings for the Rockies so far this year. Estevez came into this season as the Rockies’ #17 prospect coming into this year according to Baseball America. Estevez is currently working as the Rockies’ closer right now. Estevez has pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-5 with 6 saves, a 4.05 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has given up 24 hits (4 homers) and 15 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 33 1/3 innings so far this year for the Rockies. Estevez will keep the closer’s gig as long as he keeps pitching well. The Rockies hope that Anderson and Estevez can keep up the good work moving forward.
24-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Jordan Patterson came into this season as the Colorado Rockies‘ #20 prospect according to Baseball America. He has played in 70 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies so far this year and he is 75 of 237 (.316 avg, .888 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 4 homers, 34 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Patterson has now played in 380 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 406 of 1,384 (.293 avg, .863 OPS) with 242 runs scored, 45 homers, 212 RBIs and 60 stolen bases. Patterson could get his first shot with the show later this year for the Rockies.
30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies has been selected to the All Star team for the 3rd time in his career. Gonzalez has played in 85 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 107 of 336 (.318 avg, .924 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 19 homers, 54 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 999 games in his first 9 years in the show and he is 1,085 of 3,707 (.293 avg, .875 OPS) with 628 runs scored, 195 homers, 608 RBIs and 114 stolen bases. Gonzalez is going to appeal to a lot of buyers in the trade market later this month, so this might be his last All Star Game as a member of the Colorado Rockies.