The Colorado Rockies have sent 28-year old lefty swinging 1B Ben Paulsen to AAA. Paulsen has played in 29 games for the Rockies this year and he is 17 of 66 (.258 avg, .679 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 10 RBIs. He has now played in 176 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 127 of 454 (.280 avg, .790 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 16 homers, 69 RBIs and 1 stolen base. This likely means that Mark Reynolds will take over as the full time 1B, as he had been platooning with Paulsen. Reynolds has played in 29 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 31 of 92 (.337 avg, .881 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 2 homers and 12 RBIs. The Rockies have activated 29-year old lefty swinging infielder Daniel Descalso off the D.L. He played in 4 games in AAA-ball on a rehab assignment and he was 6 for 15 (.400 avg, .967 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Descalso played in 101 games for the Rockies last year (his first with the team) and he was 38 of 185 (.205 avg, .607 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 5 homers, 22 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
Major League Baseball has announced that 32-year old switch-hitting SS Jose Reyes will be suspended through May 31st due to his involvement in a domestic dispute with his wife during the off-season. Reyes played in 47 games for the Rockies last year after coming over in the Troy Tulowitzki deal with the Blue Jays and he was 50 for 193 (.259 avg, .659 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 19 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Reyes has now played in 1,562 games in his first 13 years in the show and he is 1,904 of 6,568 (.290 avg, .770 OPS) with 1,030 runs scored, 118 homers, 621 RBIs and 479 stolen bases. He also has an amazing 117 triples so far in his MLB career. Reyes is a 4-time All-Star and he has won a Silver Slugger Award in his career. But, Reyes blew it when he got suspended as it opened the door for 23-year old righty swinging rookie SS Trevor Story and he kicked the door down. Story has played in 33 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 37 of 139 (.266 avg, .924 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 11 homers, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. I have doubts that Reyes will ever play for the Rockies again, as other teams have been calling about dealing for him already.
Tyler Chatwood and Chad Bettis have been pretty solid all year long for the Colorado Rockies, but they have had three pitchers step up behind them recently and they hope they can keep up the good work. 24-year old righty Jon Gray is considered a big part of the Rockies’ future. He struggled as a rookie last year, but he is looking much better this year. He has started 4 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has given up 21 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 28 batters in his first 21 2/3 innings this year, which shows just how nasty his stuff is. This could be the year that Gray turns his stuff into solid results. 29-year old lefty Chris Rusin has pitched in 7 games (3 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He has given up 30 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 26 innings with the Rockies so far this year. 25-year old righty Eddie Butler has pitched in 3 games (2 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He has given up 10 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 13 batters in his first 14 innings pitched for the Rockies so far this year. No team is running away with the National League West, so if the Rockies continue to get solid starting pitching, they could be a surprise contender in 2016.
31-year old lefty reliever Boone Logan struggled in his first two years with the Colorado Rockies, but he’s locked in so far in 2016. Logan has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.19 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He has only given up 8 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 15 batters in his first 12 1/3 innings for the Rockies, which is downright impressive! He has now pitched in 110 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 2-6 with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The Rockies need Logan to keep up the good work this year as they need all hands on the deck with the pitching staff in 2016.
26-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood is off to an outstanding start for the Colorado Rockies in 2016. Chatwood has started 6 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 4-2 with a 2.15 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He has only given up 34 hits (3 homers) and 8 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his first 37 2/3 innings this year for the Rockies. Chatwood has now pitched in 49 games (42 starts) in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 18-13 with 1 save, a 3.75 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He is turning into the ace of the Rockies’ rotation right in front of our eyes. The Rockies hope that Chatwood keeps rolling!
27-year old righty swinging D.J. LeMahieu is never talked about when people talk about the better 2B in all of baseball, but he should be. LeMahieu has played in 28 games for the Colorado Rockies so far this year and he is 31 of 103 (.301 avg, .785 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He has now played in 554 games in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 529 of 1,854 (.285 avg, .704 OPS) with 230 runs scored, 17 homers, 167 RBIs and 57 stolen bases. He was a National League All-Star in 2015 (for the first time) and he won a Gold Glove Award in 2014. He is a rock solid player for the Rockies!
The Colorado Rockies have placed 32-year old righty swinging catcher Nick Hundley on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique. Hundley has played in 13 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 12 of 44 (.273 avg, .930 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. He has also walked more times (10) than he has whiffed (9) so far this year. The Rockies have called up 28-year old righty swinging Dustin Garneau to replace Hundley on the active roster. Garneau played in 3 games for the Rockies earlier this year and he was 4 for 10 (.400 avg, 1.200 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. He has now played in 25 games in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 15 of 80 (.188 avg, .599 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. Garneau will share time behind the plate with 23-year old lefty swinging Tony Wolters until Hundley is ready to return to action. Wolters has played in 17 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 7 for 44 (.159 avg, .493 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Rockies are going to miss Hundley.
23-year old righty starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman came into this season as the Colorado Rockies‘ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. He was part of the return the Rockies got from the Blue Jays in the Troy Tulowitzki deal last July. Hoffman has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He has only given up 22 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his first 29 2/3 innings so far this year, which are pretty impressive numbers. Hoffman has now pitched in 25 games (all starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 7-5 with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Hoffman could be the next pitcher the Rockies call up when they need a starter if he keeps pitching well in AAA.
35-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Raburn is crushing the baseball so far this year for the Colorado Rockies. He has played in 20 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 13 of 36 (.361 avg, 1.220 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs. Raburn has a reputation for crushing lefty pitches and he is living up to that so far this year. He is 6 for 15 (.400 avg, 1.633 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs against them so far this year. The Rockies need to find some more ABs for Raburn moving forward.
The Colorado Rockies have activated 29-year old lefty swinging CF Charlie Blackmon from the D.L. Blackmon played in 8 games earlier this year for the Rockies and he was 5 for 27 (.185 avg, .575 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. To make room on the roster for Blackmon, the Rockies have sent 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Brandon Barnes to AAA. Barnes has played in 17 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 6 for 31 (.194 avg, .565 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.