The Colorado Rockies have released 30-year old righty reliever Brian Schlitter. Schlitter pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 1-2 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He last pitched in the show in 2015 for the Chicago Cubs. He has now pitched in 78 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 3-6 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. The Rockies didn’t call up Schlitter last year, so they are not going to miss him at all moving forward.
29-year old righty reliever Justin Miller has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Colorado Rockies, so he will become a free agent this winter. Miller pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-1 with a 5.70 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He pitched in 74 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Rockies and he was 4-4 with 1 save, a 4.97 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Miller has now pitched in 82 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 5-4 with 1 save, a 4.99 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Rockies.
52-year old Walt Weiss has stepped down as the manager of the Colorado Rockies. Weiss led the Rockies to a 75-87 (46.3%) record this year. The Rockies finished in 3rd place in the N.L. West, 16 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Weiss compiled a 283-365 (43.7%) record in his four years in charge of the dugout for the Rockies. Weiss actually the best record of his career for the Rockies (75-87) in 2016! This isn’t going to hurt the Rockies at all, as they weren’t close to making the playoffs in any of Weiss’ years on the job.
The Colorado Rockies acquired 30-year old lefty reliever Jake McGee from the Tampa Bay Rays last winter for outfielder Corey Dickerson. McGee has pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-3 with 15 saves, a 4.73 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. He has given up 55 hits (9 homers) and 15 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his first 45 2/3 innings for the Rockies this year. McGee has pitched better since the All-Star Game, working in 27 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in which he is 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. McGee has now pitched in 353 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 23-14 with 41 saves, a 3.07 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Don’t be surprised if the Rockies deal McGee this winter, as he has had big time issues pitching at Coors Field.
30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Charlie Blackmon is in beast mode at the plate right now for the Colorado Rockies! Since August 1st, Blackmon has played in 42 games for the Rockies in which he is 62 of 173 (.358 avg) with 49 runs scored, 16 homers, 33 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Blackmon has now played in 134 games overall this year for the Rockies and he is 174 of 541 (.322 avg, .936 OPS) with 109 runs scored, 28 homers, 77 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He continues to add to his career highs in runs scored, homers and RBI! Blackmon has now played in 596 games in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 654 of 2,205 (.297 avg, .813 OPS) with 343 runs scored, 73 homers, 246 RBI and 100 stolen bases.
The Colorado Rockies have lost 33-year old righty swinging 1B Mark Reynolds for the rest of the 2016 season due to a broken left hand. He was hit by a fastball by Jose Dominguez of the Padres. Reynolds played in 118 games for the Rockies in 2016 and he was 111 of 393 (.282 avg, .806 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 14 homers, 53 RBI and 1 stolen base. The Rockies signed Reynolds to a 1-year, $2.6 million dollar deal last winter and he proved to be a bargain. 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Gerardo Parra will likely move to 1B for the last couple of weeks of the 2016 season. He was signed to a 3-year, $27.5 million dollar deal last winter and unlike Reynolds, he has been a huge disappointment. Parra has played in 95 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 86 of 344 (.250 avg, .662 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 6 homers, 36 RBI and 6 stolen bases.
33-year old righty reliever Huston Street is still pitching in the Major Leagues (with the Los Angeles Angels). He had a nice three year run with the Colorado Rockies due to his control and his sinker (which helped keep the ball in the park)! Street pitched in 170 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Rockies and he was 9-9 with 84 saves, a 3.50 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He gave up 144 hits (22 homers) and 33 walks while whiffing 170 batters in his 167 1/3 innings with the Rockies. His best year for the Rockies was in 2009, when he actually finished #25 in the N.L. MVP voting! Street pitched in 64 games (0 starts) during the regular season in 2009 for the Rockies and he was 4-1 with 35 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. He only gave up 43 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 70 batters in his 61 2/3 innings for the Rockies in 2009. He struggled big time in the playoffs in 2009 for the Rockies. He pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rockies in 2009 and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 13.50 ERA and a 3.38 WHIP. Street is still #3 in saves in Rockies’ history with 84 of them! He is also still #19 in games pitched (170) and #40 in strikeouts (170) in Rockies’ history!
The Colorado Rockies have released 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Brandon Barnes. Barnes played in 48 games for the Rockies this year and he was 22 of 100 (.220 avg, .570 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBI and 1 stolen base. He 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 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Barnes has now played in 465 games in his first five years in the show and he is 279 of 1,153 (.242 avg, .645 OPS) with 131 runs scored, 19 homers, 100 RBI and 22 stolen bases. This is not much of a loss for the Rockies, as Barnes was just not good of enough a hitter to play for them.
28-year old righty swinging 2B D.J. LeMahieu is chasing a batting title for the Colorado Rockies. He is hitting .342 right now, while the N.L. leader (Daniel Murphy, Nationals) is hitting .345! LeMahieu has played in 129 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 166 of 486 (.342 avg, .906 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 10 homers, 56 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He has really enjoyed home cooking this year. He has played in 69 games at Coors Field so far this year and he is 100 of 257 (.389 avg, 1.063 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 7 homers, 37 RBI and 4 stolen bases. LeMahieu has now played in 618 games in his first five years with the Rockies and he is 649 of 2,177 (.298 avg, .750 OPS) with 301 runs scored, 25 homers, 209 RBI and 62 stolen bases. LeMahieu has a great shot to pass up Daniel Murphy in the chase to win a batting title in the last three weeks of the 2016 season!
The Colorado Rockies have designated 28-year old lefty swinging 1B Ben Paulsen for assignment. Paulsen played in 39 games for the Rockies this year and he was 20 for 92 (.217 avg, .562 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 11 RBI. Paulsen played in 186 games in his three years with the Rockies and he was 130 of 480 (.271 avg, .762 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 16 homers, 70 RBI and 1 stolen base. Paulsen dropped the ball for the Rockies this year, as he opened the season platooning with Mark Reynolds at 1B.
UPDATE: (9/9/2016) – The Rockies have outrighted Ben Paulsen to AAA.