The Colorado Rockies have activated 35-year old lefty starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa off the D.L. De La Rosa pitched in 5 games (all starts) earlier this year for the Rockies and he was 1-3 with a 10.18 ERA and a 2.07 WHIP. He has now pitched in 187 games (181 starts) in his first 9 years with the Rockies and he is 79-55 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. The Rockies hope that De La Rosa gets back on the right track, as he is the Rockies’ all-time leader in about everything! To make room on the active roster for De La Rosa, the Rockies have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Jordan Lyles back to AAA. Lyles has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 8.55 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP. Lyles has pitched in 37 games (all starts) in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 10-11 with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Lyles will get another shot with the Rockies later on this year.
The Colorado Rockies have released 29-year old righty swinging 1B Cody Decker. Decker played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies and Royals this year and he was 16 of 71 (.225 avg, .775 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers and 9 RBIs. Decker played in 8 games in 2015 for the Padres in his only taste of the majors so far and he was 0 for 11 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 RBI. This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies have sent 26-year old righty reliever Scott Oberg to AAA. Oberg pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He has now pitched in 72 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 3-4 with 1 save, a 5.04 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Oberg could come back to the Rockies at some point in 2016.
The Colorado Rockies have placed 28-year old righty reliever/starter Christian Bergman on the 15-day disabled list due to an oblique injury. He has pitched in 9 games (1 start) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 5.89 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. In his first three years with the Rockies, Bergman has pitched in 49 games (15 starts) in which he is 7-9 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.
The Colorado Rockies have called up 25-year old righty starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and 21-year old righty reliever Miguel Castro. Lyles has pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. He also pitched in 4 games (all starts) earlier this year for the Rockies in which he was 1-1 with a 7.64 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP. Lyles will pitch out of the pen this time around for the Rockies. Castro pitched in 2 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies and he was 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 6 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rockies and he was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP. Adding these two guys should give a boost to the pen, as they both have live arms.
24-year old lefty starting pitcher Harrison Musgrove is looking sharp in the minors for the Colorado Rockies. He has pitched in 6 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Rockies so far this year and he is 5-1 with a 1.79 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. He has only given up 20 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 30 batters in his first 40 1/3 innings this year. Musgrove has now pitched in 46 games (44 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 20-10 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He could get to the show later this year if he keeps pitching well…..as the Rockies always need pitching.
29-year old lefty Jake McGee is taking advantage of his first shot as a full time closer with the Colorado Rockies. McGee has pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 0-1 with 13 saves, a 3.78 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He has given up 18 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 11 batters in his first 16 2/3 innings for the Rockies. In his last 7 games, McGee is 0-0 with 6 saves, a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. The only sore spot so far for McGee is that he hasn’t pitched near as well at Coors Field (which is understandable). He has pitched in 9 games at home so far this year and he is 0-1 with 6 saves, a 5.19 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. McGee will likely smash his prior career high of 19 saves in a season!
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.