Let Trevor Story get all the ink, because I’m sure that 25-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies would rather sneak up on teams. If that is even possible! After all, he played in 157 games for the Rockies last year in which he was 177 of 616 (.287 avg, .898 OPS) with 97 runs scored, 42 homers (led National League), 130 RBIs (led Major Leagues) and 2 stolen bases. He was an All-Star and he won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award for the Rockies in 2015. He also finished 8th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award in 2015. He is off to another blazing start as he cranked two solo homers yesterday at Wrigley Field to power the Rockies to a 2-0 win! He has played in 12 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 14 of 50 (.280 avg, 1.021 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 homers and a Major League leading 16 RBIs! The Rockies hope that Arenado keeps up the good work as he is one of the very best all-around players in baseball right now.
The Colorado Rockies have placed starting catcher Todd Hundley on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to April 14th due to a concussion. Hundley has played in 7 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 5 for 22 (.227 avg, .802 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. Dustin Garneau will back up left swinging Tony Wolters at catcher until Hundley is ready to return to action. He has played in 1 game for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1 for 3.
The Colorado Rockies have placed 29-year old lefty swinging CF Charlie Blackmon on the 15-day disabled list due to turf toe. Blackmon has played in 8 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 5 for 27 (.185 avg, .575 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Gerardo Parra will move from LF to CF until Blackmon is ready to return to action. 34-year old righty swinging Ryan Raburn and 29-year old righty swinging Brandon Barnes will probably split P.T. in LF until Blackmon is ready to return to action. Raburn has played in 6 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3 for 9 (.333 avg, 1.300 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs. Barnes has played in 6 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3 for 10 (.300 avg, .764 OPS). The Rockies are blest to have solid backup outfielders, so they should be OK until Blackmon returns to action.
The Colorado Rockies are 4-4 so far this year due to a great start by their batters! That is because the Rockies have a 7.61 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP as a team! They have six pitchers with ERAs over 10.00 right now! Lefty Jorge De La Rosa is 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA and a 2.54 WHIP and righty Jordan Lyles is 0-1 with a 11.25 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. Both De La Rosa and Jordan Lyles have started two games for the Rockies so far this year! The bullpen also has four guys with ERAs over 10.00. Lefty rookie Jason Gurka has pitched in 4 games in which he is 0-0 with a 10.57 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP. Righties Chad Qualls (3 games, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3.00 WHIP), Christian Bergman (2 games, 0-1, 12.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP) and Justin Miller (2 games, 1-0, 10.13 ERA and a 2.63 WHIP) have also been awful. These guys need to start pitching better soon.
The Colorado Rockies are somehow 3-3 on the season despite having a 7.98 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP. Righty starters Tyler Chatwood, Chad Bettis, righty reliever Miguel Castro and lefty closer Jake McGee are the only pitchers who have pitched decent ball for the Rockies so far this year. Chatwood has started 1 game for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Bettis has started 2 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Castro has pitched in 4 games out of the pen so far this year for the Rockies and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP while McGee has pitched in 2 games for the Rockies so far in which he is 0-0 with 2 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. This quartet is a combined 2-0 with 2 saves, a 2.92 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The rest of the Rockies’ pitching staff is 1-3 with a 12.39 ERA and a 2.54 WHIP! The Rockies will not continue to win games pitching like they are right now.
The Colorado Rockies‘ bench is looking impressive so far this year. Righty swinging OF Ryan Raburn has played in all 3 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 5 (.400 avg, 1.400 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. Righty swinging outfielder Brandon Barnes has played in 2 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 3 (.667 avg, 1.417 OPS), but he has already been caught stealing twice. Lefty swinging 1B Ben Paulsen has played in 2 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 doubles. These guys might not start a lot of games in 2016, but they will play in a lot of games due to the pinch hitting needs of the Rockies. I don’t see many complete games out of their starting rotation in 2016.
27-year old righty swinging 2B D.J. LeMahieu and 23-year old righty swinging SS Trevor Story are raking at the plate for the Colorado Rockies so far this year. LeMahieu played in 3 games against the D-Backs and he was 6 for 10 (.600 avg, 1.800 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBIs. Story came into this season as the Rockies’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America. He is showing why so far this year. Story played in 3 games against the D-Backs and he was 4 for 14 (.286 avg, 1.429 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 4 homers and 7 RBIs. Story has hit at least one homer in all three of the Rockies’ games so far, which is amazing. The Rockies scored 20 runs and whacked 10 homers in the opening series against the D-Backs and that allowed them to win 2 of their first three games.
22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Raimel Tapia comes into this season as the Colorado Rockies‘ #10 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 131 games in A-ball last year and he was 166 of 544 (.305 avg, .800 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 12 homers, 71 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. Tapia has now played in 449 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 555 of 1,768 (.314 avg, .806 OPS) with 280 runs scored, 29 homers, 260 RBIs and 97 stolen bases. Look for Tapia to keep climbing in the system for the Rockies’ this year.
The Colorado Rockies have placed 24-year old righty starting pitcher Jon Gray on the 15-day disabled list due to an abdominal strain. Gray pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-2 with a 5.53 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. He also pitched in 21 games (20 starts) in AAA-ball last year in which he was 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. The Rockies hope Gray gets healthy, because they want to give him his big chance to show what he can do in 2016.
The Colorado Rockies have placed 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Anderson on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique muscle. Anderson missed all of last year due to a left elbow injury. Anderson pitched in 23 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Rockies in 2014 and he was 7-4 with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He has now pitched in 59 games (all starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 23-10 with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. The Rockies are going to treat Anderson with kid gloves, as he is a talented pitcher.