The Colorado Rockies have lost 24-year old righty reliever Jairo Diaz for the remainder of the 2016 season, as he needs Tommy John surgery. Diaz pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-1 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Diaz gave up 16 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 18 batters in 19 innings for the Rockies last year, which was impressive. Diaz has now pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-1 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
21-year old lefty swinging 3B Ryan McMahon comes into this season as the Rockies’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 132 games in A-ball last year and he was 149 of 496 (.300 avg, .892 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 18 homers, 75 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He has now played in 317 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 355 of 1,196 (.297 avg, .896 OPS) with 220 runs scored, 47 homers, 229 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. When McMahon finally gets to the show, he might have to change positions as long as the Colorado Rockies still have the awesome Nolan Arenado at 3B.
The Colorado Rockies are preparing to be without starting shortstop Jose Reyes for a large chunk of the 2016 season due to his impending league suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. That sets up a spring training battle for the starting shortstop job between 24-year old switch-hitting Cristhian Adames and 23-year old righty swinging Trevor Story. Adames might have a slight edge because he has played in the majors already. He comes into this season as the Rockies’ #26 prospect according to Baseball America. Adames played in 26 games for the Rockies last year and he was 13 of 53 (.245 avg, .600 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. He also played in 116 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year in which he was 144 of 463 (.311 avg, .800 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 11 homers, 51 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Story comes into this season as the Rockies’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America. Story played in 130 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 143 of 512 (.279 avg, .863 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 40 doubles, 10 triples, 20 homers, 80 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. No matter which guy wins the starting shortstop job, the Rockies should be in good hands while Reyes is out of action.
The Colorado Rockies have signed 34-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Raburn to a minor league deal. Raburn played in 82 games for the Indians last year and he was 52 of 173 (.301 avg, .936 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 8 homers and 29 RBIs. Raburn has now played in 809 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 560 of 2,184 (.256 avg, .757 OPS) with 303 runs scored, 82 homers, 322 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. This was a great pickup for the Rockies as Raburn is a lefty pitcher masher, and the Rockies’ three starting outfielders swinging lefty. I don’t think he will platoon with anyone, but he will be a solid bat off the bench.
Injuries opened up P.T. for 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Charlie Blackmon and he has taken full advantage of it. He has played in 81 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 74 of 242 (.306 avg, .798 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He is a hacker at the plate though as he has whiffed 48 times while only walking six time so far this year. Blackmon has now played in 150 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 131 of 453 (.289 avg, .733 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 9 homers, 38 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
29-year old lefty reliever Josh Outman is putting together a nice second half for the Colorado Rockies. He has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in the second half of the 2013 season and he is 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Outman has now pitched in 57 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Outman has given up 53 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 50 batters in his first 51 2/3 innings this year, which are pretty solid numbers. The Rockies hope that Outman finishes strongly the last couple of weeks.
34-year old righty swinging RF Michael Cuddyer is ripping the ball in September for the Rockies. He has played in 14 games for the Rockies so far in September and he is 22 of 54 (.407 avg, 1.089 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Cuddyer has now played in 124 games overall this year for the Rockies and he is 154 of 465 (.331 avg, .928 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 20 homers, 81 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Cuddyer is currently tied for the team lead in runs scored (72), #4 in homers (20), #1 in RBIs (81) and he is tied for 4th in stolen bases (10) on the Rockies in 2013. He is also currently leading the National League with a .331 batting average.
40-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton is likely playing his last games with the Rockies this month, as his contract expires after this season. Helton has played in 107 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 83 of 332 (.250 avg, .737 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 13 homers and 51 RBIs. Helton has now played in 2,230 games in his 17 years with the Rockies and he is 2,503 of 7,897 (.317 avg, .955 OPS) with 1,391 runs scored, 367 homers, 1,396 RBIs and 37 stolen bases. Helton is the all-time leader in Rockies’ history in games played (2,230), hits (2,503), runs scored (1,391), homers (367), RBIs (1,396), doubles (585) and walks (1,330). He is also #3 in batting average (.317), #2 in OBP (.415), tied for #6 in SLG (.540), #3 in OPS (.955) and #4 in triples (37) in Rockies’ history. He is the best player in Rockies’ history and it will be sad to see him go, but the time is right to move on.
32-year old lefty starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa has been rock solid for the Rockies in 2013. He has pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 16-6 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. He has given up 166 hits and 59 walks while whiffing 111 batters in his first 165 2/3 innings, which are solid numbers. De La Rosa is tied for the lead in the National League with his 16 wins. De La Rosa has now pitched in 123 games (117 starts) in his first six years with the Rockies and he is 55-34 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He is now #7 in Rockies’ history in games started with 117 of them. He is also #3 in ERA (4.19), #3 in WHIP (1.37), #7 in innings pitched (672) and #5 in strikeouts (603) in Rockies’ history.
The Rockies had high hopes for 30-year old righty reliever Wilton Lopez when they acquired him in a deal with the Astros last winter. But, he has had issues this year and he hasn’t been trusted in high leverage situations. Lopez has pitched in 65 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has given up 75 hits and 16 walks while whiffing 42 batters in his first 64 2/3 innings this year. Lopez has now pitched in 278 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 15-17 with 11 saves, a 3.37 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. The Rockies hope that Lopez can get his act together in September.