The Colorado Rockies have placed 25-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Matzek on the 15-day disabled list due to him have an anxiety problem. Matzek pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. He has now pitched in 25 games (24 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 8-12 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Matzek isn’t that bad of a pitcher, but he needs to get his head straight before he can help the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies have sent 26-year old righty reliever Scott Oberg and 28-year old righty reliever Gonzalez Germen to AAA to start the 2016 season. Oberg pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 3-4 with 1 save, a 5.09 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Germen played in 35 games (1 start) for the Rockies and Cubs last year in which he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 4.42 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. He has now pitched in 89 games (1 start) in his first three years in the majors and he is 1-2 with 2 saves, a 4.35 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. I could see both of these guys pitching for the Rockies at some point in 2016, as long as they pitch well in AAA-ball first.
The Colorado Rockies have sent 30-year old lefty reliever/starter Yohan Flande to AAA to start the 2016 season. He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in spring training for the Rockies and he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He pitched in 19 games (10 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 3-3 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Flande has now pitched in 35 games (20 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 3-9 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Flande will likely get back to Colorado at some point in 2016.
28-year old lefty swinging LF Gerardo Parra was given a nice contract from the Colorado Rockies over the winter. He played in 155 games for the Orioles and Brewers last year in which he was 159 of 547 (.291 avg, .780 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Parra has not posted big numbers in Coors Field so far in his career. He has played in 48 games at Coors Field so far in his career and he is 49 of 173 (.283 avg, .725 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 0 homers, 12 RBIs and 8 stolen bases there. Parra will help the Rockies’ D as he has won two Gold Gloves so far in his career.
The Colorado Rockies have released 26-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Kyle Parker. Parker played in 20 games in spring training for the Rockies and he was 6 for 27 (.222 avg, .509 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He played in 46 games for the Rockies last year and he was 19 of 106 (.179 avg, .535 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Parker played in 64 games in his two years with the Rockies and he was 24 of 132 (.182 avg, .513 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Rockies have 1B and the outfield covered, so they won’t miss Parker in 2016.
21-year old righty starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela was sharp this spring for the Colorado Rockies. He pitched in 3 games (1 start) for the Rockies in spring training and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 1.80 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Senzatela came into this season as the Rockies’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 26 games (all starts) in A-ball last year and he was 9-9 with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He has now pitched in 81 games (80 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 37-18 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
The Colorado Rockies have signed 29-year old righty swinging infielder Jeff Bianchi to a minor league deal. Bianchi played in 3 games for the Red Sox last year and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS). He also played in 43 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 34 of 130 (.262 avg, .644 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Bianchi has now played in 165 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 81 of 377 (.215 avg, .531 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 4 homers, 40 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.
21-year old righty reliever Miguel Castro has made the Colorado Rockies‘ Opening Day bullpen. Castro came into this season as the Rockies’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America. He was a key part of the return the Rockies got in the Troy Tulowitzki deal last year. Castro has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) so far in spring training and he is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Castro pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Jays and Rockies last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-3 with 4 saves, a 6.11 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. Castro also pitched in 27 games (5 starts) in A+AAA-ball last year in which he was 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. The Rockies will never say this, but their is a lot of pressure on Castro to succeed with them because of who they gave up to get him.
The state of Hawaii has dropped charges of domestic violence against shortstop Jose Reyes, because his wife refused to testify against him. But, Reyes is not out of the woods yet, as the Commissioner of Baseball will likely levy him with a hefty suspension in the near future. Reyes played in 47 games for the Rockies last year and he was 50 of 193 (.259 avg, .659 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 19 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He played in 116 games overall last year for the Jays and Rockies in which he was 132 of 481 (.274 avg, .688 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 7 homers, 53 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. The Rockies will be going with Trevor Story as their starting shortstop next week when the 2016 season begins.
33-year old righty reliever Jason Motte will start the 2016 season on the disabled list due to a strained right shoulder. Motte pitched in 57 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 8-1 with 6 saves, a 3.91 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Motte has now pitched in 368 games (0 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 26-14 with 60 saves, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Motte was competing with 29-year old Jake McGee for the closer’s job this spring, but it’s a moot point now. McGee will be the closer on Opening Day for the Colorado Rockies. McGee pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Rays last year and he was 1-2 with 6 saves, a 2.41 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. McGee has now pitched in 297 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 21-11 with 26 saves, a 2.77 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. McGee was never the closer for the Rays because they didn’t want to pay him the money he was worth. He will be a great closer for the Rockies, as he has outstanding stuff.