The Colorado Rockies have placed 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Chris Rusin on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left shoulder. Rusin has pitched in 12 games (7 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has given up 56 hits and 17 walks while whiffing 39 batters in his first 54 2/3 innings for the Rockies so far this year. The Rockies have called up 21-year old righty reliever Miguel Castro to replace Rusin on the pitching staff. Castro pitched in 13 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rockies and he was 0-0 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Castro has given up 10 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his first 12 innings pitched this year for the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies have called up 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Tyler Anderson to replace Jake McGee (DL) on the active roster. Anderson pitched in 6 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he was 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has now pitched in 65 games (all starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 25-12 with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Anderson has some impressive minor league numbers, so it will be interesting to see how he does in his first time in the show.
The Colorado Rockies have placed 29-year old lefty reliever Jake McGee on the 15-day disabled list due to left knee inflammation. McGee has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 0-2 with 15 saves, a 4.98 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. The Rockies will likely use 33-year old righty reliever Jason Motte and 23-year righty Carlos Estevez to close until McGee returns to action. Motte has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Estevez has pitched in 21 games (0 start) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
19-year old righty swinging SS Brendan Rodgers came into this season as the Colorado Rockies‘ #3 prospect according to Baseball America. Rodgers was the #3 overall pick (1st round) of the 2015 Amateur Draft. Rodgers has played in 42 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 50 for 173 (.289 avg, .856 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 8 homers, 34 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Rodgers has now played in 79 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 89 of 316 (.282 avg, .812 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 11 homers, 54 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Rodgers might have to change positions down the road, as Trevor Story in looking like the real deal for the Rockies, but they will cross that bridge when they get to it.
When the Colorado Rockies signed 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Gerardo Parra to a 3-year, $29.5 million dollar contract over the winter, they were expecting him to hit for a high average on the road and at Coors Field, but that hasn’t been the case so far. Parra has played in 55 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 57 of 216 (.264 avg, .697 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 4 homers, 25 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He does lead the National League in doubles with 18 of them. But, in his last 24 games, Parra is only 18 of 85 (.212 avg, .592 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. Parra has played in 28 games on the road for the Rockies so far this year and he is 26 of 118 (.220 avg, .549 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 13 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Rockies need Parra to start hitting on the road and in general, as he is in a slump right now.
The Colorado Rockies have activated 32-year old righty swinging catcher Nick Hundley off the D.L. Hundley has played in 13 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 12 of 44 (.273 avg, .930 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. He has also shown a good eye at the plate so far this year as he has walked 10 times while whiffing 9 times. To make room for Hundley on the active roster, the Rockies have placed 23-year old lefty swinging catcher Tony Wolters on the 7-day concussion D.L. Wolters has played in 31 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 20 for 92 (.217 avg, .601 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 11 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Rockies have to be glad to have Hundley back, as he adds another offensive threat to the lineup.
Lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton is one of the best players in Colorado Rockies‘ history, period! From 2000-2004, Helton was an All-Star every season and he won four Silver Slugger Awards and 3 Gold Glove Awards! From 1999-2004, Helton averaged 123.5 runs scored, 36.8 homers, 48.2 doubles, 121.3 RBIs and 101.0 walks per year! His best year for the Rockies came in 2000. Helton played in 160 games in 2000 for the Rockies and he was 216 of 580 (.372 avg, 1.162 OPS) with 138 runs scored, 59 doubles, 42 homers, 147 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Helton also walked 103 times while only whiffing 61 times in 2000! Helton led the National League in hits (216) and OBP (.463) in 2000. He led the Major Leagues in batting average (.372), SLG (.698), OPS (1.162), doubles (59) and RBIs (147) in 2000! Helton was 5th in the MVP voting in 2000 (what a joke) and he also won a Silver Slugger Award and was an All-Star! Helton played in 2,247 games in his 17 years with the Rockies and he was 2,519 of 7,962 (.316 avg, .953 OPS) with 1,401 runs scored, 369 homers, 1,406 RBIs and 37 stolen bases! Helton is still the Rockies’ all-time leader in games played (2,247), runs scored (1,401), hits (2,519), doubles (592), homers (369), RBIs (1,406) and walks (1,335). He is also still tied for #3 in batting average (.316), #2 in OBP (.414), #6 in SLG (.539), #3 in OPS (.953), #4 in triples (37) and #21 in stolen bases (37). Helton only played in 15 games in the playoffs in his career with the Rockies and he was 12 for 57 (.211 avg, .584 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. Helton played his whole career with the Rockies and that is rare these days!
The Colorado Rockies have activated 33-year old righty reliever Jason Motte from the D.L. Motte pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball on a rehab assignment this year and he was 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Motte has pitched in 368 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 26-14 with 60 saves, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The Rockies are glad to have Motte back, as he was one of their big free agent additions over the winter.
The Colorado Rockies have placed 31-year old lefty reliever Boone Logan on the 15-day disabled list due to left shoulder inflammation. Logan has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He has only given up 9 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 17 batters in only 14 innings this year. The Rockies are hoping that Logan will only miss a couple of weeks, as he has really pitched well so far this year.
UPDATE: (6/6/2016) – The Rockies have activated Logan off the D.L. They have sent 21-year old righty reliever Miguel Castro to AAA to open up a roster spot for Logan. Castro has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
35-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Raburn is making the most of the playing time he has been getting for the Colorado Rockies so far in 2016. He has played in 33 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 18 of 60 (.300 avg, 984 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers and 12 RBIs. He has had 18 appearances as a pinch hitter so far this year and he is 5 for 16 (.313 avg, 1.076 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 walks! The Rockies should find a way to get Raburn some more ABs moving forward.