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.
26-year old righty swinging outfielder Kent Matthes came into this season as the Rockies’ #16 prospect according to Baseball America. He has played in 105 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies so far this year and he is 110 of 392 (.281 avg, .849 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 19 homers, 55 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Matthes has now played in 376 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 390 of 1,419 (.275 avg, .840 OPS) with 214 runs scored, 65 homers, 236 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. Matthes could be nearing his first shot at the show when rosters expand next week.
24-year old righty swinging Wilin Rosario has established himself in his short major league career as one of the best hitting catchers in all of baseball. Rosario has played in 105 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 110 of 389 (.283 avg, .799 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 20 homers, 70 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He is currently tied for the Rockies’ lead in RBIs (with Carlos Gonzalez) and he is also #5 on the team in runs scored and #3 in homers. Rosario has now played in 238 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 228 of 839 (.272 avg, .813 OPS) with 127 runs scored, 51 homers, 149 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Rosario is looking like a player the Rockies can build around in the future.
The Rockies have placed 38-year old righty closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list, due to a right elbow sprain. He has pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-5 with 16 saves, a 4.08 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. This could be a season ending injury for Betancourt. 25-year old lefty Rex Brothers will replace Betancourt as the Rockies’ closer once again. Brothers has pitched in 57 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-0 with 11 saves, a 1.51 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. The Rockies should be o.k. without Betancourt, as Brothers has really pitched well for them so far this year.
UPDATE: (8/27/2013) – Rafael Betancourt has a torn UCL in his right elbow and he needs Tommy John Surgery. He will miss the rest of this season and the entire 2014 season, if he decides to keep pitching.
The Rockies have designated 26-year old righty reliever Edgmer Escalona for assignment. He pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Escalona pitched in 78 games (0 starts) in his four years with the Rockies and he was 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. This won’t be much of a loss if a team claims Escalona off waivers from the Rockies.
UPDATE: (8/30/2013) – The Rockies have outrighted Edgmer Escalona to AAA-ball.
The Rockies have placed 35-year old righty swinging catcher Yorvit Torrealba on the 7-day disabled list due to a concussion. Torrealba has played in 51 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 36 of 143 (.252 avg, .608 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 10 RBIs. The Rockies have called up 27-year old Jordan Pacheco to replace Torrealba as Wilin Rosario’s backup. Pacheco played in 69 games earlier this year for the Rockies and he was 43 of 188 (.229 avg, .566 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 1 homer and 17 RBIs.
24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Corey Dickerson came into this season as the Rockies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 75 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 117 of 315 (.371 avg, 1.046 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 11 homers, 50 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The Rockies then called up Dickerson to replace Dexter Fowler (injured) on the active roster and he has played really well in his first taste of the majors, so far. Dickerson has played in 33 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 25 of 78 (.321 avg, .919 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Rockies hope that Dickerson keeps up the good work moving forward.
The Rockies have placed 23-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. Chatwood has pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 7-4 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. The Rockies have called up 28-year old righty starting pitcher Jeff Manship and he will replace Chatwood in the rotation. He has pitched in 24 games (17 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he is 6-8 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Manship last pitched in the majors in 2012 for the Twins. Manship has pitched in 41 games (6 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 3-2 with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. The Rockies hope that Chatwood only has to miss a couple of weeks as he has pitched well in 2013 for them.
The Rockies need more out of 22-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado moving forward. Since July 1st, Arenado has played in 31 games for the Rockies in which he is 24 of 105 (.229 avg) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 90 games overall this year for the Rockies and he is 84 of 332 (.253 avg, .688 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 9 homers, 36 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Arenado came into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America, so they expect more from him with the bat moving forward.