How All Of The Rockies Pitchers Were Acquired

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Tuesday Aug.13/2013

In one of the better moves done recently by Rockies management, this former Indian was picked up by the team in 2009, for a player that has never made the Major Leagues.  Betancourt has a 0.994 WHIP in his Colorado Career - spanning 244 IP.  Impressive considering some of the Innings lugged are in the thin air of Coors Field

In one of the better moves done recently by Rockies management, this former Indian was picked up by the team in 2009, for a player that has never made the Major Leagues. Betancourt has a 0.994 WHIP and a 2.97 ERA in his Colorado Career – spanning 233.1 IP. Impressive considering some of the Innings lugged are in the thin air of Coors Field.  At age 39 next season, the club has a Team Option for $4.25 MIL.  They should do it.  Their Bullpen has been better than expected.

How All Of The Rockies Pitchers Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Colorado Rockies – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.  It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.  Today, we will cover the Pitchers.

Jorge De La Rosa’s Great Start

Jhoulys Chacin has quietly become one of the better Starting Pitchers in the League.  What the Rox fans have to be happy about - is that he doesn't give up HRs.  In fact, he leads the NL with a 0.3 HR/Per 9 IP this year.  Chacin is 11 - 6

Chacin has quietly become one of the better Starting Pitchers in the League. What the Rox fans have to be happy about – is that he doesn’t give up HRs. In fact, he leads the NL with a 0.3 HR/Per 9 IP this year. Chacin is 11 – 6, with a 3.18 ERA this year.  He may be the best Pitcher in the Starting Rotation in 2014 if Jorge De La Rosa’s Team Option is not picked up for 2014 and he signs elsewhere.  The 25 Year Old from Venezuela is under Team Control until after the 2015 season.

The Rockies are one of the most fascinating studies for a franchise there is in the MLB.  Really, the club has struggled for the most part of its 20 year MLB life.

They had the offensive ballooned numbers before the humidor days, and they still have an advantage of playing in the thin air at Coors Field even after the Humidor was brought in.

The majority of the team is homegrown, however players like Carlos Gonzalez and Jorge De La Rosa were brought in via trade.

The management may not have been able to solve the Pitching problems that plague the franchise, however this team can sure play an exciting brand of baseball at home.

They still have a puncher’s chance anytime they have Troy Tulowitzki and CARGO in the lineup at the same time.

Honestly, they are the best 3 – 4 combination in the NL – and only trail the tandem of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder for the entire MLB Rights.

We will delve into the hitters next week, today is about the throwers

Pitchers

Jhoulys Chacin (25) SP Signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2004.  This man is perfect for throwing at Coors Field.  He has a 0.3 HR/Per 9 IP Rate.

Chacin continues to evolve as a Starting Pitcher in 2013, with a 11 – 6 record, and a 3.18 ERA.  He is 34 – 37 for the Rockies Lifetime, and yields a Career ERA of 3.54.

He has brought down his Walk Rate to 2.4/Per 9 IP, from over 4/Per 9 IP – and is carrying a respectable 1.198 WHIP this year.  He has already thrown 150 IP in 23 Game Starts for 2013.

Jorge De La Rosa (32) SP: March 26, 2008: The Kansas City Royals sent a player to be named later to the Colorado Rockies for Ramon Ramirez. 

April 30, 2008: the Kansas City Royals sent Jorge De La Rosa to the Colorado Rockies to complete an earlier deal made on March 26, 2008.

De La Rosa, despite missing a ton of time to injuries the last few years, has gone 50 – 34 for the club, with a 4.22 ERA in his time with Colorado. 

This year, he is 11 – 6, with a 3,24 ERA in 24 Game Starts and 135.1 IP.  He will be a contender for NL Comeback Player of The Year. 

Ubaldo Jimenez and he were key factors in a 2009 Wild Card Berth, when De La Rosa went 16 – 9.

Ramon Ramirez did have one good season with KC, throwing for a 2.64 ERA in 71.2 IP for the club in 2008.  He would go onto win the World Series with the 2010 San Francisco Giants.

The Rockies did well versus  the Royals in this deal.  KC did use Ramon Ramirez to land Coco Crisp from Boston.

Ramon Ramirez (31) RP: July 28, 2005: Traded by the New York Yankees with Eduardo Sierra (minors) to the Colorado Rockies for Shawn Chacon.

Ramirez was 6 – 5, with a 4.45 ERA in his career with the Rockies.  He quickly flamed out in 2007.

Eduardo Sierra was claimed off of waivers by the White Sox in 2006, without ever throwing a pitch in the Majors for the Rockies,

Shawn Chacon (35) SP:  Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 3rd round of the 1996 amateur draft.

Chacon’s best stretch of pitching in the Majors, came directly off of the trade between the Yankees and the Rockies in 2005. 

He helped the Yankees make the playoffs that year, by going 7 -3, with a 2.85 ERA in 12 Game Starts.

Chacon was obliterated the next season in New York – and was done by 2008 (after pitching for Houston). 

Based oh his worth in 2005 though, plus Sierra never making the MLB, New York slightly wins this Trade.

Even then though, the Rockies turned Ramirez into Jorge De La Rosa to recover.

Juan Nicasio (26) SP:  Signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2006.  Nicasio is 12 – 13, with a 4.83 ERA in his 244 IP for his career so far.

This year, he is 6 – 6, with a 5.04 ERA in 22 Game Starts and 114.1 IP.  In another weird oddity, he has a 6.03 ERA on the road, and a home mark of 3.95 this year.

Tyler Chatwood is one of the promising young pitchers that the Rockies have on their roster. He has won seven games for them with a 3.17 ERA in 85.2 innings pitched and he has struck out 60 batters. He is solid with two and runners position but holding teams to a .167 batting average for the year.  He was acquired for Chris Iannetta.  A great deal when you consider the team has a young Wilin Rosario waiting in the wings

Tyler Chatwood is one of the promising young pitchers that the Rockies have on their roster. He was acquired for Chris Iannetta before the 2012 season. A great deal when you consider the team had a young Wilin Rosario waiting in the wings.  The Rox fans may have to wait until 2014 – with the young man having some elbow trouble.

Tyler Chatwood (23) SP:  November 30, 2011: Traded by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the Colorado Rockies for Chris Iannetta.

Chatwood has been a pleasant surprise for Colorado this season, pitching to a record of 7 – 4,with a 3.15 ERA in 15 Games Started.  He was hovering around a mid 2 ERA up until the ALL – Star Break.

The RHP just had an elbow scare, however an MRI recently revealed no structural damage.  Chatwood had Tommy John Surgery while in high school. 

He is scheduled to play catch soon, however he may not play again this year.

Chris Iannetta (30) C: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 4th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

The former Rockies Catcher has a 3 Slash Line of .229/.348/.719 for the Angels – with 15 HRs and 56 RBI in 476 AB. 

These are similar numbers to the last 2 years Iannetta put up with Colorado, still far from his 1st few years – where his numbers were larger in Denver.

This trade has a while to go before being decided.  I like the deal right now for the Rockies if Chatwood can remain healthy.

Jeff Francis was signed last year mid -summer, in order to help the team with depth.  While he has never found the success he had during the 2007 year again, he is 2nd in most franchise Pitching Categories.  Much like other chuckers, he also struggled once he left Denver the 1st time

Jeff Francis was signed last year mid -summer, in order to help the team with depth. While he has never found the success he had during the 2007 year again, he is 2nd in most franchise Pitching Categories. Much like other chuckers, he also struggled once he left Denver.

Jeff Francis (32) SP:  June 8, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.  Originally signed by Colorado in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.

This Canadian is 2nd in most Pitching Categories ALL – Time for the franchise to Aaron Cook.  He started Game #1 of the 2007 World Series versus the Boston Red Sox.

He was signed midway through last season to help the team with depth.  Francis is on his last legs in the Majors.  He is 2 – 5, with a 6.55 ERA in his 11 Game Starts this year. 

Adam Ottavino (27) RP: April 3, 2012: Selected off waivers by the Colorado Rockies from the St. Louis Cardinals.  Picking up this Reliever has been a good move by Rockies management.

In 137 IP, covering 2012 – 2013 for Colorado, Ottavino is 5 – 3, with a 3.89 ERA.  This year he has been great, hovering in low 3′s for ERA at (3.02) and has fanned 65 Batters in 59.2 IP.

Great pickup by the club, and St. Louis might want to have this guy back.

Edgmer Escalona (26) RP:  Signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2004.  In brief Appearances during 2010 and 2011, Escalona looked great, and had an under 2 ERA.

Since then, he has been struggling.  holding a 6.04 ERA in 22 Appearances in 2012, and now has a 5.65 clip for his 43 IP. 

Rafael Betancourt (38) RP: July 23, 2009: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Colorado Rockies for Connor Graham (minors).

Betancourt has anchored the club as its Closer since the departure of Huston Street.  he has a 13 – 9 Rockies record, and has an impressive 2.97 ERA and 56 Saves in 233.1 IP.

Even more awesome is hit 0.994 WHIP carried during his tenure with Colorado.  Betancourt also has a better than 6 – 1 SO to Walk Ratio.  He fans 10.5/Per 9 IP and only walks 1.7/Per 9 IP.

Unfortunately, Betancourt is sidelined right now from appendicitis. 

Connor Graham (27) Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 5th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH).  Is playing with Long Island in the IND league.

The Rockies crushed the Indians on this trade.  Betancourt will earn a total of $16.25 MIL in his 2010 – 2013 extension from the club, and also has a Team Option for 2014 ($4.25 MIL),

Matt Belisle (33) RP: February 1, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.  This man from Austin Texas has been one of the most underrated relievers in the NL for his time there.

Belisle is 28 – 23 with a 3.64 ERA in 331.1 IP and has a WHIP of 1.222 with the team.  He led the NL in Appearances in 2012 with 80. 

In a concerning stat, he has gone up in ERA the last 4 years:  2.93 in 2010, 3.25 in 2011, 3.74 in 2012 and now has a 4.15 this season.  He is in the 3rd year of a 3 YR/$10.48 MIL deal.

There is a contract Mutual Option for $4.25 MIL in 2014, 

Wilton Lopez (30) RP: December 4, 2012: Traded by the Houston Astros with a player to be named later to the Colorado Rockies for Alex Gillingham (minors) and Alex White.

The Houston Astros sent Jose Monzon (minors) (May 1, 2013) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.

Lopez has thrown 56 IP of the Bullpen for the Rockies this year, with a 4.50 ERA. 

Jose Monzon (21)  This guy is really struggling in A- ball (Tri-City), hitting .205/.311/,542 in 39 AB so far in 2013.

Alex Gillingham (23) SP?RP:  For the Lancaster of the A+ California League, this man has only thrown 8 IP so far, holding a 11.25 ERA

Alex White (24) RP:  underwent Tommy John Surgery in Apr of 2013 for the Astros.

This trade is very minor, however the Rockies are in the lead for sure, considering Lopez is the only player in the Majors and contributing.

July 30, 2011: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with a player to be named later, Joseph Gardner (minors) and Matt McBride to the Colorado Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez.

The Cleveland Indians sent Drew Pomeranz (August 16, 2011) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.

Joseph Gardner (25) RP: is playing with Tulsa (Rockies AA affiliate).  He is 4 – 3, with a 4.91 ERA in 26 Games out of the Relief Core.

Matt McBride (28) 1B/OF is tearing it up with the Colorado Sky Springs – sporting an OPS of 1.042 this year.

Drew Pomeranz (24)  SP:  has been brutal in 2013 so far.  He is currently on the DL with left bicep tendinitis.

The Left – Handed former 1st round pick for the Indians (2010) is 4 – 14, with a 5.40 ERA.  He has a long way to come before he is a regular Starter for the Rockies.

Ubaldo Jimenez (29) SP: Signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2001.  Jimenez is 21 – 28, with a 4.91 overall with Cleveland, although he is throwing better in the 2013 season.

The man from the Dominican Republic, is 8 – 7. with a 4.11 ERA in 23 Game Starts for the Tribe in 2013. 

He has shown glimpses of his 2010 form, where he finished 3rd in NL MVP Voting for the Rockies, with a 19 – 8 year that included a no – hitter thrown.

There is no doubt that the Indians should pick up his 2014 Team Option for $8 MIL next year.

You have to give this one to the Indians right now.  There is a lot of time for the Rockies to win on this deal though.

Rex Brothers (24) RP:  Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (34th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.

Brothers was maybe the biggest NL ALL – Star snub at the game this year.  Come on people, at the time, he had an ERA under 1 in over 35 IP for a reliever (again that throws at Coors Field for his home park).

Brothers still has a 1.49 ERA in over 50 IP, has 10 Saves, and a WHIP of 1.241 this campaign.  He is under team control under the 2018 year.

Manny Corpas (30) RP: January 9, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.  Originally Drafted by the Rockies as an amateur free agent in 1999.

Corpas is providing a decent option out of the Bullpen – yielding a 1.283 WHIP (not bad for a reliever whose home park is in COL). 

He is not as good as he was in 1st turnaround, yet he may earn himself another contract by years end. 

Josh Outman (28) RP: January 16, 2012: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Guillermo Moscoso to the Colorado Rockies for Seth Smith.

Outman is 2 – 0, with a 4.01 ERA in 42 GP and has 45 SO in 42.2 IP.  He has actually thrown well at Coors Field (3.18 ERA) oppose to 4.94 on the road in a near equal amount of innings.

Guillermo Moscoso (29) RP: November 2, 2012: Selected off waivers by the Kansas City Royals from the Colorado Rockies. Moscoso carried a 6.12 ERA ib 50 IP with the Rox until he was claimed by SF.

Seth Smith June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft.

Seth Smith, 30,  was really good in his time for Colorado (.275/.348/.833 with 51 HRs and 181 RBI in 1285 AB), for Oakland:  (.247/.327/.729 – with 20 HRs and 87 RBI in 697 AB).

This trade is too early to tell, however Smith’s bat has been missed in Denver.

Roy Oswalt (35) SP: May 2, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.  It was a nice try for the club to pick up the Veteran RHP, however he is on the DL with a strained hamstring. 

The former ALL – Star, lost all 4 starts for his new team, logging a 7.64 ERA in 17.2 IP.  He was able to fan 23 batters in this time. Oswalt may not pitch again for Colorado.

All Transactions Dates/Salaries were provided by http://www.baseballreference.com

Jorge De La Rosa was acquired in 2008 for Ramon Ramirez going back the other way for KC.   If the Colorado pitcher keeps this up, he may be in the running for NL Comeback Player of the Year.

Jorge De La Rosa was acquired in 2008 for Ramon Ramirez going back the other way for KC. If the Colorado pitcher keeps this up, he may be in the running for NL Comeback Player of the Year this campaign.  This move in 2009 helped balance out the Shawn Chacon trade from 2005, where the Rockies retained Ramon Ramirez in return.  After a decent 2006 campaign, Ramirez had an 8.31 ERA on the 2007 squad – before being shipped for the LHP.  De La Rosa, 32,  who has gone 50 – 34 in his Rockies Career with 4.22 ERA, may be a Free Agent after this year.  But, you have to think the club will pick up the Team Option for $11 MIL in 2014 if he stays healthy..

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