How All Of The Rockies Pitchers Were Acquired
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How All Of The Rockies Pitchers Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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
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 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.
We will delve into the hitters next week, today is about the throwers
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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),
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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