How All Of The Rockies Hitters Were Acquired Onto The Roster + Analysis: Fall 2013

Coors Field is still a hitting haven.  While the averages have all dipped approximately 10% since the Humidor was placed into the facility over a decade ago, it still remains the premiere place for any of the MLB'ers to bat.  Some of the organizational players will not hit as good on the road, with playing in the NL West, in cavernous parks like Dodger Stadium, Petco Park and AT & T Park, however the weight will only affect their overall numbers away from the thin air.  Historic players like Larry Walker and Todd Helton displayed good road numbers, despite their gawdy home statistics, however they will never be looked in the same eye.  In today's post, we will examine how all of the hitters were acquired, tracking the teams Drafting and Trading Record in the process.  We will also include all of their home and road splits.

Coors Field is still a hitting haven. While the averages have all dipped approximately 10% since the Humidor was placed into the facility over a decade ago, it still remains the premiere place for any of the MLB’ers to bat. Some of the organizational players will not hit as good on the road, with playing in the NL West, in cavernous parks like Dodger Stadium, Petco Park and AT & T Park, however the weight will only affect their overall numbers away from the thin air – and not their overall stats. Historic players like Larry Walker and Todd Helton displayed good road numbers, despite their gawdy home statistics, however they will never be looked in the same eye. In today’s post, we will examine how all of the hitters were acquired, tracking the teams Drafting and Trading Record in the process. We will also include all of their home and road splits.

How All Of The Rockies Hitters 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 Hitters.

For all of the Rosters, Depth Charts, State of the Unions and Salaries that we do, please visit our dedicated page link here.

Todd Helton Retirement Announcement:

Helton is also the Active Leader in Doubles with 591.  He also is a top 5 active leader for 3 other categories listed in charts below.  While he has thrived in Coors Field, the man has also been one of the best professional hitters in the MLB over the last 15 years.  Helton heads into his last weekend of a great career just 5 Extra Base Hits Short of 1000.

Helton is also the Active Leader in Doubles with 591. He also is a top 5 active leader for 3 other categories listed in charts below. While he has thrived in Coors Field, the man has also been one of the best professional hitters in the MLB over the last 15 years. Helton heads into his last weekend of a great career just 5 Extra Base Hits Short of 1000.  The now 40 Year Old had his best campaign of his career in 2000, when he hit .400 all the way into August, and put together one of the best offensive years in MLB History.  Helton had a .372/.463/1.168 3 Slash line – with 47 HRs, 59 – Doubles and 147 RBI.

Todd Helton (40) 1B: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 1995 amateur draft. 

The former back up to Peyton Manning in Football at the University of Tennessee replaced Rockies great Andres Galarraga in 1998, finishing 2nd in Rookie of the Year Voting.

This man was a great Draft Pick, and has 2516 Career Hits.

Coors Field Career: 3 Slash .345/.441/1.047 – with 226 HRs and 856 RBI in 4035 AB.

Road Career: .287/.386/.857 – with 145 HRs and 547 RBI in 3913 AB.

Wilin Rosario (24) C:  Signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2006.

This young Catcher finished 4th in NL Rookie of The Year Voting in 2012, with 28 HRs and 71 RBI in 396 AB.  He may turn out to be the best power hitting backstopper of this new generation when all is said and done.

Coors Field Career:  .287/.329/.866 – 29 HRs and 93 RBI in 458 AB.

Road Career:  .265/.289/.756 – 23 HRs and 65 RBI in 441 AB.

D.J. LeMahieu (25) 2B/3B: December 8, 2011: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Tyler Colvin to the Colorado Rockies for Casey Weathers (minors) and Ian Stewart.

This trade is going to be one sided by the time it is over, based on the ineptness of Ian Stewart in Chicago.  Stewart hit .201/.292/.627 – with 5 HRs and 17 RBI in 179 for the Cubs.

However the former Rockies player was released earlier this year from comments made directly towards inflaming the Cubs management brass for how he was treated.

Stewart has since signed as a free Agent with the Dodgers.  He made $2 MIL in 2013 for riding the bus in the Minor Leagues.

D.J. Lemahieu Colorado Rockies numbers:  .286/.319/.699 – with 4 HRs and 50 RBI in 629 AB. 

2013 Splits:  Coors Field:  .311/.348/.768 3 Slash Line:  Road, .245/.270/.568.

Ian Stewart 2B/3B: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2003 amateur draft.

Casey Weathers was Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (8th) of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN).

Tyler Colvin (27) OF/1B: After a promising 2012 campaign, with a .290 BA, with a .858 OPS, 18 HRs in 136 Games in 2012, Colvin hit .160 with just 3 HRs and 27 Strikeouts in 75 Plate Appearances this year.

Colvin was DFA’d – without earlier this year without any of the clubs picking him up.  He is back in the Minor Leagues for Colorado now.  The man has 21 HRs and 82 RBI in 499 AB with the Rockies since coming over. 

Hit OPS is still at .799 despite his anemic play this season.

Overall the trade was still an absolute win, when you consider LeMahieu is a productive everyday player.

Troy Tulowitzki is one of the best all-round shortstops in baseball. he plays Gold Glove caliber defense, and he actually hits well pretty much anywhere whether home (.935 OPS) and Away (.819 OPS).  The team always plays better with their franchise Shortstop is in the lineup - and they have a punchers chance to compete in their Division

Troy Tulowitzki is one of the best all-round shortstops in baseball. he plays Gold Glove caliber defense, and he actually hits well pretty much anywhere whether home (.935 OPS) and Away (.819 OPS). The team always plays better with their franchise Shortstop is in the lineup – and they have a punchers chance to compete in their Division.

Troy Tulowitzki (28) SS: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.

The club is actually 434 – 432 in the games that Tulowitzki has played in.  They are routinely a .400 team without the man in the lineup.

Another great Draft Pick!

Coors Field Numbers:  .314/.387/.935 – with 85 HRs and 314 RBI in 1636 AB.

Road Numbers:  .276/.348/.819 – with 70 HRs and 237 RBI in 1609 AB.

Nolan Arenado (22) 3B: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2009 amateur draft.

Coors Field Numbers: .294/.332/.786 – 5 HRs and 33 RBI in 238 AB.

Road Numbers:  .240/.270/.627 – 5 HRs and 17 RBI in 233 AB.

Carlos Gonzalez is latest in the long list of players to take advantage of the thin air in Denver.  CARGO has destroyed the cover off of the ball at a 3 Slash Line of .339/.403/1.033 - with 79 HRs and 253 RBI in just 1168 (or the equivalency of playing 2 full seasons at Coors Field.  His road 3 Slash is .269/.324/.774 - with 48 HRs and 148 RBI in 1248 AB.  To be fair, 2013 he has evolved to hit everywhere finally, sporting a .987 OPS on the Road - to a .930 mark at home.

Carlos Gonzalez is latest in the long list of players to take advantage of the thin air in Denver. CARGO has destroyed the cover off of the ball at a 3 Slash Line of .339/.403/1.033 – with 79 HRs and 253 RBI in just 1168 (or the equivalency of playing 2 full seasons at Coors Field. His road 3 Slash is .269/.324/.774 – with 48 HRs and 148 RBI in 1248 AB. To be fair, 2013 he has evolved to hit everywhere finally, sporting a .987 OPS on the Road – to a .930 mark at home.

Carlos Gonzalez (27) OF: November 10, 2008: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Greg Smith and Huston Street to the Colorado Rockies for Matt Holliday.

CARGO Colorado numbers:  .307/.368/.920 – with 121 HRs and 393 RBI in 2255 AB.  He won the Batting Title in 2010, with a .336 BA.  His splits were really one-sided, before he has started to crush it on the road this year.

To see what the splits used to be like, we wrote 2 articles last year here, and here.

2013 Splits:  Coors Field:  .273/.354/.930 – 12 HRs and 42 RBI. Road: .332/.381/.987 – 14 HRs and 28 RBI. 

We have seen a maturing of a young hitter.  This is a great sign.  Now only if he and Tulowitzki could stay on the field at the same time.

For the course of evaluating the trade, the Rockies did very well against the Athletics in the trade.  Oakland only did well in flipping Matt Holliday to St. Louis.

Greg Smith (29) RP April 4, 2011: Released by the Colorado Rockies.  Smith was 1 – 2, with a 6.23 ERA in 39 IP for the Rox.

Huston Street  (33) RP: December 7, 2011: Traded by the Colorado Rockies with cash to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. The San Diego Padres sent Nick Schmidt (minors) (December 9, 2011) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.

Street was 9 – 9, with 84 Saves and a 3.50 ERA for the Rockies during his stint. 

Street has a dazzling 2.19 ERA and 54 Saves in his 94.2 IP for the Padres so far.

Matt Holliday (33) OF: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the 1998 amateur draft.

Holliday hit .286/.378/.831 – 11 HRs and 54 RBI in 346 AB – before being traded to St. Louis.

In the trade of Holliday for CARGO, Street and Smith, I am giving the nod to the Rockies.

In the trade of Huston Street for Nick Schmidt, I have to go with the San Diego Padres on this one. Schmidt is still struggling in Colorado of the PCL, while Street has played well in California.

Nick Schmidt SP:  Nick is 5 – 3, with a 4.71 For the AAA Colorado Sky Springs.

Dexter Fowler (27) OF: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

Fowler has been a force at Coors Field for his Career:  .298/.395/.880 – 27 HRs and 146 RBI in 1129 AB.  Road: .241/.333/.694 – 14 HRs and 99 RBI in 1119 AB.

Michael Cuddyer (34) OF/3B/1B: December 16, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.(3 YR/$31.5 MIL deal – with additional $1.5 MIL incentives for 2014 contract.

This has been a good FA Signing for the club.  Cuddyer leads the NL with a .335 BA heading into the last 5 games of the year.

2013 Home 3 Slash: .356/.413/.999 – 11 HRs and 45 RBI in 222 AB.  Road: .318/.375/.873 – 9 HRs and 39 RBI in 255 AB.

Josh Rutledge (24) 2B/SS:  Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 3rd round of the 2010 amateur draft.

Rutledge Career Numbers – Coors Field: .269/.318/.756 – 10 HRs and 31 RBI in 283 AB.  Road:  .239/.278/.648 – 5 HRs and 25 RBI in 268 AB.

Jonathan Herrera 2B/SS/3B:  Signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2002.

Herrera is one of the rare guys that hits pretty much the same on the road as at home:  Coors Field:  .266/.331/.673 – 5 HRs and 34 RBI in 466 AB. Road:  .263/.318/.641 3 HRs and 32 RBI in 513 AB.

Yorvit Torrealba (35) C: January 24, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.

The Veteran Catcher has hit .239/.295/.573 for the club, and has backed up Rosario well.  Because he was once a Rockies player in the day, I will give his career Coors Field numbers in comparison to his Career Totals.

Career Totals Line:  .256/.315/.694.

Coors Field:  .280/.335/.754.

Charlie Blackmon (26)1B/PH:  Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Coors Field:  .344/.374/.850 – 5 HRs and 22 RBI in 212 AB.

Road:  .246/.274/.647 – 4 HRs and 16 RBI in 228 AB.

Corey Dickerson (24) OF/PH: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 8th round of the 2010 amateur draft.

Coors Field:  .307/.365/1.012 – 4 HRs and 12 RBI in 88 AB.

Road:  .245/.283/.610 – 1 HR and 5 RBI in 98 AB.

Charlie Culberson (24) 2B/PH/OF:  July 27, 2012: Traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Colorado Rockies for Marco Scutaro and cash.

Charlie Culberson has seen some limited play this season, hitting for a 3 Slash of .303/.327/.750 – with 2 HRs and 12 RBI in 89 AB in 2013.

This trade may end up helping out both clubs.  Scutaro re-signed with the Giants after his World Series heroics. 

Culberson is under Team Control until 2019, and is 13 years younger than the Giant Second Baseman.

Marco Scutaro (37) 2B/SS/3B:  January 21, 2012: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Colorado Rockies for Clayton Mortensen.

Without Marco Scutaro during the second half of the 2012 season who knows if the Giants would've gone nearly as far as they did. He hit a very impressive .362 since joining the Giants in July. He hit a new NLCS record .500 during the 2012 NLCS. Resigning him was definitely a priority for the Giants so signing him through 2015 on a 3 yr./$20,000,000 was huge for both sides of the deal.

Without Marco Scutaro during the second half of the 2012 season who knows if the Giants would’ve gone nearly as far as they did. He hit a very impressive .362 after joining the Giants in July. He hit a new NLCS record .50.  Scutaro parlayed his success to  a  new 3 yr./$20,000,000 deal with the Giants.  Charlie Culberson was the player going back to the Rockies.

Marco Scutaro lit the world on fire for the Giants in 2012.  Having said that, he was on the last year of his contract, and a lot of other teams thought he was using Coors Field to spike his numbers in early 2012.

Clayton Mortensen January 24, 2011: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Colorado Rockies for Ethan Hollingsworth (minors).

Ethan Hollingsworth Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI).

Todd Helton is both a great fielder and awesome offensive player.  I am sincerely hoping the Baseball Hall of Fame Voters will take a long look at his chance to make the Hall.  He was as clutch as it gets.  Yes, there was a Coors Field Advantage, but you simply can't punish a person so much for the park he played in.  His OBP sits at .414, he possessed both power and Average at the plate.  Helton was a 5 time ALL - Star, a 4 time Silver Slugger and won 3 Gold Gloves.  Whatever happens - it has been a privilege watching #17 play for all of these years.

Todd Helton is both a great fielder and awesome offensive player. (.317/.414/.953 with 368 HRs, 1408 RBI and 1400 Runs Scored. I am sincerely hoping the Baseball Hall of Fame Voters will take a long look at his chance to make the Hall. Included in his totals, were back to back 100 XBH+ years in 2000 and 2001.  He was as clutch as it gets. Yes, there was a Coors Field Advantage, but you simply can’t punish a person so much for the park he played in. His OBP is really high, and he only Struckout he possessed both power and Average at the plate. Helton was a 5 time ALL – Star, a 4 time Silver Slugger and won 3 Gold Gloves. Whatever happens – it has been a privilege watching #17 play for all of these years.

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