Time for the Rockies to Start a Trend

Trevor Story

Remember last year when Kris Bryant ripped apart the Cactus League only to be sent to AAA to delay his service time clock? George Springer delayed until April 16, 2015? Bryce Harper April 28, 2012? Jordan Zimmermann April 20th, 2009? Evan Longoria April 8th, 2008?

I’m NOT comparing Trevor Story to these guys. But on a bad team, with a black hole at SS, he has earned the job from Opening Day. The Rox could (and should) make the bold move of giving him what he has earned. Could it cost the Rox down the road? Sure, it “could.” But what if it earns the Rox a little street cred with Agents? Heaven forbid, what if the Rox earned a reputation of being fair with young players. What if Story proves to be legit and the Club approaches him two years down the road with a Club friendly deal to buy out his arbitration years? Think maybe he might remember the Rox did the right thing?

Lots of questions here. The Rox should dare to be bold.

87 Comments

    • Pooter

      March 16, 2016

      Off topic as well but did you all see that Juan Nicasio struck out 10 batters in 4 innings today!! Has not allowed an earned run in spring.

      Also, Eric Young Jr. is batting .370 for the spring with an OPS of 781!

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      • sdcarp

        March 16, 2016

        Nicasio was miscast as a SP. Had he been slotted in as a reliever, he might still be here.

        Unfortunately, this happens (miscasting RP as SP) all to frequently here. I think it might be happening to Eddie Butler now. Dare I say……It might be happening to Jon Gray as well (go ahead and pooh-pooh me….I can take it).

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        • Bob K.

          March 16, 2016

          Apparently the Pirates disagree with you since they are stretching him out as an SP.

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          • sdcarp

            March 17, 2016

            I have a lot of respect for the Pirates….so I’m not arguing with them!

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          • sdcarp

            March 21, 2016

            Bob K – 5IP, 8Ks for Nicasio today. I believe that’s 15 IP, 24Ks so far this spring. I don’t believe he’s allowed a run.

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            • Bob K.

              March 21, 2016

              His end results were good today but he would not have gone much deeper in the game with 5 hits, 2 walks and men on base every inning. He is now up to 5 walks in his 15 innings pitched. Nicasio may well be this year’s Pirates reclamation project that makes good.

              It never was going to happen the way the Rockies handle pitchers.

              I hope you are right in the Rockies dumping Weiss this year. It is my opinion that he does not have any idea how to manage a pitching staff and apparently ignores the people who should know how.

            • Bob K.

              March 30, 2016

              Nicasio made the SP rotation with the Pirates.

    • sdcarp

      March 17, 2016

      Some interesting results from today’s ST game vs. the Halos (I’m back in CO, so these are simply box score observations):

      Gray goes 4 IP. Only needed 55 pitches. Only one BB. Hopefully he threw at least a few curve balls. A Bettis/Gray/Lyles/JDLR/Chatwood (setting aside my personal opinion about managing him) rotation is not awful. In fact, if they can stay generally healthy, I can see it being a park adjusted “average” National League rotation.

      Way under the radar, Jason Gurka had another good outing. When he was called up last year, I did some research of his minor league stats. He had some good “peripherals.” Great control. I was cautiously optimistic. Then he was torched in his first appearance. He deserves another shot. I’m willing to bet he’s better than Loone Bogan.

      Tapia 1 for 1 off the bench. He’s hanging around a long time.

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      • Bob K.

        March 17, 2016

        It really doesn’t take much to be better than Boone Logan.

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    • Agbayani

      March 17, 2016

      Carp, I noticed that too in the gameday feed — looked like Gray was sharp. I kept waiting last year for that one dominant start that would make us all say o.k., maybe he is a future ace after all. I do think it’ll come early this year. On the other hand, they dragged Hoffman over from minor league camp and he got torched. Oh well, plenty of time for him. Gameday pitch-by-pitch had the velocity numbers: Gray 94-96, Hoffman up to 97 (maybe a little too amped today). Promising all around. And with Boone hurting again, the door is open for Gurka and/or Flande. Gurka seems to be the lefty specialist type we’ve been missing since Rex Brothers flamed out, so let’s hope he makes it.

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    • Agbayani

      March 17, 2016

      Miguel Castro: 98-99 pitching the 9th today. Carp, I’m think you were right here may be right here – he may be a great fit in the bullpen.

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      • sdcarp

        March 17, 2016

        I think so (Bull Pen). The major league game had evolved so much in the post-PED era. There’s no shame in being slotted to the BP, even early in a career. The value of high leverage relievers is at an all-time high. If there’s a kid with a power arm that is struggling to find a 3rd and/or 4th pitch……so be it. Keep it simple. Let them fling it from the Pen.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      March 17, 2016

      Don’t forget we have Eddie Butler, German Marquez, andAntonio Senzatela. Half of me says put Senz in AAA but half of me says AA. Senz had been impressive in camp. When I saw him on MLB.tv he had pinpoint control and stayed out of fat part of the plate.

      I’m just pointing them out cuz inevitably at least two or three SPs will hit the DL during the season.

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      • sdcarp

        March 18, 2016

        Chris Rusin, and even our old friend Johan Flande, is out there also.

        Here’s what “should” happen (again, I’m setting aside my personal feelings about managing Chatwood’s health);

        Jake McGee
        Jason Motte
        Justin Miller
        Chad Qualls
        Jason Gurka
        Miguel Castro
        Boone Logan
        Johan Flande

        Chad Bettis
        JDLR
        Jon Gray
        Jordan Lyles
        Tyler Chatwood

        I’m not listing Chris Rusin (yet) because I’m guessing he’ll need some extra time due to his (mild) injury. I’m also not listing Scott Oberg because I don’t believe he belongs here, but someone in the Rox organization seems to love the guy. Same applies to Boone Logan…..so I conceded and listed him.

        So let’s think about key people beginning the season in ABQ:

        Scott Oberg
        Chris Rusin
        Eddie Butler (he should pitch some in relief….I think he has a chance as a RP)
        German Marquez
        David Hale (assuming he clears waivers – I can’t imagine we wouldn’t).
        eventually Tyler Anderson
        Carlos Estevez
        Sam Moll

        For the record, I’m writing off Matzek as a Rockie. The young man needs a change of scenery.

        What’s interesting to me is when you look at it holistically and be realistic with a few of the key pieces (Matzek, Anderson, Boone Logan, Chatwood), you can see that even though we’ve made strides, we’re still thin at the Major League and AAA levels. I definitely “get” the German Marquez part of the Dickerson trade. We’ve sort of evolved to the point where trade targets should be AAA type pitchers and offense.

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        • Bob K.

          March 18, 2016

          While Rusin may start the season on the DL, he won’t be starting in Albuquerque because he is out of options.

          I see you made your list without any regard to the 40 man roster or out of option players.

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          • sdcarp

            March 18, 2016

            Bob – I purposely disregarded the 40 man roster, because I still believe we’re carrying several non-worthy players. However, I frequently lose track of options, so that’s (Rusin) a mistake on my part. Sorry about that.

            Knowing our penchant for injuries, I suspect Rusin will be contributing on the Major League Roster by May. I suppose they’ll keep him on the DL and in extended ST until that time.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      March 17, 2016

      Even knowing that we have a bad team, I can’t wait anymore for OD! So I’m jumping the gun with my projected OD lineup:

      Blackmon CF
      LeMahieu 2B
      CarGo RF
      Arenado 3B
      Reynolds/Paulsen 1B
      Parra LF
      Hundley C
      Adames SS until past minimum time to delay service time for Story
      Pitcher

      bench – Reynolds/Paulsen, Ynoa (until Story arrives then DFA replaced by Adames), Garneau (let Murphy play everyday at AAA), Raburn, and Barnes (useful for late inning defensive replacement)

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    • sdcarp

      March 18, 2016

      Are any of you guys and girls following this CWS/Adam LaRoche saga? It’s getting ugly fast!

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      • roxnsox

        March 19, 2016

        I know the basics. While I can see that kids should not become clubhouse regulars to the apparent extent that this boy has, and it’s an extreme decision in some ways by LaRoche, I am really disappointed in the vitriolic disbelief directed at him for making this choice. “How could he leave $13 million on the table? Idiot!” #familyfirst

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        • sdcarp

          March 19, 2016

          Certainly seems like it could have been handled better by the Sox.

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    • Bob K.

      March 18, 2016

      Eddie Butler and Tom Murphy sent to minor league camp.

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    • sdcarp

      March 18, 2016

      Very nice, effective 4 IP from Jordan Lyles today, on the heels of Gray’s nice 4 IP yesterday.

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    • Agbayani

      March 22, 2016

      Gray: we all heard that he was shelving the curve for now. I checked the gameday pitch-by-pitch after his last appearanace. It was 100% fastballs and sliders. So that off-speed 3rd pitch thing is still a work in progress. Carp, as you’ve said, that’ll be the difference between him being a reliever – and maybe a very good one – vs. a front-end of the rotation starter. I’m thinking it’s more likely at this point that he starts the season in Albuquerque to work on that 3rd pitch with Rusin grabbing the final starter spot.

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      • sdcarp

        March 22, 2016

        It is a HUGE (or YUGE as Bernie Sanders says) mistake to scrap the curve. YUGE! The Rockies minor league pitcher development is disgustingly bad. Take a look at this Mark Wiley character’s coaching history profile (Wiley is our pitching “guru”). It’s basically awful, with a couple of blips of average. In the meantime, the Pirate’s Ray Seargage is about to turn Juan Nicasio into a serviceable #5 for them.

        Take a long, hard look at Carlos Rodon (CWS – 3rd overall pick in the 2014 draft) versus Gray (3rd overall pick in 2013 draft). Rodon has already zoomed past Gray and is on the cusp of being a top 25 SP.

        It’s very discouraging to say the least. But….accountability isn’t a requirement to be a long time member of the Blake Street Clown Show.

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    • sdcarp

      March 22, 2016

      Now our boy Jon Gray is headed for an MRI. Likely Abdominal injury while fielding, turning, and throwing to 2nd.

      Typically, at bare minimum, these Ab injuries take at least 2 weeks of total down time. Then a slow buildup (or re-build). My guess is that he’s lost for 4 weeks minimum. 6 weeks is probably a better guess, 8 weeks wouldn’t shock me. Let’s take the 6 week option for sake of discussion. That means he comes back early May. Probably misses 4 starts. That should be enough to eliminate any IP management drama from the discussion.

      It also puts our old friends Flande, Rusin, and Bergman back in the spotlight. Rusin probably won’t be ready until mid-April. It’s cliche, but true, you can’t have too much SP.

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    • Agbayani

      March 22, 2016

      I’m no kid, but I’m pretty damn sure I can grab a ball, swivel, and throw without having a hernia. Pretty much every pitcher is a wuss these days. (I’m now officially channeling Ed the Ump.) That’s why a guy like Bumgarner is worth his weight in gold. 200 + innings pitched 5 years in a row, and that’s not counting lots of playoff/WS innings. I’m sure he’s “felt something” from time to time when he swings for the fences or “swivels to throw (wildly) toward 2B” but he apparently shakes it off and manages to put in full seasons. Meanwhile, Tyler Anderson – a guy on the verge of DL’ing himself into oblivion – is also on the shelf with an “I felt something” variety of injury. If Gray’s injury had happened a couple weeks from now I’m sure someone would be blaming the altitude. Who the hell is our strength and conditioning coach anyway? Why does he still have a job?

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      • Pooter

        March 23, 2016

        Totally agree Ag. Can you see Nolan Ryan back in the day feeling something and reporting this to his trainers? I would like to think if I were in Gray’s position my arm would have to fall off before I would report anything to the trainers. I don’t mean to sound like a meat head but I don’t think true ace/bulldog type pitchers would go on the DL for this type of thing.

        This attitude is why he will never be an ace and just another Pomeranz.

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        • sdcarp

          March 23, 2016

          The attitude, but more importantly, the fact that he can only throw two pitches (which he can’t consistently command) are the reason he’s taken the wrong fork in the road.

          “Keith Law” are two really hated words amongst Rox fans (and I sort of get it). That being said, Law recently dropped Gray from his top 100 Prospects. Law’s reasoning – entering professional year 3, Gray still only has two pitches and has seen a drop in velocity. This is one time I’m not arguing with Law.

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      • roxnsox

        March 23, 2016

        Equally, people rip players for keeping quiet about injuries, leading to long-term shelving or worse. So which is it? (And how do you know how severe this is, that you are ripping the kid? I don’t like it, Ag. But the coach comment has merit.)

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        • Agbayani

          March 25, 2016

          OK, Roxnsox, you have a point – I don’t know what’s wrong with Gray, and I’ll really look like a fool if it turns out to be something serious. Maybe I just feel as if the Rockies culture over the years has turned into less of “I have to try every way possible to stay on the field so the team can compete” to “I better watch out for myself first, particularly since this team isn’t going anywhere with or without me.” It may be unfair to put that on young guys like Gray and Tyler Anderson, but I think it was definitely the case in recent years with guys like Tulo (who said as much when he pulled the plug on his 2014 season). Years and years of being noncompetitive may do that to you …

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          • roxnsox

            March 25, 2016

            Ag, these are very good points as well. Sad commentary on the possible mindset(s) in their culture. Hope not. Also, I apologize for calling you out. That’s not my place or my (usual) way.

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        • Doc

          March 24, 2016

          Thanks for the link, sdcarp–interesting that they were talking about this last year and still…

          I’m thinking the culture that needs to change is the attitude of the organization– win every 5-6 years is horse puckey. The underlying message in the dugout is we’re cursed. I would imagine it’s easier to endure the process if you’re on the DL. Dugger babies them and management condones it. Doesn’t sound like a winning attitude to me. Poor us but we’ll party on. The real curse is being drafted by Monfort.

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    • sdcarp

      March 24, 2016

      Sometimes (ok – maybe many times) I’m the driver of the “Criticize the Rockies Front Office” bandwagon. But I like to think I’m fair and willing to point things the Rox do right. With that in mind, I ran across this story today via several different media outlets:

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/03/diamondbacks-seek-pursue-new-ballpark-chase-field-rumors.html

      It blows my mind that the DBacks think (right or wrong) that Chase Field is obsolete, and it highlights just how elite Coors Field is, even 23 years after it opened. For all their on-the-field failures, Ownership has done a great job of systematically maintaining and upgrading Coors. It’s not an accident that LoDo has exploded and is some of the hottest Real Estate in the United States. Bravo Rockies!

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      • Doc

        March 24, 2016

        Hey, Carp, rest easy, my friend. You may be the bus driver, but your bus is full of true believers who believe the Rox would be a much better team with new ownership. Please don’t feel obligated to congratulate them on having the best party-park in the NL. It only proves they’re in baseball for the money and not for the love of the game. As a passenger on the bus, I’d much rather listen to you feed me factual baseball information, as you have over the years, instead of looking for ways to divert our attention away from their less than sterling stewardship.

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        • roxnsox

          March 25, 2016

          Anyone’s feelings about party decks aside, it’s great to have a clean, well-maintained baseball park. I don’t think there’s any diversionary tactic here by carp.

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          • sdcarp

            March 25, 2016

            “I don’t think there’s any diversionary tactic here by carp.”

            You are correct Roxnsox. I’ll be back ranting soon, very soon.

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    • sdcarp

      March 25, 2016

      Status update on Rox SP pitching (in ML or relatively close to ML) with just over a week to go to opening day:

      #1 – Chad Bettis. Looks good. Having a nice Spring. I believe he will be improved over last season.

      #2 – JDLR. Same old same old. Average pitcher at best. I think he’s far enough removed from his TJ surgery that we won’t see any post-op velocity improvements. Also, I think his TJ is recent enough that he should be good for 180-200 IP this season.

      #3 – Jordan Lyles. He can’t help but be better than last season, right? He’ll accomplish that simply by being generally healthy.

      #4 – Tyler Chatwood. As everyone knows, I think this is a mistake. But……WW has said he’ll be carefully “managed.” We’ll see about that.

      #5 – Christian Bergman/Yohan Flande/Chris Rusin. I actually like Rusin here, and think he’ll grab this spot once healthy.

      Wildcard – Jon Gray. Independent of his injury, he’s still attempting to be a SP with two pitches. Sadly, he can’t consistently command those two pitches. I’m not down on him because of his injury. I am down on him because of the lack of development.

      Waiting in the Wings:
      Eddie Butler – See Jon Gray above. Better served as a RP.

      Tyler Anderson – He needs a season of health. Nothing more, nothing less. If it were me, I’d send him to Asheville with the hope that he can regain health and confidence by facing low A batters.

      Kyle Freeland – not on the 40 man, but worth noting. See Tyler Anderson. He needs a year at AA.

      Jeff Hoffman – several scouts used the word “electric” to describe Hoffman’s stuff this Spring. He’s a great candidate for 120 IP at AA, then 40 IP in Denver.

      German Marquez – definitely AA. He’s also a candidate for Denver in September.

      Tyler Matzek – done.

      Harrison Musgrave – I’m not enthusiastic.

      Antonio Senzatela – from the management, advancement perspective, very similar to German Marquez IMO. Could see time in Denver in September.

      Matt Carasiti – seems like he’s been shifted to the BP. Probably a good move.

      Jesus Tinoco – while not on the 40 man roster, we will be Rule 5 eligible this Winter (so presumably he’s headed for the 40 man). There’s good reason to advance him as much as possible this year.

      Daniel Winkler – 7 2/3IP, 12K’s, 3.52 ERA for the Braves this Spring. What a mistake, but we can feel good about still having Rafael Ynoa.

      Juan Nicasio – 15 IP, 24K’s, 0.00 ERA this Spring for the Bucs.

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    • roxnsox

      March 26, 2016

      I’ve heard a lot about Mr. Story and seen a bit too (watching today – his 5th HR). I’d love your overall assessments. I sure like him. Is he a 5-tool guy? 4?

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      • sdcarp

        March 26, 2016

        I saw Story warm-up and play in ST. Physically, from the neck down, he’s a clone of Arenado. Strong, fast-twitch athlete. Like Arenado…..I rate him a 4 tool athlete (hit, hit for power, defense, arm)…….but average speed. Keep in mind speed and quickness aren’t necessarily related. Like Arenado, Story is plenty quick enough to defensively cover his position.

        The Scouts will sometime knock Story for making the difficult play and missing the routine play. That’s a common complaint with young players. Likely a function of concentration and discipline. Both of these are correctable.

        He’s gone through an adjustment period with each promotion. By that, I mean his BA tanks for a couple of months. However, the adjustment during his last promotion (to AAA) was shorter than the previous ones.

        Bottom line here is he should make the team. No service time monkey business. Then….the Rox have to stick with him if he struggles in April/May. It’s a perfect time to bring him up. We’re going to suck. Good time for him to learn and adjust.

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        • roxnsox

          March 27, 2016

          Thanks! Good info. I wondered about the 5 tools because the announcers said yesterday something like “he can fly” (as he was heading for a double, I believe).

          We’ve got us a good homegrown shortstop!

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          • sdcarp

            March 27, 2016

            I think he’s faster than Arenado. He can be an opportunistic base stealer. Maybe 12-15 per year. But in scouting lingo, I believe the “tool” jargon is reserved for much above average. I think his speed is probably “average” for a Major League SS.

            BTW……I could be flat wrong!

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            • Bob K.

              March 27, 2016

              Trevor Story is so much faster than Arenado that it isn’t funny. I would put Arenado in the same class as Helton when it comes to speed.

              Story of course is nowhere near Raimel Tapia in speed (who else on the Rockies is?) but I believe he has above average speed since he has been able to score from first when the batter hits a legitimate double.

    • sdcarp

      March 26, 2016

      In my 2016 prediction (BTW – everyone needs to make their predictions!), I stated that I believe DJ will more or less verify his 2015 numbers. If that occurs, I think he might become our most “tradable” player. I say because Christian Adames is a good athlete and Forest Wall is on the way and DJ is still cheap.

      This will be something to keep an eye on.

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    • sdcarp

      March 26, 2016

      shhhhhhhhh……don’t tell anyone, but Chad Bettis looked really good (again) today. Not Rockies good, any team good.

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      • Bob K.

        March 27, 2016

        You and I have a totally different view of what a good outing looks like. Bettie only went 5 1/3 inning. It took him 98 pitches to get that deep in the game. He did leave the game only having given up 2 runs but left with 2 men on base that Justin Miller quickly allowed to score making a total of 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings.

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        • sdcarp

          March 27, 2016

          Bob – you’re correct.

          What I saw was velocity, movement, differential velocity (meaning he could follow an 80 mph curve with a 95 mph fastball) and really good athleticism fielding his position. He also looked confident.

          I actually watched a replay last night. Looked to me (more with the benefit of hindsight and watching the 2nd time) that we was working on the curve and threw it more than he would in a regular season game.

          We’ll soon enough.

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    • sdcarp

      March 27, 2016

      Ladies and Gents – does Tony Wolters’s make the team?

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Dustin Garneau is out of options. Regardless, Garneau has a LONG minor league history. None of it suggests that he’s anything more than a backup C on a bad major league team (at best). Couple this with the fact that the Rox have Tom Murphy stashed in ABQ, Jackson Williams likely in Hartford, and really, really good Prospect Dom Nunez in Modesto. What I’m driving at is this……..I say keep Wolters with the Rockies. If Garneau doesn’t pass through waivers, so be it. It would be a loss, but not a great loss. (I’ll go even odds he’d pass through waivers and be reassigned within the Rox organization).

      Seems to me (at least for April), Wolters could catch once a week, and be a great late inning pinch hit/pinch run candidate the other days. If he’s overwhelmed, call Tom Murphy up in May when there are less days off/less weather postponements and Hundley needs 2 days a week off.

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      • Bob K.

        March 27, 2016

        To the best of my knowledge, Dustin Garneau has 3 options and Wolters has 2 options.

        http://rockiesroster.com/rockies/40-man/

        Ryan Casteel, Tom Murphy and Jackson Williams are all assigned as catchers to Albuquerque.

        Wolters has looked good at 2nd base and has hit well this spring.

        The impression that I get is that they are looking at adding Wolters as a utility player rather than as just the backup catcher.

        I am guessing that Ynoa doesn’t make the team (2 options) and that Wolters, Story and Adames do make the team. They could have had better flexibility (IMO) if they had not signed Mark Reynolds.

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        • Bob K.

          March 27, 2016

          I think Garneau and Paulsen both make the 25 man roster. The only problem I see with adding Wolters to the 25 man roster is his development would probably be better if he was playing daily instead of sitting on the bench.

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          • rockymountainhigh

            March 28, 2016

            AA level is the highest Wolters has gone. I’d play it safe and stash him in AAA and then bring him up permanently in late May.

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        • sdcarp

          March 28, 2016

          Good info regarding the options remaining.

          I hear what your saying regarding playing everyday. I can see that angle if they visualize Wolters as a Catcher. But if they visualize him as a unique, super-utility type, he can probably get the time now at the major league level.

          If I’m reading correctly, you’re advocating a bench of:

          1 of Paulsen/Reynolds
          1 of Barnes/Raburn
          Adames
          Garneau
          Wolters or Ynoa (I’d much rather see Wolters)

          12 pitchers (likely in early April with days off).

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    • Bob K.

      March 28, 2016

      I forgot about Raburn in my calculations. Because of his options I don’t think Ynoa has a chance of making the team. At this time Raburn isn’t even on the 40 man roster. I personally have not been impressed with Raburn. He appears to be strictly a platoon player against left handed pitchers. I am guessing that Raburn makes the team just because that is how the Rockies do business. That will probably leave Barnes in the minors because of his options.

      I believe the bench will be

      1 of Paulsen/Reynolds
      Raburn
      Adames
      Garneau
      Wolters

      Interestingly enough Spillbourghs was saying that Paulsen is a career .280 hitter against left handed hitting. He certainly came up with some huge hits against left handed pitching last year even if his average was lower than his career average.

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      • Bob K.

        March 28, 2016

        “nterestingly enough Spillbourghs was saying that Paulsen is a career .280 hitter against left handed hitting.” Obviously should be pitching and not hitting.

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        • rockymountainhigh

          March 28, 2016

          To let u know, if you discover a typo after posting, just click on “Edit” link right after the date/time stamp of your post. That way you don’t have to write another post to make the correction.

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          • Bob K.

            March 28, 2016

            Thanks for the information but I suspect that option is not available to me since I have never joined the site and am never logged in. I have never seen an “Edit” link and suspect that it is because of the above mentioned reasons.

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            • sdcarp

              March 28, 2016

              You do have to log-in Bob.

              Happens to me all the time when I visit using my iphone or ipad. I forget to sign-in with those devices.

          • roxnsox

            March 31, 2016

            I don’t see an Edit link and I’m logged in. ??

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            • rockymountainhigh

              March 31, 2016

              Don’t worry about this Edit link for now. I believe our website will be overhauled and be better. When? Don’t know yet.

    • rockymountainhigh

      March 28, 2016

      Ynoa & Schlitter optioned to minors. Looks like Adames & Tulo 2.7 are on the OD roster unless Tony Wolters somehow makes the team. But I remind you that Wolters has played up to AA at the highest level.

      I don’t think Raburn will make the team; he didn’t exactly knock down the door and he was signed to a minor league contract so no need to have him take away roster space.

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      • sdcarp

        March 28, 2016

        Thanks for the info RMH.

        I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again (and qualify it once again by saying I may be naïve) – but I think keeping Story with the big Club (because he flat out earned it) to start the year will pay off for the Rox in the long run. Players and Agents appreciate this. I’ll also say this sends a very encouraging message to guys like Tapia, Dahl, Hoffman, etc.

        If the Rox keep Story, Adames, and Wolters (first two look like shoe-ins), this is just about as “progressive” as any of us could have realistically hoped to Front Office would be.

        Did anyone catch the Bridich interview yesterday and see the graphics of the new fences at Coors? I have no doubt this is going to have a somewhat significant impact on HR’s. Seat-of-the-pants guess – 10-15% fewer HR’s. But it’s also going to make more triples. So I’m not sure how much it will impact runs scored.

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        • sdcarp

          March 29, 2016

          Footnote to my comment above. I say this:

          “If the Rox keep Story, Adames, and Wolters (first two look like shoe-ins), this is just about as “progressive” as any of us could have realistically hoped to Front Office would be.”

          I guess I’m one player short. I should have added Miguel Castro (in the bullpen) to that list. I’m not sure if he makes the Club or starts in ABQ, but “if” he makes the Club, that’s truly as progressive as we could have realistically hoped for.

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            • Bob K.

              March 29, 2016

              Ryan Rayburn also makes the 25 man roster. I am pretty sure that he was promised a position when he signed his minor league deal. Its the way the Rockies do business. Same thing with John Axford last year.

        • roxnsox

          March 29, 2016

          The fence graphic was interesting. I wonder what the material is. Also, Bridich hinted strongly that Story is on the team, service time manipulations be damned. They were discussing him specifically and the GM said “If a player has earned the job and makes our team better, he’s earned the job” or something to that effect.

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          • sdcarp

            March 29, 2016

            The fence appears to be essentially chain link (we’ll still be able to see into the BP). Nice chain link mind you.

            It should generate plenty of weird bounces.

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    • sdcarp

      March 29, 2016

      Garneau optioned to AAA

      This means Wolters makes the team.

      I have to say I’m impressed. This is essentially Bridich’s first ST (IMO he was still learning on the job last ST after he had been promoted only a few months prior). He’s putting his stamp on the team. From strictly a performance perspective, on the field, now……these are the correct decisions. You can (rightfully) debate the merits of some of these moves long term. Let’s see if Miguel Castro heads north (or I guess 20 minutes west to Chase Field as the case may be). Now that he seems to slotted into the BP (again, the merits of the BP vs SP decision can be rightfully debated), we “should” make the team.

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    • Colorado Thistle

      March 30, 2016

      Fitting for this thread’s theme: Trevor Story is named our starting shortstop. Fantastic news!

      I’m really glad the service time issue didn’t come into this equation. Congratulations to him, he forced the choice on the team through excellent play. Pretty good stuff from a 23 year old guy.

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    • Pooter

      March 30, 2016

      I have to say I am pretty excited for April 4th! I can see myself becoming a fan of Wolters and Story. How cool would that be if Story had a better season in 2016 than Tulo? I realize those are unrealistic expectations but that is what I like to do in the Spring. I’m hoping M Castro makes the big club.

      If this rotation can have 3-4 career years in it, then I have a good feeling about the Rox in 2016. Let’s go Rox!!

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      • rockymountainhigh

        March 30, 2016

        Motte has strained shoulder; so if he starts on the 15-day DL, it is likely M. Castro makes the team.

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        • Pooter

          March 30, 2016

          That is not the way I was hoping it would work out…..

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    • sdcarp

      March 30, 2016

      RMH’s favorite player (I’m being facetious) Scott Gopherberg got absolutely, positively torched today. As previously reported, Jason Motte has a squeaky shoulder (at best).

      It looks as though Miguel Castro and Jason Gurka (who had another really solid outing today) should make the team.

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    • sdcarp

      March 30, 2016

      Watching transactions:

      I always pay attention to other team’s transactions as ST draws to a close. They’ve been fast and furious the last few days. One caught my eye – the O’s releasing Miguel Gonzalez earlier today. He’s got 48 hours to clear waivers. If not claimed, he becomes a FA. He’s owed 5M. That’s not insignificant. He may not be claimed???? Regardless, he’s not great. He’s not young. He’s probably not a fit for us because he’s about equal to the Lyles, Rusin, Bergman group. But…….someone will snag him, and he may be useful.

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    • sdcarp

      March 31, 2016

      Miguel Castro makes team.

      Given the scenario we were in beginning ST, this is like a SDCARP Christmas. The young guys (Castro, Story, Wolters, Adames) are all making the team. For the most part, the best, most talented players regardless of age or contract status are being rewarded.

      Keep in mind I believe (and have been saying this for 2 years) we’re destined to be awful in the W-L column this year. So there’s virtually no downside (except service time in Story’s case – maybe) to giving this group a baptism under fire.

      RMH has said this – I’ll reiterate – don’t judge the season ahead based on W’s and L’s. Follow the development of these young players and our key Prospects and follow the moves the Front Office makes (or doesnt make) as we move towards a 2019-2022 contention window (and 500+ ball in 2018).

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    • sdcarp

      April 2, 2016

      The Snakes suffered a brutal blow late last night……AJ Pollack fractured his elbow sliding into home on an infield single. Pollock fractured the same elbow in 2010…..and had been having elbow issues (muscular) all Spring. He’s now scheduled for surgery. Given the past history of his right elbow, this might be even worse than it sounds on the surface.

      The Snakes gave up the very good Ender Inciarte in the Shelby Miller deal. Looks as though Socrates Brito will get first shot at Pollack’s spot. This injury and the Shelby Miller deal makes them thin in the OF.

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    • Agbayani

      April 2, 2016

      Antonio Senzetela – my quick, very amateur scouting report. I finally got down to Arizona for a few days and caught Senzetela’s extended appearance (well, 3 out of 5 innings) earlier this week. Weiss put him in to face the heart of the Dbacks lineup in the 4th inning. First hitter, Chris Owings, all fastballs — out on a weakly hit ball. Next hitter, Goldschmidt: all fastballs. Goldschmidt was patient, Helton-like in his approach, and he caught up with the fastball, lining a single to the opposite field. Next hitter, Tomas: I think Senzetela threw a slider in the dirt, but other than that, all fastballs. And Tomas ripped a double off the wall. We then got into a weaker part of the lineup (and the Dbacks started pulling their starters) and Senzetela cruised.

      Fastball: 91-95, generally settling in at 93. Classic live arm, hitters reacted as if he was throwing harder (note: he was following Rusin, who peaked at 89). Good fastball command. Showed absolutely nothing as a secondary (much less third) pitch. Virtually all fastballs and a very occasional slider out of the zone. If Walt’s point was to say, “o.k., Antonio, you’ve shredded A ball hitters, let’s see how your stuff plays against great hitters”, Goldschmidt answered the question loud and clear. It doesn’t.

      It doesn’t YET, that is. He is far from ready, so my dreams of him getting moved fast and even debuting this year in a Rockies uniform (think Chacin) are on hold.

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    • Bob K.

      April 2, 2016

      Rockies release Kyle Parker.

      Braves add Drew Stubbs to 25 man roster.

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    • Bob K.

      April 2, 2016

      As expected, Dan Winkler made the Braves 25 man roster.

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      • Bob K.

        April 3, 2016

        Dickerson went 1 for 4 with a solo home run.

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