Colorado Rockies 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 83-79

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Chris Iannetta, Jose Morales
  • Infielders: Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton, Ian Stewart, Jason Giambi, Jose Lopez, Ty Wigginton
  • Outfielders: Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler, Seth Smith, Jonathan Herrera, Ryan Spilborghs
  • Starters: Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin, Jason Hammel, Esmil Rogers
  • Bullpen: Houston Street, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Belisle, Matt Reynolds, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Daley, Franklin Morales

Notable Signings

  1. Ty Wigginton: 2 years, $8MM
  2. Jose Lopez: traded for a pitching prospect
  3. Matt Lindstorm: traded for 2 prospects

Notable Losses

  1. Miguel Olivo
  2. Clint Barmes
  3. Jeff Francis
  4. Octavio Dotel

Top Prospects

  1. Tyler Matzek: LHP
  2. Wilin Rosario: C
  3. Nolan Arenado: 3B
  4. Christian Friedrich: LHP

Key Position Battles

  • 2nd Base: Jose Lopez vs. Ty Wigginton vs. Eric Young Jr. – Each one of these players have clear pros and cons. Jose Lopez has shown great power in the past, even at spacious SafeCo, but is coming off a down year in 2010. Coors field can only help him to bounce back. Ty Wigginton is a reliable source of power but he is too inconsistent. Eric Young brings a speed factor to the table that the other two lack. Young is likely last in line for at bats among the 3 second base options though. Wigginton will likely play the role of super-utility man and Lopez should snag most of the 2nd base at bats. 2nd Base Pick: Jose Lopez
  • 5th Starter: Esmil Rogers vs. Greg Reynolds vs. John Maine – Aaron Cook would be manning this spot if he was not injured at this time but for now these 3 will battle it out for the final rotation spot. Reynolds has not had a great spring and simply may not be a major league caliber pitcher. John Maine is looking to make a little comeback after suffering a dead arm and being absolutely brutal with the New York Mets. My guess is he is unemployeed by opening day. Esmil Rogers is young and throws gas. If he shows enough longevity he will be the guy. 5th Starter: Esmil Rogers

The Rockies undoubtedly have one of the most interesting offenses in the league. Troy Tulowitzki is arguably the best short stop in the bigs and Carlos Gonzalez had the best all around offensive performance in the majors in 2010 when he batted .336 with 111 runs, 34 homers, 117 RBIs plus 26 stolen bases. Many people expect a bit of a regression from him this year but this guy, at only 25 years of age, is on the fast track to being a superstar if you do not already consider him one. The rest of the offense are very boom or bust type players. Todd Helton is in the twilight of his career but still has some potent skills. As discussed above, Jose Lopez or Ty Wigginton could add some extra power to the lineup. Ian Stewart will look to continue progressing in the right direction offensively and slug his way to another 25 home run season. Their pitching staff on the other hand is not overly impressive. Ubaldo Jimenez had a breakout campaign in 2010 but struggled in the 2nd half and should expect to be much closer to his career line this year. Jorge De La Rosa got a nice juicy contract this offseason, which he did not deserve considering he can not stay healthy. This is not to mention that most pitchers struggle at Coors to begin with. The rotation may be able to hold their own but I expect them to be more of a weakness than a strength for Colorado this year. The bullpen is deep with Rafael Betancourt, Matt Belisle, Franklin Morales and Matt Lindstrom but they will need to improve on their consistency. Houston Street will again be doing the closing with the hopes that he can actually stay on the field for a full season; look for Lindstrom to step into the closer role eventually as Street is bound to go down. The Rockies were my original NL Wild Card pick but I ultimately couldn’t buy into the pitching staff. They will be in the hunt but fall short.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 86-76

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