Spring training is right around the corner, baseball fans! Just 16 days to be exact.
With pitchers and catchers reporting February 15, let’s take a quick look at the many transactions the Rockies made since last season to get you up to speed.
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, 41, appeared in 62 games for Colorado in 2007 where he had a 3.42 ERA and struck out 29 batters in 55.1 innings.
The 19-year major league veteran (shown left) has spent the past six years with five different teams, including the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels. Since his first stint with Colorado, Hawkins has an ERA of 3.27 in 302.1 innings pitched and struck out 217 batters. Hawkins signed with the Rockies as a free agent in November.
CF Brandon Barnes, 27, and RHP Jordan Lyles, 23, both were traded in early December from the Houston Astros in exchange for CF Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later.
Fowler had started 554 games in center field since 2008 and averaged .270 with 53 triples, 40 home runs and 210 RBI.
Barnes just completed his first full season in the majors for the Astros where he started 116 of 134 games in center field. He hit .240, scored 46 runs, drove in 41 RBI and had 127 strikeouts against just 21 walks.
Lyles started 65 games in his first three seasons in Houston and is still only 23 years old. His record in Houston was only 14-29 with a 5.35 ERA, but he did pitch one of the best games of his young career in his final game of 2012 season where he pitched a complete game shutout against Milwaukee and allowed only four hits.
LHP Brett Anderson, 25, was traded to the Rockies just a week following the Fowler deal for Rockies prospects LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Chris Jensen. Pomeranz has spent the past two years between the Rockies, Colorado Springs and Double-A Tulsa.
Anderson has pitched parts of the past five seasons in the Oakland Athletics’ starting rotation, but has experienced several injuries that have not allowed him to pitch a complete season since his rookie year in 2009. Over the years, Anderson has suffered a forearm strain, an ankle injury and most notably had to undergo Tommy John surgery in June 2011. When he has pitched, Anderson has been effective with a career ERA of 3.81 and has struck out 357 batters in 450.2 innings.
1B Justin Morneau (left), 32, has spent most of his career with the Minnesota Twins before being traded last August to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Winning the AL MVP in 2006, Morneau has been one of the better first baseman in the league. The Rockies signed him in December to a three-year deal worth about $20 million with a team option on the third year.
En route to his best season in 2010, Morneau sustained a concussion that sidelined him the rest of the year and parts of 2011. Through just 81 games, he was hitting .345 with 18 home runs and drove in 56 RBI.
After playing only 69 games in 2011, Morneau was finally able to play full seasons in 2012 and 2013.
LHP Boone Logan, 29, has spent the last four years as one of the top arms in the New York Yankees bullpen and will bring another seasoned arm to the Rockies after signing as a free agent. He appeared in 256 games during his tenure in the Bronx pitching 176 innings and maintained an ERA of 3.38.
RF Drew Stubbs, 29, was traded to Colorado in December from the Cleveland Indians for LHP Josh Outman. Stubbs spent the 2013 season with the Indians after playing the first four years of his career (2009-12) with the Reds as their starting center fielder before being traded in Dec. 2012. Stubbs is a good defender with speed but struggles at the plate. In his five years, he has an average of .239, has scored 344 runs and has stolen 127 bases.
LHP Franklin Morales (left), 28, and RHP Chris Martin, 27, were both traded from the Boston Red Sox to Colorado for SS Jonathan Herrera in December. Morales, who was signed as an amateur free agent in 2002 by Colorado, spent his first four and a half years (2007-11) with the Rockies before being sent to the Red Sox for a player to be named later. With the Rockies, Morales was primarily used out of the bullpen making 102 appearances, but did make 15 starts. He compiled an ERA of 4.83 and also saved 10 games.
In his three years with the Red Sox, Morales appeared 93 games, including 10 starts, where he struck out 128 batters in 134 innings. Last season, Morales spent the first two months rehabbing after having back and shoulder injuries.
Martin has yet to break into the majors, but had a strong 2013 between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization. In 42 relief appearances, Martin tossed 72 innings and finished with an ERA of 2.25 to go along with 74 strikeouts.
RHP Tommy Kahnle, 24, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2010 and has performed well in his minor league career before being selected by the Rockies in the recent Rule 5 Draft. The past two seasons, Kahnle produced sub-3.00 ERA seasons between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He has appeared in 77 games throwing 107 innings while striking out 148 batters. Since he was picked in the Rule 5 Draft, Kahnle must stay on the 25-man roster or could be returned to the Yankees.
Minor League Free Agents
IF Paul Janish, 31, is a utility infielder who was drafted in the fifth round of the the 2004 Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Janish made his major league debut in 2008 for the Reds and spent four years with the team where he collected 193 hits in 324 games. The past two years, Janish played a combined 107 games where he only hit .183.
LHP Pedro Hernandez, 24, most recently started 12 games for the Minnesota Twins in 2013 and has pitched at the Triple-A level for parts of the past three years. He finished last season with a 3-3 record with a 6.83 ERA.
RHP Nate Striz, 25, pitched in 38 games for High-A Salem in 2013 for the Red Sox organization where he tossed 57.1 innings, held an ERA of 3.14 and struck out 59 batters.
2B Rafael Ynoa (left), 26, was a 2013 Southern League All-Star for Double-A Chattanooga in the Dodgers organization where he has spent the past two seasons. The native of the Dominican Republic hit .267 in 128 games last season, belted six home runs and hit 30 doubles.
RHP Brooks Brown, 28, has yet seen the majors, but has spent the past seven seasons at either the Double-A or Triple-A level, most recently with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2013. A former starter, who spent most of 2013 in the bullpen for Triple-A Indianapolis, Brown pitched 91 innings in 38 games, which included eight starts. He held an ERA of 4.75 and struck out 69 batters.
RHP Greg Burke, 31, has seen stints at the major league level with the San Diego Padres, in 2009, and the New York Mets in 2013. For the Mets, Burke threw 31.2 innings but was shaken up for an ERA of 5.68 in 32 appearances. Since 2009, Burke has spent much of his time at the Triple-A level where he has a 4.61 ERA in 182 appearances.
C Jackson Williams, 27, spent the majority of the past three years with Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco Giants organization. Williams was drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft out of the University of Oklahoma. In 2013, Williams played in 85 games hitting .230 with five home runs and 30 RBI.
LHP Carlos Hernandez, 26, joins the Rockies organization after playing his entire career in the Oakland Athletics system. He has split time between Double-A and Triple-A each of the last three years. In 2013, Hernandez kept a 2.66 ERA in 29 games, 24 starts. He struck out 106 batters in 152 innings.
LHP Ryan Kulik, 28, joins the organization after playing the 2013 season in the independent Atlantic League. Previously with the Cardinals organization, Kulik underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and has not played affiliated ball since and is looking for a comeback this season. In 2011 for Double-A Springfield, he appeared in only seven games.
LHP Yohan Flande, 28, spent most of 2013 with Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves organization and appeared in 31 games, 19 starts. In 131.1 innings Flande compiled a record of 9-7 with a 4.18 ERA and had 92 strikeouts.
CF Jason Pridie, 30, has seen small major league stints the past two seasons with Philadelphia and Baltimore. In 2011, Pridie saw action in 101 games for the New York Mets where he hit .231 with four homers and 20 RBI. In 2013, Pridie played in 118 games with Triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore organization hitting .269 with 15 homers and 57 RBI.
RHP Richard Castillo, 24, signed with the Rockies in January after spending seven seasons in the Cardinals organization. Last season, Castillo played with both Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. Despite having an ERA of 4.59 in 119.2 innings with Springfield, Castillo started five games for Memphis where he had an ERA of 1.93 in 28 innings.
C Michael McKenry (left), 28, returns to the organization that drafted him in the 7th round of the 2006 Draft. McKenry spent five seasons in the Rockies organization, which included a brief major league stint. In 2010, he played 99 games for Colorado Springs where he hit .265 with 10 home runs and drove in 49 RBI. From 2011-13, McKenry played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and appeared in 187 games. In his brief major league career, he has hit.223 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 607 plate appearances. He has been invited to spring training.
C Allan de San Miguel, 25, spent seven years in the Minnesota Twins’ organization before he played the 2012-13 seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization. In 2013, de San Miguel played in 65 games for High-A Frederick where he batted .240 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI.
CF Evan Frey, 27, played 2013 at mostly the Triple-A affiliates of the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks. In 112 games between Double-A and Triple-A he hit .253 in 112 games with 19 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
Former Sky Sox players with other organizations
Year(s) they played for Colorado Springs in parentheses.
IF/OF Mike McCoy (2008-09) – Boston
P Parker Frazier (2013) – Chicago (AL)
IF Brendan Harris (2012) – Los Angeles (NL)
P Clayton Mortensen (2011) – Kansas City
P Chris Volstad (2013) – Korea
P Zach Putnam (2012) – Chicago (AL)
P Matt Daley (2008-11) – New York (AL)
P Cory Riordan (2011-13) – Korea
P Brandon Wood (2012) – San Diego
P Tyler Colvin (2013) – Baltimore
P Jim Miller (2011) – New York (AL)
P Nick Schmidt (2012-13) – Cincinnati
IF Reid Brignac (2013) – Philadelphia
P Jarret Grube (2009) – Los Angeles (AL)
P Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2012) – Toronto
P Jeff Manship (2013) – Philadelphia
P Greg Smith (2009-10) – Philadelphia
P Bruce Billings (2011) – New York (AL)
OF Greg Golson (2013) – Milwaukee
IF Tommy Manzella (2013) – Arizona
P Logan Kensing (2013) – Seattle
IF Jayson Nix (2006-08) – Tampa Bay
IF Chris Nelson (2010-12) – Cincinnati
P Jeff Francis (2004, 2010, 2013) – Cincinnati
P Ramon Ramirez (2006-2007) – Seattle
IF Omar Quintanilla (2005-08, 2010) – New York (NL)
IF Chad Tracy (2012) – Baltimore