How All Of The Colorado Rockies Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Trees

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How All Of The Rockies Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Rockies are one of the weirdest franchises around in the game of baseball today.

Thin air, humidors, pitcher who struggle, however where they are one of the most dynamic teams is in fantasy baseball.

I have said it before and will say it again…I would love to watch games at Coors Field 81 times a year.

For everyone that loves offense, then watching this squad bash the ball around is awesome. Unfortunately the hitters have had a tough problem staying healthy in recent years.

Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are world class players.  Both would be in the running for NL MVP every year, it is just they can’t maintain in the lineup.

When you look at the roster, it is composed mostly of draft picks.

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Tulo, Charlie Blackmon, Wilin Rosario, Nolan Arenado, Chris Dickerson + Josh Rutledge were all draft picks.

CARGO at least, was acquired with the asset that was Matt Holliday, as part of a major deal with the A’s a few years back.

If you have to lose Holliday, it is a great replacement to just insert Gonzalez in for him, pretty much matching every single stat.

The club also used the trade route to pick up Brandon Barnes, Drew StubbsD.J. LeMahieu and Charlie Culberson.

Free Agent Signings have included former Twins teammates Justin Morneau, and Michael Cuddyer, both of whom have resurrected their careers in Denver.

Michael McKenry is the last cog on the offense.  The 29 Year Old Catcher was originally drafted by the club, but traded away to Pittsburgh.

Drew Stubbs can be tied back to the Seth Smith Roster Tree, who was also traded to the A’s for Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman.  The latter flipped to the Indians for Stubbs.

Brandon Barnes was brought into the fold, when the ‘Rox didn’t want to pay top Arbitration dollars for Dexter Fowler, so they became younger with the trade.

The deal also netted the franchise Starting Pitcher Jordan Lyles.  Fowler hasn’t exactly lit it up for Houston either.

The hitting has never been a problem for Colorado.

Almost every year since the team’s inception, the club has led the Major League in home Batting Average.

The position players have hit for an average well over .300 since the start of the Post-Humidor era starting in 2002.

Fantasy Baseball players simply love these guys – especially when they are playing at the Field on Blake Street in downtown Denver.

The organization has done a great job in building and maintaining their prolific offenses each season.

Really, the club also haven’t obliterated their payroll scale either.  It is a case in trading a player at just the right time.

Players like Jeff Cirillo, Ian Stewart, Vinny Castilla, Ellis Burks, Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, Dante Bichette and Garrett Atkins.

Incredibly, the team has only really had 3  Starting First Baseman in their history with Galarraga, Helton and now Justin Morneau.

Morneau joins these two gentlemen as the only 3 starting 1B in the history of the franchise.

Morneau joins these two gentlemen as the only 3 starting 1B in the history of the franchise.

Will the brass trade the Canadian 1B before his contract is up at the end of 2015?

Whatever the case for this team, you at least are entertained each year.  Perhaps that is why they are still routinely in the top 5 for NL Attendance, despite putting up just a half a dozen winning campaigns in 21 seasons of existence.


For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.

It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.


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The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree


Justin Morneau (5/15/81) 1B: December 13, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies. 2 YRs/$15.75 MIL.


Wilin Rosario (2/23/89) C:  Signed by the Colorado Rockies as an amateur free agent in 2006.


D.J. LeMahieu (7/13/88) 2B/3B: December 8, 2011: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Tyler Colvin to the Colorado Rockies for Casey Weathers (minors) and Ian Stewart.

Casey Weathers (6/10/85) P: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (8th) of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN).

Tyler Colvin (9/15/84) OF/1B: October 1, 2013: Granted Free Agency.

Ian Stewart (4/5/85) 2B/3B: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2003 amateur draft.


Troy Tulowitzki (10/10/84) SS: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.


Nolan Arenado (4/16/91) 3B: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2009 amateur draft.


Carlos Gonzalez (10/17/85) OF: November 10, 2008: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Greg Smith and Huston Street to the Colorado Rockies for Matt Holliday.

Greg Smith (12/22/83) 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  (8/2/83) 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. 

Nick Schmidt (10/10/85) P: Schmidt was granted Free Agency after 2013

Matt Holliday (1/15/80) OF: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round of the 1998 amateur draft.

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Brandon Barnes (5/15/86) OF:   December 3, 2013: Traded by the Houston Astros with Jordan Lyles to the Colorado Rockies for Dexter Fowler and player to be named.

Jordan Lyles (10/19/90) SP:  Is with the Rockies Pitching Staff currently.

Dexter Fowler (3/22/86) OF: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 amateur draft.


Michael Cuddyer (3/27/79) 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.


Josh Rutledge (4/21/89) 2B/SS:  Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 3rd round of the 2010 amateur draft.


Charlie Blackmon (7/1/86) 1B/PH/OF:  Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2008 amateur draft.


Corey Dickerson (5/22/89) OF/PH: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 8th round of the 2010 amateur draft.


Charlie Culberson (4/10/89) 2B/PH/OF:  July 27, 2012: Traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Colorado Rockies for Marco Scutaro and cash.

Marco Scutaro (10/30/75) 2B/SS/3B:  January 21, 2012: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Colorado Rockies for Clayton Mortensen.

Clayton Mortensen (4/10/85) 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).


Drew Stubbs (10/4/84) OF:  December 18, 2013: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Colorado Rockies for Josh Outman.

Josh Outman (9/14/84) RP:  January 16, 2012: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Guillermo Moscoso to the Colorado Rockies for Seth Smith.

Guillermo Moscoso (11/14/83) P:  November 2, 2012: Selected off waivers by the Kansas City Royals from the Colorado Rockies.

Seth Smith (9/30/82) OF:  Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft.


Michael McKenry (3/4/85) C:  January 16, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Colorado Rockies.   Originally drafted by Colorado in the 7th round of the 2006 amateur draft.  He was traded to the Pirates for Daniel Turpen, Turpen was flipped to the Twins for Kevin Slowey, Slowey was traded to the Indians for Zach Putnam,  who was eventually lost on the waiver wire outright.


Ben Paulsen (1-/27/87) 1B:  June 9, 2009: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 3rd round of the 2009 amateur draft.


 www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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