How All Of The Rockies Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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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.
When you look at the roster, it is composed mostly of 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.
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.
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.
Incredibly, the team has only really had 3 Starting First Baseman in their history with Galarraga, Helton and now Justin Morneau.
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.
The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Tyler Colvin (9/15/84) OF/1B: October 1, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
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
Jordan Lyles (10/19/90) SP: Is with the Rockies Pitching Staff currently.
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.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
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