Friday Rockpile: Serious(?) Trade Proposals, Matzek Impresses, 2010 Projections

Wacky Offseason Idea I | Colorado Springs Independent
Ralph Routon from the Indy (see sidebar):

Possible trade? Let's see, the Boston Red Sox may give up on closer Jonathan Papelbon, who turns 29 next month, and Colorado should be in the market after Huston Street's sad playoff ending. So how about Garrett Atkins for Papelbon?

Jonathan Papelbon puts Red Sox fans on edge this season and then blows a save in the playoffs. Enter youngster Daniel Bard--his replacement? Huston Street shut down traffic throughout the season and then had a bad ending in the postseason. He might get an extension with the Rockies. But trading Papelbon to the Rockies for Garrett Atkins? That's disadvantageous for the Red Sox and vindictive toward Papelbon. This trade must fall under one of the rules we came up with yesterday when hotstove-ing the Rockies in 2009-2010. But just for the sake of it, would any Rockies fan not want that deal done?

Inside the Colorado Rockies " Matzek Impresses In Instructional League
Tyler Matzek receives much praise for his performance in Instructional League so far, especially on how he's able to use a changeup compared to other pitchers at his age. Also to note, we may not see Matzek start the 2010 season in April when games begin so as to avoid the weather until it gets warmer.

Monfort brothers look back on 2009 season, ahead to future | Greeley Tribune
Much of the same stuff we've already heard.

BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Ask BA
In his latest Ask BA, Jim Callis answers two questions that involve Rockies. The first question was on how to rank the top 10 prospects among sons of former major leaguers. Eric Young Jr. comes in ninth, with Callis noting EY Jr. has 303 stolen bases in over 500 games. The other question is on which infielders from the last five draft classes would he choose to make up his infield. It's no contest at shortstop. Our boy Troy gets the call.

After the jump you can find out how Rockies hitters project in Bill James' 2010 projections.

I recently received a sneak preview of the Bill James 2010 projections. If you want, you can order the book at actasports.com. And thanks to RMN for converting the PDF pages into an Excel file to create a chart for it here.


G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Todd Helton 140 506 154 37 1 15 78 74 93 74 0 .304 .415 .470 .886
Troy Tulowitzki 146 556 162 32 5 27 99 89 66 98 15 .291 .371 .513 .883
Brad Hawpe 151 543 152 36 3 26 79 97 81 153 1 .280 .375 .501 .876
Chris Iannetta 113 386 100 23 3 20 58 68 60 92 0 .259 .370 .490 .860
Seth Smith 119 351 101 25 3 13 52 51 40 60 5 .288 .362 .487 .849
Jason Giambi 71 244 56 10 0 14 37 44 49 65 0 .230 .384 .443 .826
Ian Stewart 147 475 121 29 4 24 77 76 54 131 8 .255 .336 .484 .820
Dexter Fowler 135 451 130 32 9 6 79 43 66 104 28 .288 .380 .439 .819
Carlos Gonzalez 143 515 144 35 7 19 78 73 41 107 18 .280 .334 .485 .819
Ryan Spilborghs 116 310 90 21 2 8 48 43 34 58 8 .290 .362 .448 .811
Garrett Atkins 131 435 124 27 1 14 60 70 43 68 1 .285 .353 .448 .802
Eric Young Jr. 45 146 40 7 2 2 25 9 14 24 12 .274 .338 .390 .728
Clint Barmes 134 474 123 29 2 14 61 51 23 88 9 .259 .301 .418 .719
Yorvit Torrealba 75 253 64 15 1 4 27 32 20 49 1 .253 .315 .368 .683

Watch out! It's catcher debate time--or not. Other thoughts?

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