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Colorado Springs and my sleepless nights

I sat up one night still trying to kill off my sweet tea buzz (I had given up coke to lose weight, and now caffeine hits me hard, but that’s another blog). I wondered how bad Security Service Field really is for our pitchers, and with the wealth of young arms do we want them to play in Triple A?

So I went to MiLB.com and did some research on team pitching ERA and the best starting pitchers in Triple A for the last 5 seasons (Min 10 games started). I also include who the best pitcher at Colorado Springs was that year.

International League








Team

ERA

Whip


Pitcher

Team

ERA

Whip

2011 Rochester

4.76

1.42


Julio Teheran

GWN (Atl)

2.55

1.18

2010 Rochester

4.93

1.49


Jeremy Hellickson

DUR (Tam)

2.55

1.33

2009 Columbus

4.7

1.46


Carlos Torres

CHA (CHW)

2.39

1.19

2008 Leigh Valley

4.41

1.44


David Purcey

SYR (Det)

2.69

1.12

2007 Ottawa

4.77

1.53


Kevin Slowey

ROC (Min)

1.89

0.96

Pacific Coast League








Team

ERA

Whip


Pitcher

Team

ERA

Whip

2011 Colorado Springs

6.41

1.77


Luis Mendoza

OMA (KC)

2.18

1.25

2010 Las Vegas

6.1

1.73


Anthony Lerew

OMA (KC)

2.55

1.33

2009 Salt Lake

5.12

1.52


Bud Norris

RR (Hou)

2.63

1.31

2008 Albuquerque

5.5

1.6


Mitchell Boggs

Mem (STL)

3.45

1.22

2007 Las Vegas

5.39

1.62


Jorge Campillo

Tac (Sea)

3.07

1.27









Colorado Springs








Pitcher

ERA

Whip






Edgar Gonzalez

5.29

1.46






Kurt Birkins

5.71

1.53






Adam Eaton

3.18

1.22






Greg Reynolds

4.26

1.67






Brian Lawrence

4.73

1.28














The weird thing that I noticed is that someone in the Rockies front office must have done the same search on the International League. It is odd that two of the five best pitchers from the International League list were shortly on the roster this off-season. With Slowey I feel we dodged a bullet and with Torres still competing for a bullpen spot. I also understand that the whole PCL is very hitter friendly with the lowest team ERA being 4.41, which almost matches the International league’s worst.

Out of hours staring at the lists I have only come to two assumptions.

1. The Rockies let their own prospects see as little of the PCL as possible. Nicasio has never seen the field at the Springs and Chacin seeing only 11 games of PCL action. The exception here is Ubaldo Jimenez who saw 13 games with a 5.06 ERA 1.67 Whip.

2. The Rockies pipeline for pitchers until recently has been very weak. Also the rotation in the Majors has not been very strong either forcing the Rockies to call players directly from Double AA.

I would like to be proven wrong this year and have a pitcher dominate at the Springs, but I do not have any faith in that the park, I believe it will do nothing but destroy any confidence our young pitchers have.

I welcome comments below as I now can find some other question to ask myself on sleepless nights. I just hope I can get use to drinking coffee quickly or work is going to suck (more than normal of course).

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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