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Friday Rockpile: Dexter Fowler Breaking Out?

Fowler is figuring it out - The Denver Post

I don't know if you noticed, but since Fowler's return to the majors, he's stepped up his game. A lot. Before his midseason demotion, Dexter Fowler was batting .238/.340/.348 with 18 extra base hits. After a short (and relatively uninspiring) remedial stop in Colorado Springs, Fowler returned to the majors to the tune of .293/.387/.512 with 34 XBH (5HR) and 9 SB to boot.

Funny thing about Fowler is that his splits are practically negligible. He's posting a .805 OPS as a LHB, .791 as a RHB. His Coors Field OPS are sitting at .811 vs his road OPS of .793. 


Rockies' Todd Helton says MRI on back shows no damage | On the Rox — Colorado Rockies news — Denver Post

The good news as we can see is that Helton's back is OK, just stiff. We hate to hear Helton's in anything less than tiptop shape. After last season's .728 OPS disappointment, this season's .850 OPS performance, while a far cry from Helton's prime, has been very welcome from the Toddfather.


Rockies' Todd Helton likely done for the 2011 season | On the Rox — Colorado Rockies news — Denver Post

That all being said, Helton is likely done for the season. As well he should be. It seems silly to talk about Helton as if he's some sort of invalid, having another above-average season from 1B would be outstanding. Funny note from this article: when asked about his positional versatility (namely the glove he uses), Jordan Pacheco said:

"I just pull them out of a magic hat," he joked.



Four Rockies among BA’s top Pioneer League prospects | Inside the Colorado Rockies

In the event you missed yesterday's Baseball America ranking, Trevor Story was ranked the best prospect in the Pioneer league. Also on the list were SS Rosell Herrera, C Will Swanner, and RHP Danny Winkler. It seems like that top-20 list is buried in Rockies and Angels prospects. I like the sounds of that - assuming Colorado doesn't get shuffled to the AL West in the next few years.


Colorado Rockies at Houston Astros - September 23, 2011 | Preview

I don't even have all that much to say beyond "I'm really really looking forward to seeing what Drew Pomeranz does in Houston's pea soup air".