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Colorado Rockies Weekly Rating Form

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A weekly recap of the Rockies' performance as a team and on an individual basis.

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Hello all, thanks for checking out my new weekly series. Each Friday, I'll be taking a look at how all of the players on the 40-man roster performed the past week.

The "Team Performance" section will just give a quick recap of the Rockies' week and provide a basic look at how the team did as a group.

In the second section, "Performance/Ratings," I'll be writing a short blurb summarizing each players' performance since the last post, which will appear in the "Comments" column. The "Performance" column will include an icon indicating an upward trend, a downward trend, no change, or injury. These are purely arbitrary, and I'm sure you'll disagree with at least a few of them. There's no rhyme or reason to which icons I give a player, and you'll probably find my evaluations inconsistent on a weekly basis. My hope, however, is that they provide a fun look at each player and provide points to kickstart discussion in the comments section.

The final two columns represent the community's opinion on each player's performance. At the very bottom of this post, you'll find a survey asking you to rate each player. Every Friday, I'll include the average rating each player received in the "Weekly Rating." As we get further into the season, I'll include the prior week's ratings to show how players have been performing on a weekly basis. In other words, the "Weekly Rating" column will represent the past week's ratings as indicated by the community. The "Prior Rating" column will include the ratings from the week before the rated week, or two weeks before each post. Finally, each quarter of the season I will post players' average rating as given by the community.

The "Studs" and "Flops" section will look at the entire league. While I will try to include three of each every week, there's no set number. I may select a player who stood out, a coaching decision, etc.

Big shoutout to Sage Farron's rockiesroster.com. The absolute best sources of all information pertaining to the roster, I used his website for each player's position and level.

Finally, please participate in the form! I know it is long, but your input is an integral part of my weekly feature!

Team Performance (3-0)

The Colorado Rockies pulled off a gutsy win Wednesday night in extra innings to complete the sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers. Away from Coors Field, the team showed the rest of the league that they're capable of hitting just as well away from altitude. It's early goings, but there's a lot to feel good about thus far. The pitching has been mostly excellent as well, having let up just six runs over 28 innings. A team ERA of 1.93 and a slash line of .322/.336/.585 underscores the terrific start the Rockies have had to the regular season.

Player Performance/Ratings

Catchers
Name Position Level Comments Performance Weekly Rating Prior Rating
Nick Hundley C MLB Went for 5 for 13 this week, good for an average of .385. Hundley drove in a run, had a double, and struck out twice. Do yourself a favor and read a terrific article about Hundley and how he's been coaching the Rockies' pitchers. His veteran savvy is going to be a big factor in the staff's development this year.
Michael McKenry C MLB Hundley has caught all three games thus far, but McKenry will serve as a solid backup going forth.
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Wilin Rosario C/IF MLB The Baby Bull hasn't played much, but he's made his presence felt with a big home run in his only AB that would prove the be the game-winner.

Infielders
Name Position Level Comments Performance Weekly Rating Prior Rating
Cristhian Adames SS/IF AAA Adames went 1 for 4 at the plate in yesterday's loss to Reno. The team as a whole struggled to string together hits, accumulating just seven hits and stranding the only three players to get themselves into scoring position. Adames also helped turn a double play.
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Nolan Arenado 3B MLB What a scrub! 6 for 13 with three doubles, a homer, five RBIs, a walk, and no strikeouts?? Not to mention an unsightly .462/.500/.923 line. Seriously, Nolan is a big beast and such an unbelievably talented player.
Charlie Culberson 2B/Utility MLB Culberson is on the 15-Day DL. He also just turned 26, so happy birthday!
Daniel Descalso IF MLB Hasn't played much, but in his only two trips to the plate struck out twice. He has shown a glimpse of his versatility, however, seeing a bit of time at both first and short.
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DJ LeMahieu 2B/IF MLB DJ joins the 5 for 13 club! He knocked in a run and stole a base, while also providing the outstanding defensive play we've come to expect from him. See this diving play as an example. If DJ can improve on his hitting from last year, he'll be a huge part of this time given his already phenomenal glove. And, because one highlight play is just the norm for DJ, check out another. Blackmon made a great effort to get to a ball in center and hit DJ, who made a phenomenal relay throw to Arenado to throw out Lind.
Justin Morneau 1B MLB Went just 1 for 13 at plate, whiffing once. Removed from the second game with an apparent neck injury, but the move was precautionary and was back for game three.
Ben Paulsen 1B/3B AAA Pinch hit for the Isotopes, but failed to reach base. Obviously, one plate appearance is nothing to go by and I fully expect Paulsen to see some time with the Rockies this season.
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Troy Tulowitzki SS MLB Tulo's 6 for 14 thus far and collected four doubles and two RBIs. If Tulo, CarGo, Arenado, and Dickerson can all stay healthy for the majority of the season, opposing pitchers are going to be having nightmares.
Rafael Ynoa 2B/SS MLB Hasn't seen much time, which is a good sign because it means our studs are healthy!
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Outfielders
Name Position Level Comments Performance Weekly Rating Prior Rating
Brandon Barnes CF/OF AAA Hit at the top of the lineup for the Isotopes and went 2 for 4 with a double. Here's hoping he can put it together at plate this season.
Charlie Blackmon LF/OF MLB Speaking of leadoff men, Chuck went just 2 for 14 hitting at the top of the order. The team has been raking, so his lack of production hasn't been an issue so far, but if he is hitting in the leadoff spot, he needs to get on base. Blackmon drew just one walk and struck out six times.
Corey Dickerson LF/OF MLB Corey Dickerson, who has been providing outstanding value to my fantasy team, went 5 for 12 at the plate and collected six RBIs to go along with two home runs and two doubles. Hopefully Dickerson will continue to prove me wrong regarding negative regression!
Carlos Gonzalez LF/OF MLB The hand issues that held him back last year seem a thing of the past, as CarGo raked to the tune of .385/.357/.846 and batted in four. He hit three doubles to go along with a monster of a home run.
Rosell Herrera CF/IF A+ Hitting third, Herrera jacked a first inning solo shot to put the Nuts on the board early. The Nuts got blown out by Lake Elsinore, but Herrera had a good day going 1 for 3 with a walk.
Kyle Parker RF/DH AAA Parker went deep in the Isotopes' loss, going 1 for 4 with a solo shot.
Drew Stubbs CF/RF MLB Stubbs struck out in his only plate appearance.
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Starting Pitchers
Name Position Level Comments Performance Weekly Rating Prior Rating
Tyler Anderson SP/RP N/A n/a
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Chad Bettis SP/RP AAA n/a
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Eddie Butler SP/RP MLB Took a no-decision, but looked good in 5.2 innings. He let up two earned runs on four hits. He walk four, but also whiffed five. Both runs came on an Adam Lind home run. Encouraging start to the season.
Tyler Chatwood SP/RP MLB 60-Day DL.
Jorge De La Rosa SP/RP MLB Currently on the 15-Day DL and was assigned to the Isotopes for rehab. He gave up one run off of a solo shot through four innings, and should be back with the Rockies sooner rather than later.
David Hale SP/RP MLB 15-Day DL.
Kyle Kendrick SP/RP MLB Terrific start to the season. Kendrick tossed seven innings of scoreless ball while whiffing six and walking none.
Jordan Lyles SP/RP MLB Gave up two runs over six innings, but picked up the win while whiffing two. Nice outing for Lyles.
Tyler Matzek SP/RP MLB Will be pitching tonight for the home-opener! Hopefully, I'll be writing something positive about it next Friday.
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Chris Rusin SP/RP AAA n/a
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Relief Pitchers
Name Position Level Comments Performance Weekly Rating Prior Rating
John Axford RP MLB Axford picked up the save in the Rockies 5-4 victory, whiffing one and getting the other two to ground out. Here's to his son's continued improvement!
Christian Bergman RP/SP MLB n/a
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Rafael Betancourt RP MLB Betancourt struck out two in an inning of work. Really nice to see him back on the mound; he could provide a lot of stability to the bullpen.
Rex Brothers RP AAA Disappointing to see him fall off over the past two years, but I think he'll be able to settle down and return in good form.
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Brooks Brown RP/SP MLB Came in for an inning and sat down the three batters he faced. Solid bit of work.
Jairo Diaz RP/SP AAA n/a
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Christian Friedrich RP/SP MLB Looked solid through 1.1 innings, giving up a hit and whiffing one.
LaTroy Hawkins RP MLB Picked up a save in his first outing but was credited with a blown save in his next. Hawkins has given up five hits and two earned runs in just two innings of work. Moving forward, the Rockies might want to use Axford or Ottavino at the end of games.
Tommy Kahnle RP AAA Faced one batter, getting him to groundout.
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Boone Logan RP MLB In one inning of work, Logan looked good while striking out two. Don't look now, but Logan might be rebounding from last year. Shameless plug, I know.
Adam Ottavino RP/SP MLB In two innings of work, Ottavino has struck out three while walking one and allowing all of zero hits. Gotta love the guy.
Jorge Rondon RP AAA n/a
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Studs of the Week

Sonny Gray (OAK) — Denied the no-no, but looked phenomenal through eight innings. Definitely a guy who could be in the running for the Cy Young.

Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) — I hate to put a Dodger here, but you can't deny being impressed by a 4 for 4 performance which included a whopping three homers. Three!! In all, he's gone 10 for 13 with two doubles and seven home runs, which is good for a line of .769/.769/2.077. Nuts.

Scott Kazmir (OAK) — Some love here for one of my favorite teams not named the Rockies. Kazmir tossed seven innings, allowing a single hit. He walked two, but whiffed ten in what was a masterful performance.

Flops of the Week

The Miami Marlins- First, they forget to close the retractable roof and, of course, have to delay the game by 16 minutes. But that wasn't even the worst part, because the real deluge came in the first inning when heralded newcomer Mat Latos was absolutely torched for a whopping seven runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Yikes. The Braves' starter Alex Wood got an AB before tossing a pitch.

The Phillies' Pitching- Cole Hammels was rocked for four home runs. Reliever Jake Diekman in just 1/3 of an inning of work gave up a single, walked two, and was taken deep by Hanley Ramirez for a grand slam. For a time, Diekman had the distinct honor of having an ERA of 108.00.

Brett Lawrie (OAK) — In his second game for his new club, Lawrie got to the plate four times. Each of those time, Lawrie was sent down on three pitches. Six looking strikes, five swinging, and just one due to a foul ball in what was a performance that can only be described as laughable. I could do the exact same thing for the Athletics at a tiny fraction of the cost.

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