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Rockies Pitchers in the Top 10 by Season

With the PR staff currently ranking the 2016 Colorado Rockies it was noted that there seem to be a lot of starting pitchers in the top 10. This fact has a lot of us excited, and I think it should because most of these pitchers are young and still growing like Anderson (#5) and Gray (#8). Jared Buck commented in the Tyler Chatwood article (#4) that he can't recall a time when the Rockies would have had two starting pitchers in the top 10 let alone three. This piqued my interest and I wanted to know the answer. Using baseball reference I checked the Rockies top 10 players each year starting in 1993 through 2015. Twelve (12) times have there been at least three starting pitchers in the top 10. I say at least three pitchers because in 2002 and 2009 four starting pitchers made the cut, and FIVE in 2005. Some of those times the pitchers were managing a little over 1 WAR (see 2005), but 2009 had three starters (Jimenez, Marquis, and Cook) over 3 WAR and de la Rosa over 2.

The table below lists the pitchers (starters and relievers) that made it into the top 10 players in that year. They are listed with their team rank, rWAR total, and if they were a relief pitcher. Relief pitchers were the source of a lot of hope in the mid ‘90s with at least 3 showing up on the list every year from 1994 through 2000 (except 1997).

1993 #3 Reynoso 3.0 #5 Ruffin 2.1 (RP) #7 Holmes 1.2 (RP) #10 Nied 0.7
1994 #1 Freeman 4.5 #3 Nied 1.5 #6 Munoz 1.2 (RP) #7 Reed 1.1 (RP) #8 Ruffin 1.0 (RP) #10 Reynoso 0.9
1995 #2 Ritz 4.5 #3 Reed 4.2 (RP) #4 Leskanic 3.8 (RP) #5 Holmes 2.8 (RP) #7 Swift 2.5 #9 Ruffin 2.1 (RP)
1996 #3 Reynoso 3.5 #6 Ritz 2.9 #7 Ruffin 1.6 (RP) #8 Reed 1.5 (RP) #9 Holmes 1.2 (RP)
1997 #2 Bailey 4.0 #5 J. Thomson 3.1 #10 Reed 1.6 (RP)
1998 #4 McElroy 3.0 (RP) #5 Veres 2.8 (RP) #6 Kile 2.7 #7 J. Thomson 2.2 #8 DeJean 2.0 (RP)
1999 #1 Astacio 6.0 #3 Bohannon 3.2 #5 Dipoto 2.7 (RP) #6 Wright 2.6 #8 Veres 1.9 (RP) #9 Leskanic 1.9 (RP) #10 David Lee(*) 1.8 (RP)
2000 #2 White 4.6 (RP) #4 Bohannon 3.3 #5 Myers 2.6 (RP) #6 Astacio 2.6 #7 Jimenez 2.6 (RP) #9 Taverez 1.7 (RP)
2001 #5 J. Thomson 2.3 #6 Neagle 1.6 #8 Hampton 1.5
2002 #3 Jennings 2.7 #5 Stark 1.7 #6 Jimenez 1.1 (RP) #8 Neagle 1.0 #10 J. Thomson 0.7
2003 #5 Fuentes 2.1 (RP) #6 Chacon 2.1 #8 Reed 1.5 (RP) #9 Oliver 1.3
2004 #2 Kennedy 5.4 #4 Jennings 2.6 #5 Cook 2.1 #7 Wright 1.6 #8 Reed 1.6 (RP) #10 Estes 1.3
2005 #3 Fuentes 2.7 (RP) #6 Cook 1.8 #7 Chacon 1.5 #8 Witasick 1.3 (RP) #9 B. Kim 1.2
2006 #2 Jennings 4.8 #3 Cook 3.4 #5 Francis 3.3 #9 Fuentes 1.8 (RP) #10 Ramirez 1.6 (RP)
2007 #4 Francis 4.1 #6 Corpas 2.9 (RP) #7 Cook 2.9 #9 Morales 1.2 #10 Hawkins 1.2 (RP)
2008 #2 Cook 4.5 #3 Jimenez 3.2 #6 Fuentes 2.1 (RP) #7 Buchholz 2.0 (RP) #8 Grilli 1.4 (RP) #10 Francis 1.2
2009 #2 Jimenez 5.9 #3 Marquis 3.6 #5 Cook 3.2 #7 de la Rosa 2.3 #10 Street 1.8 (RP)
2010 #1 Jimenez 7.4 #5 Chacin 2.2 #6 Belisle 2.1 (RP) #9 de la Rosa 1.4 #10 Betancourt 1.2 (RP)
2011 #3 Chacin 3.6 #8 Betancourt 1.5 (RP) #9 de la Rosa 1.1
2012 #2 Betancourt 2.6 (RP) #3 Belisle 2.2 (RP) #4 Chacin 2.2 #7 Roenicke 1.9 (RP) #9 Pomeranz 1.7
2013 #1 Chacin 6.1 #4 Chatwood 3.9 #6 de la Rosa 3.7 #7 Brothers 3.1 (RP) #9 Ottavino 2.2 (RP)
2014 #6 de la Rosa 2.4 #9 Matzek 2.0
2015 #3 Bettis 2.6 #4 de la Rosa 2.5 #9 Flande 0.9 (RP) #10 Axford 0.9 (RP)

*David Lee is the only player I did not recognize when completing this activity.

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