Bellhorn signed to minor league deal

March 3, 2009 | 8:58 am | 2  

Veteran second baseman Mark Bellhorn signed a minor league contract with the Rockies and will report to spring training with the minor league position players March 13. If he breaks camp with Triple-A Colorado Springs, it will be Bellhorn’s second tour in the Rockies organization.

Bellhorn, 34, originally came to the Rockies from the Cubs in June 2003 for infielder Jose Hernandez. That season, Bellhorn played 16 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs and 48 for the Rockies. He last played in the major leagues in 2007 when he played 13 games primarily in August with the Reds, his seventh major league team.

Last season, Bellhorn played 59 games at Double-A Jacksonville, a Dodgers’ affiliate. Even though he hit just .242, Bellhorn’s on-base percentage was .357. Drawing walks has always been a plus of Bellhorn, never more so than in 2004 when he played 138 games for the world champion Red Sox. Bellhorn hit .264 that season with 177 strikeouts but his 88 walks helped him finish with a .373 OBP.

In minor league camp with the Rockies, Bellhorn will have to show he can hit to make the Sky Sox. And even then, how much he’d play with them is uncertain, since Eric Young Jr., a prospect, figures to be the starter at second base.

2 Comments »

  • Brian Neely | March 3, 2009 | 9:26 pm

    The Horn…one of baseball’s really good guys. He plays like he should have been born in the late 1800′s or early 1900′s.

    I’d love to see him stick with the club but I’m not putting money on it.

  • KellyO | March 4, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    For what it’s worth, Bellhorn played first base for Jacksonville, with just a couple of games at second and third.