Battle Lines Update: De La Rosa shaky

March 10, 2009 | 10:25 pm | 2  

A look at the position battles the Rockies have this spring:

Fifth Starter

1. Franklin Morales, left-hander | 1-1, 5.00 in three games.
Last game: Saturday, 9-7 win against Giants at Scottsdale. Worked four shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out three.

2. Greg Smith, left-hander | 0-1, 9.00 in two games
Last game: Sunday, scratched from start in 4-2 victory against Padres at Hi Corbett Field because of flu-like symptoms. Scheduled to start Friday.

3. Jason Hirsh, right-hander | 0-1, 14.04, three games
Last game: Saturday, allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

4. Greg Reynolds, right-hander | 1-0, 5.00, three games
Last gin 4-2 victory against Padres at Hi Corbett Field.

5. Josh Fogg, right-hander | 0-0, 11.25, two games
Last game: Sunday, worked three innings allowing one run on two hits and a strikeout in 4-2 victory against Padres at Hi Corbett Field.

6. Matt Belisle, right-hander | 0-0, 0.00, 1 save, one game.
Last game: Sunday, worked ninth inning in 4-2 victory against Padres at Hi Corbett Field. Retired the side for the save.

Left Field

1. Seth Smith, left-handed hitter | .278, six games, a double, home run and seven RBI
Last game: Tuesday 14-7 victory against A’s at Hi Corbett Field. Went 1-for-3 with a double, sacrifice fly, three RBI and a strikeout.

2. Carlos Gonzales, left-handed hitter | .176, six games, a double and triple
Last game: Monday, played center field and right field in intra-squad game and was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a stolen bases.

3. Ian Stewart, left-handed hitter |.286, three games.
Last game: Tuesday 14-7 victory against A’s at Hi Corbett Field. Pinch-hit and stayed in game at third, going 1-for-2 with a run score, RBI and strikeout..

Centerfield

1. Ryan Spilborghs, right-handed hitter | .368, five RBI, six games.
Last game: Tuesday 14-7 victory against A’s at Hi Corbett Field. Started in center field and went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, triple and three RBI.

2. Carlos Gonzalez, left-handed hitter | See left-field battle.

3. Dexter Fowler, switch-hitter | .176, nine games, eight strikeouts, 16 at-bats.
Last game: Tuesday 14-7 victory against A’s at Hi Corbett Field. 1-for-2 with run scored and a strikeout.

Backup outfielder

Three players contending for an extra outfield job, the field expanding depending on what happens in the battles for left field and center field.

1. Scott Podsednik, left-handed hitter | .211, five games
Last game: Sunday, started in left field in 4-2 victory against the Padres at Hi Corbett Field. Went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and scored a run.

2. Matt Murton, right-handed hitter | .412, eight games, one home run, three RBI
Last game: Tuesday 14-7 victory against A’s at Hi Corbett Field. Started in right field and was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, one RBI and two walks.

3. Dan Ortmeier, switch-hitter | .188, eight games
Last game: Tuesday 14-7 victory against A’s at Hi Corbett Field. Played defensively at first base and center field. Was 0-for-2 with run scored.

Bullpen

1. Ryan Speier, right-hander | 1-0, 0.00 in five games.
Last game: Tuesday in 14-7 victory against A’s at Hi Corbett Field. Worked two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.

2. Matt Belisle, right-hander | 0-0, 0.00, 1 save in one game.
Last game: Sunday, worked the ninth inning of 4-2 victory against the Padres at Hi Corbett Field.

3. Juan Morillo, right-hander | 0-0, 2.25 in four games, walking three and hitting one in four innings.
Last game: Sunday worked one inning, giving up a run on three hits, in 4-2 victory against Padres at Hi Corbett Field.

2 Comments »

  • wallypig | March 11, 2009 | 8:11 am

    If De La Rosa’s performance does not improve, what role would he play? Reliever, trade, release, rehab in the Springs???

  • Tracy Ringolsby | March 11, 2009 | 9:08 am

    Wallypig, most likely he would be moved into the bullpen, at least initially. Face it, if his performance does not improve the trade value would be non-existent. He is out of options, but the possiblity of sending him to the minor leagues is realistic. He is making $2 million so teams would have to think twice before putting in a waiver claim. If he clears waivers the Rockies could send him to the minors.