Battle lines update: Spilborghs Shows Pop

March 23, 2009 | 4:50 pm | 3  

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

Closer

Both players will make the roster, as either the closer of setup man.

1. Manny Corpas, right-hander | 0-0, 1.50 in six games.
Last game: Saturday, minor league game. Worked one inning and allowed one unearned run with no walks and two strikeouts.

2. Huston Street, right-hander | 0-0, 7.36 in eight games.
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Allowed three hits and a one in one inning, ending streak of five scoreless innings in four appearances.

Bullpen

Out of options: Ryan Speier and Juan Morillo.

Signed to minor-league contract: Matt Belisle and Josh Fogg (can opt out of minor-league assignment only if they get a job on an Opening Day roster)

1. Ryan Speier, right-hander | 1-0, 0.00 in seven games.
Last game: Saturday, minor-league game. Worked one inning and struck out the side.

2. Juan Morillo, right-hander | 0-0, 2.70 in 10 games
Last game: Sunday, 4-3 victory against Indians at Hi Corbett Field. Worked a shutout inning, giving up a hit and walking a batter, but striking out two. He is unscored upon in eight of 10 appearances.

3. Matt Belisle, right-hander | 0-0, 1.50, 1 save, five games.
Last game: Sunday, 4-3 victory against Indians at Hi Corbett Field. Worked a shutout inning, despite loading the bases with one out. Got an inning-ending double play grounder.

4. Josh Fogg, right-hander | 0-0, 6.43, four games
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Worked a scoreless inning after giving up five runs in four innings of a minor-league game last Wednesday.

Fifth Starter

Options remaining: Franklin Morales and Greg Smith.
Signed to minor-league contract: Matt Belisle and Josh Fogg (can opt out of minor-league assignment only if they get a job on an Opening Day roster)

1. Franklin Morales, left-hander | 2-2, 4.50 in five games.
Last game: Thursday, 3-2 loss to Dodgers at Glendale. Started and allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits, one walk and a hit batter. Served up home run to fellow pitcher Clay Kershaw.

2. Greg Smith, left-hander | 0-1, 9.00 in two games
Last game: Wednesday, minor-league game. Worked two shutout innings, striking out four.

3. Matt Belisle, right-hander | 0-0, 1.50, 1 save, five games.
Last game: Sunday, 4-3 victory against Indians at Hi Corbett Field. Worked a scoreless inning, but gave up three singles, and needing a double play grounder to escape bases-loaded jam.

4. Josh Fogg, right-hander |0-0, 6.43, four games
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Worked a scoreless inning after giving up five runs in four innings of a minor-league game last Wednesday.

Left Field

Options remaining: Seth Smith, Matt Murton, Ian Stewart and Carlos Gonzalez.

1. Seth Smith, left-handed hitter | .324, 13 games, five doubles, one home run and eight RBI
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Started in left field and was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts.

3. Ian Stewart, left-handed hitter |.297, 14 games.
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Started at third base and was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a triple.

4. Carlos Gonzales, left-handed hitter | .189, 13 games, three doubles, one triple and one home run
Last game: Saturday, 8-4 loss to Texas at Surprise. Started in right field and went 0-for-3 with one strikeout.

Centerfield
Options remaining: Ryan Spilborghs and Dexter Fowler.
Minor-league contract: Scott Podsednik (can opt out of not on Opening Day roster)

1. Ryan Spilborghs, right-handed hitter | .368, 11 RBI, five doubles, one triple, three home runs, four stolen bases, 11 games.
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Started in center field and was 1-for-3 with his third home run of the spring.

2. Scott Podsednik, left-handed hitter | .265, 12 games
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Started in right field and was 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, run scored and caught stealing when he was picked off first.

3. Dexter Fowler, switch-hitter | .310, 19 games.
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Entered center field as defensive replacement and was 1-for-1 with a double and run scored.

Backup outfielder
Options remaining: Matt Murton
Minor-league contract: Scott Podsednik (can opt out if not on Major League Opening Day roster) and Dan Ortmeier (cannot refuse assignment)

1. Scott Podsednik, left-handed hitter | .265, 12 games
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Started in right field and was 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, run scored and caught stealing when he was picked off first.

2. Matt Murton, right-handed hitter | .350, 16 games
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Pinch-hit and grounded out.

3. Dan Ortmeier, switch-hitter | .282, 19 games
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Grounded out as pinch-hitter and stayed in game at first base.

Backup infielders

Options remaining: Ian Stewart
Out of options: Omar Quintanilla and Jeff Baker

1. 2B-SS-3B Omar Quintanilla, left-handed hitter | .325, 16 games
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Started at shortstop and was 0-for-3.

2. 1B-2B-3B-LF-RF Jeff Baker, right-handed hitter | .2227, eight games
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Started at second base and was –for-3.

3. Ian Stewart, left-handed hitter |.297, 14 games.
Last game: Monday, 7-1 victory against Brewers at Hi Corbett Field. Started at third base and was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a triple.

3 Comments »

  • Ava | March 23, 2009 | 7:55 pm

    I look at Spilborghs numbers in the eleven games he’s played, and wonder that if he continues to put up these kinds of numbers throughout the season that he could make it to the All Star game this year. What does anybody else think?

  • Bill | March 23, 2009 | 8:46 pm

    Tracy: In your opinion, has Corpas nailed down the closer spot? After a rough star, Street has been good, but not as money as Manny. When do you expect Hurdle to name the closer?

  • Tracy Ringolsby | March 23, 2009 | 11:35 pm

    Bill, the feelign coming into spring training was the job it was Corpas job to lose it, and Corpas has done nothing to lose it. He has shown he learned a lesson from a year ago. He came to camp in shape, throwing strikes with velocity and a hard slider. Street is still trying to refind himself after a series of injuries.