Battle Lines Update: Roster Lining Up

March 31, 2009 | 8:17 pm | 5  

With the announcement that Dexter Fowler will make the Rockies Opening day roster, here’s how the Rockies roster and remaining decisions look heading into the final days of the spring:

Rotation

All 5 spots set

RH Aaron Cook
RH Ubaldo Jimenez
LH Franklin Morales
RH Jason Marquis
LH Jorge De La Rosa

Battles

Fifth spot

Morales won what began as a six-man showdown, beating out Greg Smith, Jason Hirsh, Greg Reynolds, Matt Belisle and Josh Fogg.

Bullpen

6 of 7 spots set

Set

RH Huston Street
RH Manny Corpas
RH Ryan Speier
RH Jason Grilli
LH Alan Embree
LH Glendon Rusch

Closer

Street and Corpas remain in contention.

1. Manny Corpas, right-hander | 0-0, 1.00 in nine games.
Last game: Tuesday, 4-1 win against White Sox at Glendale. Worked scoreless eighth, giving up one hit with one strikeout.

2. Huston Street, right-hander | 0-0, 5.23 in 11 games.
Last game: Monday, 10-3 victory against Diamondbacks at Hi Corbett Field. Street worked a scoreless ninth, his seventh scoreless appearance in his last eight games.

Final Spot

Either Juan Morillo, who is out of options, or Matt Belisle, signed to a minor league contract but with an opt-out clause if another team gives him a big-league job, will earn the job.

1. Juan Morillo, right-hander | 0-0, 3.55 in 12 games
Last game: Friday, 8-3 win against Mariners at Peoria. Worked a shutout inning, walking one, rebounding form giving up two runs in two of three previous appearances.

2. Matt Belisle, right-hander | 0-0, 1.08, 1 save, seven games.
Last game: Monday, 10-3 victory against Diamondbacks at Hi Corbett Field. Worked a shutout inning, issuing one walk.

CATCHERS

Chris Iannetta
Yorvit Torrealba

Battles

This position was set before spring training opened.

INFIELD

1B Todd Helton
2B Clint Barmes
3B Garrett Atkins
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B-2B-3B-LF-RF Jeff Baker
2B-3B-LF-RF Ian Stewart
2B-SS-3B Omar Quintanilla

Battles

Three contenders for what figured to be two jobs all made the team — Baker, Stewart and Quintanilla, pending a possible trade of Baker. That came at the expense of a fifth outfielder. Baker and Stewart, however, give the Rockies outfield flexiblity, along with Barmes, who can also back up at shortstop or play center field in an emergency.

OUTFIELD

LF Seth Smith
CF Ryan Spilborghs
RF Brad Hawpe
OF Dexter Fowler

Battles

Fowler won battle for extra spot over Dan Ortmeier, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Murton and Scott Podsednik. Murton and Gonzalez were optioned to the minors. Ortmeier is signed to a minor-league contract with no-opt out clause. Podsednik has until Friday to decide if he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs or opt out of the contract.

5 Comments »

  • Andrew | April 1, 2009 | 8:00 am

    I personally like the decisions the club made. They will have to do quite a bit of juggling to make it work and give the new prospects playing time… but this is an athletic and diverse roster (esp on the offensive side).
    Go Rockies!

  • Matthew | April 1, 2009 | 8:58 am

    I really think Stewart should start second rather than Barmes. I know Barmes is a better defender, but their offensive comparison is not even close. They need to make up the loss of Holliday’s production.

  • Wayne | April 1, 2009 | 4:25 pm

    Tracy or Jack

    Read a blurb in Denver Post about possible trade interest by Rox in Chad Gaudin (Cubs) or Jason Hammel (Tampa). What can you tell us about the possibilities, what these pitchers are like and if there are any other trades on the horizon. At this time they may be all rumors, but it’s nice to speculate, especially if someone can help us.

    I spend alot of time on this site. Thanks to you both for feeding my baseball frenzy.

  • Matt | April 1, 2009 | 4:43 pm

    ok….I’m really excited now…can we hurry up and start the season?!?!

    I think I’d like to see Morillo make the team as the final reliver. I like the idea of having a guy who can throw in the upper 90′s, and think we’re covered with swing starters in Rusch and the depth in AAA.

    GO ROCKIES!!!

  • Tracy Ringolsby | April 1, 2009 | 4:50 pm

    Rockies have had interst in Guadin for a couple years but he has not shown any signs of his past life on his pitches this spring, and he is making $2 million. He figures to be released if he is not dealt so that is a hang up the Cubs are finding in talks to teams about him. Rockies like Hammel’s arm and youth, and know it would require a legit pitching prospect to get him. So far, however, talks have been slow. Hammel is someone the Rockies can see being an impact eventually.