Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cordially Invited to Tucson: Rockies Non-Roster Pitchers

LHP Christian Friedrich -- Simply stated: Friedrich is the future.  There's really no need to rush the future at this point, but a good spring that carries over to Colorado Springs could force the Rockies to be creative with Friedrich.  That would be a great problem to have around say... August?  

LHP Jimmy Gobble -- Gobble has been grazing around the AL Central since 2003.  His first six seasons were spent in KC before he moved on to the southside of Chicago last year.  He has 43 career starts and 435.2 innings to his credit, which is pretty respectable, but his ratios don't project well in Coors Field.  Maybe... MAYBE... he has a role as a left-handed specialist.  I can't see him helping any other way.

RHP Andrew Johnston -- Big spring for Johnston who turns 26 in April.  He saved 31 games for AA Tulsa last season, but did so with a 1.54 WHIP.  Not what you like from anyone, but especially a late inning guy.  He's a longshot to be anything more than AAA insurance.  

RHP Tim Redding -- Dan O'Dowd has been trying to acquire/sign/possibly date Redding for the past five seasons.  Finally Redding gives in to the pursiit and we have a match.  I don't expect his longtime mancrush to contribute much.  Infact, if Redding makes any starts this season, we should all be deeply concerned.  

RHP Juan Rincon -- He's just a guy, with an arm, and some experience, that hasn't posted an ERA under 5.00 since 2006.  He's been with four teams (Twins, Indians, Tigers, Rockies) over that span, including the abysmal 7.52 (1.44 WHIP) with Colorado in 26 appearances last season.  

RHP Justin Speier -- Fulfills the Speier quota.  If there's anything left in the tank Speier could contribute for a couple weeks if several devastating injuries pile up.  And by several I mean everybody on the staff.  

Other Pitching Invitees: RHP Craig Baker, RHP Andrew Graham, LHP Matt Reynolds


List courtesy of Inside The Rockies