2007 Colorado Rockies
Spring training review
Manager Clint Hurdle is looking for ‘good stuff to happen in 2007’ but optimism alone is no cure for a gloomy outlook. Last year the Colorado Rockies finished with a not so-good record of 76 wins and 86 losses, in 5th place a full 12 games in back of the NL West Division winners, the San Diego Padres.
Offense is the Rockies power-suit. In 2006 as a team they averaged 5.02 runs per/game versus a National League average of 4.76. Colorado hammered 157 homers vs an NL average of 178. Their man guns of 2006 were left-fielder Matt Holliday .326 batting average, 45 doubles, 5 triples, 34 homers, 119 Runs, 114 RBIs and 10 stolen bases, first baseman Todd Helton .302 batting average, 40 doubles, 5 Ts, 15 Hrs, 94 Runs, 81 RBIs, 91 BB, and right-fielder Brad Hawpe .293, with 33 Ds, 6 Ts, 22 Hrs, 67 Runs, 84 RBIs.
2007 Colorado Rockies Spring Training 40-Man
Manager Clint Hurdle… Coaches Bob Apodaca, Alan Cockrell, Rick Mathews, Glenallen Hill, Jamie Quirk, Mark Strittmatter
Matt Holiday, Brad Hawpe, Jeff Baker, Choo Freeman, Cory Sullivan, Jeff Salazar, Ryan Spilborghs, Willy Traveras
Alvin Colina, Chris Iannetta, Yorvit Torrealba, Javy Lopez
Garrett Atkins, Clint Barmes, Troy Tulowitzki, Jamey Carroll, Omar Quintanilla, Kazuo Matsui, Jonathan Herrera, Jayson Nix. and Todd Helton
Jeremy Affeldt, Denny Bautista, Ryan Speier, Ramon Ramirez, Juan Morillo, Tom Martin. Aaron Cook, Taylor Bucholtz, Byung-Hyun Kim
Ubaldo Jimenez, Darren Clarke, Manuel Corpas, Josh Fogg, Jeff Francis, Brian Fuentes, LaTroy Hawkins, Jason Hirsh
Baseball Player Profiles
Garrett Atkins was born in Orange California. The 6 foot 3 inch 215 pound, right-handed hitting Garrett Atkins broke into professional baseball in 2000 at age 20 with Portland of the Northwest League and hit a solid .303 in 69 games. After quickly moving up in the minors, he joined the Colorado Rockies late in 2003, playing 25 games at third base. Splitting his defense at third and first base, Garrett Atkins captured the attention of baseball fans by becoming one of the premier hitters of this time frame. A patience hitter with excellent bat control he posted stats in 2005 of .287 batting average, 31 doubles, 13 homers and 89 RBIs, and from then on Garrett Atkins power numbers rose quickly, .329 with 48 Ds, 29 Hrs, 117 Runs, 120 RBIs in 2006. His all-around play helped the Rockies reach the 2007 World Series - 301, 35 Ds, 25 Hrs, 11 RBIs. In 2008 he had a .286, 32 Ds, 21 Hrs, 99 RBIs. He played a major role in 2007.
Aaron Cook was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Aaron Cook started pitching in pro ball in 1997 in the Arizona League and worked his way up the minor league ladder to Carolina of the Southern League and Colorado Springs of the Pacific Coast League AAA in 2002 then debuted into the majors with the Colorado Rockies in late 2002. During his first full major league season in 2003 the right-handed Aaron Cook posted a 4-6 record with a very high 6.02 ERA in 43 games, including 16 starts. He spent much of 2004-2005 on the disabled list. Last season, 2006, he notched a 9-15 record with a very solid 4.23 ERA in 212.2 innings, spanning 32 games. Aaron Cook is a excellent fielding pitcher and his pitching arsenal includes a first class sinkerball, a variety of fastballs, a slider and a changeup.
Clint Barmes was born in Vincennes, Indiana on March 6, 1979. Clint Barmes, a SS/2B will use every opportunity to work on his hitting during spring workouts. “I’m just hoping to figure out a little bit of everything and improve on my swing,” he said. He started in the majors with the Rockies in 2003 and hit .320 in 25 at bats. In 2005 Clint Barmes batted .289 with 19 doubles, 10 Hrs in 350 at bats as Colorado starting shortstop, even though he was on the disabled list from June 6 thru Sept 2. It’s a well-known fact among baseball people that Clint Barmes always eats chicken salad sandwiches during pre-game meals when he on a batting streak, and usually will shave his head as luck prevails. A highly rated sure-handed fielder, he’s a top pivot man on double plays.
Willy Taveras was born in Tenares, Dominican Republic. A quick-stepping centerfielder, Willy Taveras is an excellent bunter and a great base runner. He started in the minors in 2000 with Burlington at age 19 and made it to the majors with the Houston Astros in late 2004. As a rookie next season he posted a .291 batting average with 34 stolen bases in 152 games. In 2006 he hit .278, stole 33 bases in 149 games, then in December was traded to the Colorado Rockies along with pitchers Taylor Buchholtz and Jason Hirsh for pitchers Miguel Asencio and Jason Jennings. In 2007 with Colorado, Willy Traveras, batting leadoff, batted a robust .320 with 33 stolen bases and scored 64 runs, despite being on the disabled list from August 15 to Sept 1.
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