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  • Rockies trade Fowler for two Astros

    Tue, December 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    dexter-fowlerThe Colorado Rockies announced they acquired right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named. 

    Lyles, 23, has pitched for the Astros in each of the last three seasons, with a 14-29 record with a 5.35 ERA (377.0 ip, 224 er), 117 walks and 259 strikeouts in 72 games, 65 starts.

    In 2013, the righthander went 7-9 with a 5.59 ERA (141.2 ip, 88 er), 49 walks and 93 strikeouts in 27 games, 25 starts.

    Lyles, who made his Major League debut as a 20-year-old on May 31, 2011 at the Chicago Cubs, owns a career 62.0-percent ground ball percentage. A native of Florence, SC, Lyles was originally selected by Houston in the supplemental first round (38th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Hartsville High School in Hartsville, SC. The 6-foot-4, 215-poung righthander was named the Astros top prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2011 season.

    Barnes, 27, spent the entire 2013 season in Houston as one of the club’s regular outfielders. He hit .240 (98-for-408) with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 41 RBI, 46 runs and 11 steals in 136 games. The 6-foot-2 right-handed batter is a career .233 (118-for-506) hitter in 179 career Major League games with the Astros (2012-13). A versatile outfielder, Barnes has played each of the three outfield positions in each of his first two campaigns, although he has spent the majority of his time in center field (148 games). Barnes was originally selected by Houston in the sixth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Cypress Junior College (Calif.).

    Fowler, 27, played in 119 games for the Rockies last season and batted .263 (109-for-415) with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 12 home runs, 42 RBI and 71 runs. Over his six-year Major League career, all with Colorado, Fowler has hit .270 (606-for-2248) with 120 doubles, 53 triples, 40 home runs, 210 RBI and 376 runs in 667 games. Fowler was originally selected by Colorado in the 14th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Milton High School (Ga.).

    The Rockies now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.

  • Rockies let midseason trade Boggs loose

    Tue, December 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    BoggsThe Colorado Rockies announced Monday that the club has not tendered a contract to right-handed pitcher Mitchell Boggs for the 2014 season, making him a free agent. 

    Boggs, 29, split the 2013 season between the Rockies organization and the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He began the 2013 season on the Cardinals’ Opening Day roster where he went 0-3 with two saves and an 11.05 ERA (14.2 ip, 20 er) in 18 games before being optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

    The Rockies acquired Boggs from St. Louis on July 9 for cash. Boggs made nine  appearances for the Rockies, going 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA (8.2 ip, 3 er). Overall in 2013, the Dalton, Georgia native went 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA (23.1 ip, 21 er) in 27 Major League appearances and 1-6 with a 6.07 ERA (46.0 ip, 31 er) in 34 Minor League appearances.

    Boggs went 1-6 for the Sky Sox with a 6.75 ERA in 40 innings over 30 games, including three starts.

    Boggs has pitched in parts of six Major League seasons with St. Louis (2008-2013) and Colorado (2013) and owns a 13-15 record with a 4.12 ERA (316.2 ip, 145 er) in 241 games, 15 starts.  The Rockies now have 37 players on its 40-man roster.

  • Cook, Golson leave Sky Sox; Galarraga arrives; Francis heads to bullpen

    Fri, July 19, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cook phillies mugCareer Rockies wins leader Aaron Cook is on the temporary inactive list after he decided to sit out the rest of the 2013 season. He has left the Sky Sox.

    Outfielder Greg Golson was released to make room for starting pitcher Armando Galarraga (No. 33), who joined the Rockies organization as part of a trade with the Reds for minor leaguer Parker Frazier on July 15.

    Francis MUGThe Denver Post is reporting that Jeff Francis will move to the bullpen in Colorado Springs to develop as a reliever.

    Here is more on Galarraga:

    Galarraga, 31, spent the entire season with Triple-A Louisville where he has gone 6-6 with a 2.98 ERA (84.2 ip, 28 er) over 16 starts. He has appeared in 100 career Major League games, 91 were starts, with Texas, Detroit, Arizona and Houston going 26-34 with a 4.78 ERA (542.0 ip, 288 er). In 2008 with Detroit, he went 13-7 with a 3.73 ERA (178.2 ip, 74 er) over 30 games/28 starts and finished fourth in the American League’s Rookie of the Year voting.

  • Sky Sox roster update

    Mon, June 24, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoHere are the latest transactions for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, who continue their road series in Sacramento at 8:05 MT tonight.

    Chris Volstad gets the start as the visitors try to rebound from a 20-4 loss on Sunday for the series split with the Pacific Southern Division leaders.

    DEL        P Brett Jacobson released

    DEL        P Jeff Manship (No. 41) placed on the disabled list with a blister on his right hand (retro to 6/20)

    DEL        C Matt McBride placed on the disabled list with a neck injury (retro to 6/22)

    ADD       P Hisanori Takahashi (14) acquired in a trade from the Cubs

    ADD       OF Kent Matthes (25) promoted from Double-A Tulsa

    ADD       P Chris Volstad (44) activated from the temporary inactive list (cleared waivers & accepted assignment)

    ADD        P Logan Kensing optioned down from Colorado


  • Postgame: Volstad performs well in Colorado Springs win; EY Jr. trade complete

    Tue, June 18, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Colorado Springs starter Chris Volstad (4-1) looked good in his return to the Sky Sox starting lineup after some time with the Rockies. He threw 53 strikes out of 97 pitches and went 6 1/3 innings with four hits and only a single earned run in the 4-1 victory.

    “Volstad did a good job tonight,” manager Glenallen Hill said. “He pitched inside and kept the ball down. He was aggressive and had the best tempo between pitches that he had all year.”

    That rhythm kept Volstad focused and allowed his 6-foot-8 frame and physical skills to dictate the pace. The defense behind him was sound, committing a single error and turning three double plays.

    “The defense was awesome,” Volstad said. “The infielders made a couple big plays on some bad hops and we got big catches in right and left field.”

    Trade completed

    According to the Denver Post, the Rockies acquired RHP Collin McHugh from the Mets in deal for Eric Young Jr.  McHugh will likely start at Class AA Tulsa.

    Pregame notes:  Sky Sox righthanded pitcher Cory Riordan (4-1, 5.18 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday’s matinee against righty Brandon Maurer (1-1, 1.53). …  … The name of this Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. Waldo Canyon Classic celebrity softball game at Security Service Field was changed to the Heroes Classic. The Sky Sox announced that $5 will be donated to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCMF) to assist victims of the Black Forest Fire for each $10-30 ticket sold. Anyone who lost their home in the recent fire or is still evacuated may attend for free by stopping by the box office. … Ramirez has not allowed an earned run over the past 15.0 innings. He has allowed one walk, struck out 14 and allowed a .189 batting average (10-f0r-53) since June 8.