Ranking MLB’s Starting Rotations: 30-26

28. Colorado Rockies

  • 1) Jorge De La Rosa,LHP, 33 years old: 14-11, 4.10 ERA, 184.1 IP, 161 H, 84 ER, 21 HR, 67 BB, 139 K, 1.24 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 4.34 xFIP, 2.1 WAR, 1.69 GB/FB, .263BABIP
    • 51.6 percent ground balls, 3,067 pitches, 1,861 strikes, 9.8 swinging strike percentage
    • 92.3 MPH FB (41.0), 83.0 MPH CH (26.0), 87.7 MPH CUT (22.5), 85.6 MPH SL (6.6), 74.1 MPH CRV (3.8)
    • The veteran of the staff, De La Rosa is owed $25 million over the next two seasons. In his career, he’s 84-68, and has battled injuries (in 2010 and 2011), and has been the center of trade rumors in the past, but will likely enter 2015 as the Rockies Opening Day starter.
  • 2) Jhoulys Chacin,RHP, 26 years old: 1-7, 5.40 ERA, 63.1 IP, 63 H, 38 ER, 8 HR, 28 BB, 42 K, 1.44 WHIP, 5.97 K/9, 3.98 BB/9, 4.53 xFIP, 0.4 WAR, 1.22 GB/FB, .285BABIP
    • 42.9 percent ground balls, 1,027 pitches, 644 strikes, 7.9 swinging strike percentage
    • 88.0 MPH FB (56.4), 78.6 MPH SL (22.2), 81.2 MPH CH (12.4), 74.4 MPH CRV (9.0)
    • Through 2013, Chacin was seen as one of the brightest young pitchers in baseball, with a 3.61 ERA in 113 career games (98 starts). He has been plagued by injuries in the past. In 2012, he was limited to 14 games with a pectoral injury. In 2014, he began the season on the DL with shoulder inflammation. He started just 11 games, went 1-7, and was then shut down. When healthy, he’s one of the most promising young pitchers in the game.
  • 3) Tyler Matzek,LHP, 24 years old: 6-11, 4.05 ERA, 117.2 IP, 120 H, 53 ER, 9 HR, 44 BB, 91 K, 1.39 WHIP, 6.96 K/9, 3.37 BB/9, 3.92 xFIP, 2.0 WAR, 1.64 GB/FB, .312BABIP
    • 49.7 percent ground balls, 1,764 pitches, 1,114 strikes, 8.1 swinging strike percentage
    • 92.7 MPH FB (55.2), 83.5 MPH SL (28.9), 88.6 MPH CH (10.9), 79.5 MPH CRV (5.0)
    • Picked 11th overall in the 2009 draft, Matzek went 29-29 with a 4.34 ERA in five minor league seasons, and was 5-4 with a 4.05 ERA in Triple A before being called up to the majors on June 11th. In 20 games (19 starts), he showed promise. After a terrible start against Detroit on August 2nd, he finished the season strong, with a 2.78 ERA over nine starts, a .236 opponent’s batting average, and one complete game shutout. He’ll enter next season as the third in the rotation, and the hope is, he’ll carry some of the success he had towards the end of the 2014 season into 2015.
  • 4) Jordan Lyles,RHP, 24 years old: 7-4, 4.33 ERA, 126.2 IP, 127 H, 61 ER, 12 HR, 46 BB, 90 K, 1.37 WHIP, 6.39 K/9, 3.27 BB/9, 3.98 xFIP, 1.6 WAR, 2.01 GB/FB, .295BABIP
    • 51.7 percent ground balls, 2,100 pitches, 1,284 strikes, 7.4 swinging strike percentage
    • 91.3 MPH FB (65.0), 87.0 MPH SL (18.8), 80.9 MPH CRV (8.5), 82.0 MPH CH (7.7)
    • Named the top pitching prospect in the Astros system in 2010, he pitched his way up to the major leagues, but went 14-29 with a 5.35 ERA in 65 starts from 2011-13. Houston then traded him to Colorado, along with outfielder Brandon Barnes, for star center fielder Dexter Fowler. Through August 2nd, he was 6-1 with a 3.72 ERA, and struggled a bit down the stretch, going 1-3 with a 5.23 ERA over his final nine outings.
  • 5) Christian Bergman,RHP, 26 years old: 3-5, 5.93 ERA, 54.2 IP, 75 H, 36 ER, 9 HR, 10 BB, 31 K, 1.55 WHIP, 5.10 K/9, 1.65 BB/9, 4.55 xFIP, 0.4 WAR, 0.78 GB/FB, .333BABIP
    • 42.0 percent fly balls, 886 pitches, 597 strikes, 6.7 swinging strike percentage
    • 89.0 MPH FB (54.4), 85.0 MPH SL (29.1), 81.9 MPH CH (13.6), 76.8 MPH CRV (6.9)
    • Bergman, 26, picked in the 24th round in 2010 out of UC Irvine by Colorado, had a very successful minor league career, with a 37-27 record, 3.66 ERA, and only 105 walks in 580 innings. He was never a truly highly touted prospect, never fielding a top-100 prospects honor, but always produced, and found himself in the majors last year. As it stands, he is in a competition to win the five-spot.
  • Other possible contributors:
    • RHP Eddie Butler, 23 years old: 1-1, 6.75 ERA, 16 IP
      • Rated the 24th overall prospect in the 2014 preseason, went 6-10 with a 3.99 ERA in the minors.
      • 93 MPH FB, 86 MPH CH, 87 MPH SL, 81 CRV
    • RHP ChadBettis, 24 years old: 0-2, 9.12 ERA, 24.2 IP
      • 3-4 with a 3.09 ERA in 20 games (only five starts) in Triple A.
      • 93 MPH FB, 88 MPH CH, 87 MPH CUT, 80 MPH CRV
    • LHP Chris Rusin, 28 years old: 0-0, 7.11 ERA, 12.2 IP (8-13, 4.31 ERA, 146.1 IP in AAA)
      • 8-13 with a 4.31 in 23 starts in Triple A.
      • 88 MPH FB, 86 MPH CUT, 81 MPH SL, 79 MPH CH, 78 MPH CRV

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