The Rockies look like they are about to bring up some great rookies for the 2009 season and they are worth a good look. The Rockies are really filling out their pitching roster with young prospects. It could really go either way.
Rockies’ Rookies #1: Shane Lindsay (Pitcher)
Shane Lindsay was signed as a free agent a few years back by the Rockies. The Aussie born pitcher is a real K machine. He just needs to gain some significant control and he’ll be a pitcher that anyone would be afraid to face.
In 47.1 innings pitched he managed 56 strikeouts in 2008 and if his control was better he would be a grade-A pitcher. It looks as though the Rockies are working out with Lindsay and he’ll be on the roster this year. If he can stand up to the big leaguers remains to be seen but he looks like a great prospect.
Rockies’ Rookies #2: Eric Young (2nd Baseman)
If Eric Young Jr. is anything like his father the Rockies will be lucky to keep him around. Eric Young Jr. is the son of one of the original Rockies and is well known for his speed and batting. It looks like Jr. will take after dad if his minor league play is any indication. He has been rated as one of the fastest base runners and had a batting average of 404 during winter league.
Besides Young’s speed to Rockies are interested in his versatility. The young player does well at second base but also shows promise in the outfield, something the Rockies are desperately seeking.
Rockies’ Rookies #3: Hector Gomez (Shortstop)
Hector Gomez is a player with a lot of speed and great defensive instincts. At shortstop he could one day rival some of the bests, but he’s not there just yet. With a .266 batting average he’s about average and does seem to have some serious slumps. He might not bring the bat, however his skills on the field almost make up for it.
Rockies’ Rookies #4: Ryan Mattheus (Pitcher)
As a relief Ryan Mattheus might be the clutch the Rockies are looking for. Mattheus went 57.2 innings in 58 games with an ERA of 3.28 and 56 strikeouts. Mattheus tallied up 17 saves during the 2008 season and looks to be a really stable pitcher with a great deal of control and above average command. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Mattheus this season and if his statistics hold steady he’ll be a good asset.
Rockies’ Rookies #5: Carlos Gonzalez (Outfielder)
Gonzalez was part of a pretty great deal and he has a lot of power. With a .242 batting average he’s a bit average in the major leagues, but his minor league stats average at .286, so he might just need to adjust to major league hitting. He offers respectable right field and center field play which could be valuable to the Rockies.