BAPR Plus: Colorado Rockies

With a minor league system that’s loaded with players who are ready to make a big league impact, it should come as no surprise that Colorado gave quite a few prospects extended looks this spring.

Who’s Hot: Chris Iannetta was so good during the first few weeks of camp that the Rockies cut Javy Lopez, who was an insurance plan in case the rookie struggled, midway through Spring Training. Iannetta hit .353/.500/.500 with five doubles and 10 BB vs. 9 K in 34 spring at-bats. He could go on to make the biggest impact of any rookie catcher in 2007.

Despite losing some time due to a bruised forearm shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (.321/.379/.434 in 53 at-bats) still managed to put together a solid spring. His 4 K vs. 12 BB are small cause for concern, though.

Outfielder Jeff Baker (.255/.321/.471 and 3 HR in 51 at-bats), outfielder Ian Stewart (.316/.480/.579 in 19 at-bats) and righthander Ubaldo Jimenez (1.18 WHIP and 8 K in 11.0 IP) also had strong performances this spring.

Who’s Not: Jason Hirsh (1.41 WHIP and 5 K in 17.2 IP) didn’t impress this spring but he’ll still enter the season as Colorado’s No. 4 starter.

“He has limited (major league) experience,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “The only way for him to grow is to give him more opportunities.”

First baseman Joe Koshansky (.150/.261/.150 in 20 at-bats) also didn’t have the kind of spring the Rockies were hoping for. It wouldn’t be wise to put too much stock into the slugger’s small sample of spring at-bats. Still, the Rockies probably would have liked to see the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder get at least one extra base-hit.