‘bye Greg, Hello Chad & Blake

The Rockies and Rangers swapped players Thursday, sending Greg Reynolds over to the Rangers for Chad Tracy.  Reynolds, the Rockies 2nd round overall pick in the 2006 draft, has only played 94 games with the team, amassing a 7.47 ERA.  He has been plagued by injury issues and what must have been extreme amounts pressure from being the guy picked when the Rockies passed on players like Longoria, Kershaw and Lincecum.

The club also announced a one year deal with Casey Blake.  Blake, 38, will be joining the sixth Major League team during his 13-year Major League career. The Des Moines, IA native spent the 2011 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, his fourth season with Los Angeles, and batted .252 (51-for-202) with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 26 RBI in 63 games. The right-handed hitter has batted .264 (1186-for-4500) with 264 doubles, 18 triples, 167 home runs and 616 RBI in 1,265 career games. The 2011 season marked Blake’s first since 2002 that he played in fewer than 109 Major League games. Additionally, Blake had at least 20 doubles and 15 home runs in eight-straight seasons from 2003-10.

Blake has spent the majority of his career as a third baseman, playing 923 career games at the hot corner. Blake has also seen significant time at first base (116 games) and in the outfield (242 games) over his career. In 30 career games at Coors Field, he has batted .311 (32-for-103) with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 23 RBI. Blake was selected by Toronto in the seventh round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft out of Wichita State University. He has played in the Majors with Toronto (1999), Minnesota (2000-02), Baltimore (2001), Cleveland (2003-08) and the Dodgers (2008-11). The Rockies now have 39 players on the 40-man roster with the addition of Blake.

Chad Tracy, who happens to be Jim Tracy’s son, has never been to the show.  Tracy, 26, batted .259 with 32 doubles, 2 triples, 26 home runs and 109 RBI in 134 games for Triple-A Round Rock in 2011. His 26 home runs and 109 RBI led the Round Rock club and set a new Round Rock single-season franchise record. Additionally, Tracy’s 109 RBI were tied for the Pacific Coast League lead and lead all Rangers farmhands last season. Originally selected in the third round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Pepperdine University, Tracy is a .269 (704-for-2619) career hitter with 167 doubles, 111 home runs and 472 RBI over parts of six Minor League seasons, all in the Rangers organization. The right-handed hitter and thrower was named to the Texas League Post-Season All-Star team in 2009 after a season in which he batted .279 (149-for-535) with 32 doubles, 26 home runs and 107 RBI.

So ends the era of Greg Reynolds, our highest pick ever.  We were all pulling for him, but the pressure both physically and mentally seemed to take its toll. Reynolds, 26, split the 2011 season between Triple-A Colorado Springs and in the Majors with Colorado. With the Rockies he went 3-0 with a 6.19 ERA (32.0 ip, 22 er) in 13 appearances/3 starts over five stints. At Triple-A Colorado Springs he went 6-7 with a 6.81 ERA (109.2 ip, 83 er) with 65 strikeouts and 32 walks in 19 starts. The Pacifica, CA native has a career Major League record of 5-8 with a 7.47 ERA (94.0 ip, 78 er) over two seasons (2008, 2011) with the Rockies. Additionally, Reynolds has a career Minor League record of 21-18 with a 4.70 ERA (377.1 ip, 197 er).

So long Greg, we hardly knew ye.

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Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

It seems like Blake has hit .990 (all GS HR’s) in Coors against the Rockies.

Rich M
Rich M
8 years ago

DanO must be back from his holiday vacation, and just decided to made this huge move that really amounts to almost nothing except we can now finally close the book on the most disappointing Rockie ever drafted in one Greg Reynolds.

BTW I really like the Blake deal as a stop gap until Arenando is ready for The Show!

Eric M.
Eric M.
8 years ago

First time posting on this new site. Great, great job, Jaredean!!! Anyway, it is pretty sad to see Reynolds go due to the fact that I always held out hope that he’d pan out for us after spending such a high draft pick on him. However, it was painfully obvious after this last year that he will never, ever crack our rotation. Hopefully for him he will make it in Texas (just not too successful 🙂 Hope Tracy is a… Read more »

milehimarc
milehimarc
8 years ago

Chad Tracy’s 109 RBI w/Round Rock a year ago broke the franchise mark of 101; which was established by Mike Coolbaugh in 2005.
If you are looking for a great off-season read, I recommend “Heart of the Game” by SL Price, the Mike Coolbaugh story.

Marc

Rich M
Rich M
8 years ago

DanO your Rockies house cleaning would be a little easier if you did it more than once every five years or so. So, yes, three #1 draft picks have been cast off this off season with Stewart, Weathers, and finally now G Reynolds. No problem with any of these moves except that they were done a couple years too late in each case. The inability to evaluate baseball talent and recognize a drafting mistake then just moving on shows how… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Rich M

Like Button Pressed.

As I was reading your post I was nodding my head and thinking “Chris Nelson” and then got to the final paragraph and you addressed him.

I agree. He needs to be given the Jayson Nix treatment. Have the job out of Spring Training and if he can’t hit in the during April just let him go.

Ike
Ike
8 years ago

Does this organization draft poorly or do they develop poorly? I know baseball yields a much lower percentage than other sports, but it is difficult to believe the quantity of misses this organization has had. It really makes me wonder about what happens to these players once they enter the organization.

konaman
konaman
8 years ago

I like the move with Blake, hope it works outl. Now will we ever be able to change our fiddle with the lineup so everybody can be rested for a useless September manager?? Go Rockies!!

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Lots of good comments that I agree with. Blake is a perfect signing: a one year, reasonably-priced contract to adequately fill 3B until the arrival of Arenado. A good question was raised about whether our problem is merely bad drafting, or whether bad player development has contributed to the problem. I’m sure that it’s some of each. Regardless, Reynolds wasn’t going to pan out, so we might as well see if Tracy turns into anything, although that’s a really bad… Read more »

Wayne
Wayne
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Jaredean, couldn’t agree more. They should always take the best available for exactly the reason you have mentioned. If what we have is very good then trade either what we have or the young phenom. Either way you have bargaining power. The way DOD did it with Stewart and other number ones was to fill a hole and then be left with nothing. Is it drafting or player development? I say drafting because the guy that scouts, signs, and develops… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

I truely believe it is all on Bill Geivett and his staff of player development. I disagree that Stewart was a poor draft pick. Is that what most Rockies fans thought when he was being touted as a #4 prospect in baseball by, I can’t remember which one, either America or Prospectus? I doubt it. Yes, some of it is definitely on the player but a good part of it is also on player development. If something needs to be… Read more »

Rich M
Rich M
8 years ago

Jardeen (BTW great site here at RWO!) I agree with you regarding taking the best player available (especially in the first round) in the draft and I think that also includes evaluating the pitchers vs position players. There are many drafts that I have followed where I just know that the Rockies are going to take a pitcher in the first round primarily because it is next to impossible to get a free agent pitcher to make his home at… Read more »

trip
trip
8 years ago

I know there is a lot of blasting of the Rocks drafting, but not all of it is deserved. Here’s a link to an article about pitchers selected in the first round (copy and paste into your browser. Doing this to try to avoid the moderator purgatory….( Jaredean, is it possible to grant some users the ability to post without moderator interference? The ones you know for sure will only post links to discuss for example?) http://tinyurl.com/SIRox Some key stats… Read more »

Ike
Ike
8 years ago
Reply to  trip

Awesome Trip. Thanks for posting this.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Chad Tracy the Lesser is organizational filler. A non-prospect.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

A non-prospect that we may very well see at 1st base this season.

Ghoste
Ghoste
8 years ago

Blake seems like a small, but good veteran signing. Hopefully he can overcome last season’s injuries and contribute.

-ghoste

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