I missed it when it was posted last week, but MiLB.com has an in-depth look at Robert Stock’s first year in the pen in the Cardinals chain. A 2009 second-round pick as a catcher, he made the switch this spring after hitting .241/.320/.347 in 2 1/2 years as a pro.
Stock had a 4.56 ERA in 71 innings as a reliever in the Midwest League this year before getting shut down with a sore shoulder last month. In the Andrew Pentis interview, he talks about his mindset as a former catcher on the mound and grades his pitches. He also says Stock the batter would have won the battle against Stock the pitcher this year:
“This year, the batter would win,” said Stock, who would work himself (against himself) into a hitter’s count and hunt for a fastball. “Hopefully, next year, the pitcher would win.”
The Rockies are looking for a “front-of-rotation-type pitcher,” per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. He notes that the club is also in on free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.
Starting pitching has not been the Rockies’ strong suit in recent years. The club had baseball’s fifth-worst rotation ERA in baseball this past season at 4.79. It’s tough to entice big-name free agent pitchers to pitch given how their stats are adversely affected by the hitter-friendly nature of Coors Field. Trading would be one way around that.
Though Chris Sale is off the board, the Rockies could still try to pry Chris Archer from the Rays or Jose Quintana from the White Sox.
As presently constructed, the Rockies’ rotation includes Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson, and German Marquez.
SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo passes along an interesting piece of information. New Yankees OF/DH Matt Holliday has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block a trade to exactly one team: the Athletics.
Holliday was briefly a member of the A’s back in 2009. He had a decent two months in Oakland, so it isn’t as if he feels he couldn’t produce there. However, the A’s do play their home games at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, which is the fifth-oldest stadium in baseball, having opened in 1966. You may recall that the Coliseum has had some issues recently. Three years ago, the coaches’ bathroom overflowed with sewage and sewage also came out of faucets. Earlier this year, there were more plumbing issues as the Yankees’ clubhouse toilet was backed up and water overflowed into the dugout. It’s understandable why Holliday might not want to play half his games there.