Expansion Era Minor League All-Star Rosters – Rockies
Founded on my research for the “Minors vs Majors” chapter in my book, “Hardball Retroactive” paired with complementary articles “Minors vs. Majors: The Top Minor League Batters in the Expansion Era” and “Minors vs. Majors: The Top Minor League Pitchers in the Expansion Era“, the ensuing series will reveal the Minor League All-Star rosters for every MLB franchise based primarily on single-season statistics in Runs Created / 140 Games (batters) and Fielding Independent Pitching (pitchers).
- individual seasons in the Expansion Era (1961 – 2017)
- levels A through AAA
- ages 24 or younger (A and A+)
- age 25 seasons (AA and AAA)
- age 26 seasons (AAA)
RC – Runs Created – using the basic formula devised by Bill James:
((H + BB) * TB) / (AB + BB)
Note: I utilized the basic formula as opposed to the Technical Version due to incomplete GIDP and IBB data.
RC/140 – Runs Created per 140 Games as Minor League ballplayers
RC / (G / 140)
FIP – Fielding Independent Pitching – “Fielding Independent Pitching converts a pitcher’s three true outcomes into an earned run average-like number. The formula is (13*HR+3*(HBP+BB)-2*K)/IP, plus a constant (usually around 3.2) to put it on the same scale as earned run average.
FIP is a component ERA inspired by the work of Voros McCracken on defense-independent pitching statistics, but has become more widely used because of the ease of computation – it requires only four easily-found box score stats, uses only basic arithmetic operations and has four easily-memorized constants. It was conceived of by both Tom Tango and Clay Dreslough, the latter of who called it Defense-Independent Component ERA.” (definition courtesy of Baseball Prospectus Glossary).
The Colorado Rockies
Corey Dickerson logged the top RC/140 (155.9) in the first quarter-century of the Rockies’ existence while slashing .371/.414/.632 at Colorado Springs (AAA) in 2013. Dickerson rapped 30+ doubles in three consecutive seasons (2016-18), achieved All-Star status with the Rays in 2017 and claimed Gold Glove honors as a Pirate in the subsequent season. Todd Helton (#1, 1995) placed runner-up in the 1998 NL Rookie of the Year race and fifth in the 2000 NL MVP vote after pacing the circuit with a .372 BA, .463 OBP, .698 SLG, 216 hits, 59 doubles and 147 RBI. “The Toddfather” compiled a .316 lifetime batting average across 17 seasons in the Mile High City after hitting .352 as a member of the SkySox (AAA) in ’97. Brad Hawpe (.347/22/97) led the 2002 Salem Avalanche (A+) in the Triple Crown categories along with 38 two-baggers, 81 walks, an OBP of .447 and a .587 SLG. Five years later he established career-highs with 29 jacks and 116 ribbies. Third-sacker Garrett Atkins finished fourth in the 2005 NL Rookie of the Year balloting and recorded a .305 BA with 25 jacks and 110 RBI over a three-year period (2006-08) in Colorado. Atkins slashed .343/.408/.529 against Pacific Coast League pitching before ascending to full-time status in the big leagues. Neifi Perez captured a Gold Glove award and drilled 39 doubles in 2000. The slick-fielding shortstop batted at a .363 clip in 68 Triple-A contests, then closed out the campaign with 10 triples and a .291 BA across 83 games with the Rockies. Dexter Fowler merited a cup of coffee in September 2008 as the result of a .335 BA, 31 two-base knocks and 20 stolen bases for the Tulsa Drillers (AA).
Jeff Francis (#1, 2002) made his MLB debut on August 25, 2004 following a dominant campaign in the upper minors as he combined for 16 victories, an ERA of 2.22 and a WHIP of 0.888 spanning 24 starts. Bryan Rekar fashioned a 10-5 mark with a 1.90 ERA and a 0.959 WHIP while splitting the first half of 1995 between the New Haven Ravens (AA) and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA). Juan Nicasio delivered a 9-3 record with a 2.41 ERA with the Asheville Tourists (A) in ’09. He excelled in a setup role for the Bucs in 2016 (10.5 SO/9) after toiling with mixed results through four seasons as a starter with the Rockies.
Through 13 MLB seasons, backstop Chris Iannetta blasted 135 round-trippers. “Destructobeam” achieved a late-season recall in 2006 after supplying a .336 BA and slugging .564 with Tulsa (AA) and Colorado Springs (AAA). Quinton McCracken pilfered 43 bags and supplied a .359 BA to merit a cup of coffee in ’95. Clint Barmes produced career-bests in doubles (32) and home runs (23) with Colorado in 2009, five seasons after pounding PCL pitching for a .328 BA, 42 two-base knocks and 104 tallies.
Jhoulys Chacin delivered a 2.03 ERA and recorded 18 victories during his age-20 season as a Rockies farmhand. Chad Bettis furnished an ERA of 3.35 along with 9.8 SO/9 for the Modesto Nuts (A+) in 2011.
References and Resources
Bill James Baseball Abstract
About the Author
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“Hardball Retrospective – Addendum 2014 to 2016” supplements my research for Hardball Retrospective, providing retroactive standings based on Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and Win Shares (WS) for each “original” team over the past three seasons (2014-2016). Team totals from 2010 – 2013 are included for reference purposes. “Addendum” is available in paperback and digital formats through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace.