5 Year Draft Review 2014

The MLB amateur draft is quickly approaching and while much emphasis will be placed on first and second round picks from this years draft, they are generally forgotten in the following seasons unless they maintain top prospect status. Because of this, we will look back at the last five Indians drafts and see how the Indians choices have fared. We did this last year and will be continuing...
Via Burning River Baseball
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Alex White makes first appearance since Tommy John

On April 11, 2013, Astros prospect Alex White underwent Tommy John surgery which caused him to miss the rest of the 2013 season. Yesterday, he pitched for the first time since surgery, appearing for the Astros' minor league Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City RedHawks, as reported by Brian McTaggart in this tweet:  Making his first appearance coming off Tommy John surgery...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros' Alex White should join team in March

Houston Astros pitcher Alex White has spent the past few months rehabbing at the Astros' training complex in preparation to return from Tommy John surgery. He has worked through a throwing program and pitched a bullpen session in front of general manager Jeff Luhnow, assistant GM, David Stearsns, and the Astros medical staff. He is now getting closer to joining his team in Spring...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros’ White focuses on health, not starts

The last time Astros righthander Alex White pitched in a game — an exhibition against the Chicago Cubs on March 29, 2013 — he thought he would get through the elbow pain. A lot of pitchers are that way. They might feel some discomfort during a game, but they know their bodies best. For White, the pain would typically subside by the next outing. That game against the Cubs at...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros pitcher Alex White to have Tommy John surgery

The Houston Astros will be without starting pitcher Alex White for the 2013 season. White, a 24-year-old right hander, will have Tommy John surgery. White had decreased velocity this spring and was originally diagnosed with a strained pitching elbow. The Astros acquired White from the Rockies in exchange for Wilton Lopez. Last season White made 23 appearances with the Rockies finishing...
April 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex White likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

If we're being honest with ourselves, Alex White's potential surgery will have little to no impact on the Houston Astros' season.  They are going to finish in last place in the American League West with or without White.  The potential surgery will have an impact on White, though.  He won't be available for a return to the mound until April of next year if he...
Via MLB Injury News
April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets 7, Astros 5

Shaun Marcum gave the Mets another pitcher to worry about. Alex White could be the answer to the Astros' Marcum headed to New York for a cortisone shot in his right shoulder while the Mets were beating the Houston Astros 7-5 Wednesday. Manager Terry Collins expects the right-hander to return for another spring training start early next week. ''He said he gets it every...
Via AP on Fox
March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fox: Pitchers to avoid on draft day

Preparing a mixed-league cheat sheet can be a daunting task for the everyday Joe or Jane, especially when arbitrarily forecasting which starting pitchers are on the cusp of a breakout ... or earmarked for a noticeable decline. But there's an easy way to proffer first cuts with starting pitchers, citing below-average "StrikeoutWalk" ratios: Simply eliminate the established...
Via Fox Sports South
March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fox: Pitchers to avoid on draft day

Preparing a mixed-league cheat sheet can be a daunting task for the everyday Joe or Jane, especially when arbitrarily forecasting which starting pitchers are on the cusp of a breakout ... or earmarked for a noticeable decline. But there's an easy way to proffer first cuts with starting pitchers, citing below-average "StrikeoutWalk" ratios: Simply eliminate the established...
Via Fox Sports South
March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

New-look Astros open spring training

A new era has begun for the Houston Astros, who will be playing under a new manager, in a new league and even in new blue and orange uniforms. Manager Bo Porter led several pitchers and catchers through an informal workout in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday, a day before the Astros' first organized spring training workout as members of the American League. He says the Astros can...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies Continue to Confuse, Acquire Wilton Lopez

In a vacuum, you could probably make a decent enough case in favor of exchanging Alex White for Wilton Lopez. As Jeff wrote last week, Lopez is the game’s most extreme high GB/low BB reliever, and this skillset allows him to be an effective late inning reliever. Lopez is a quality arm, and he can be a key piece of a good bullpen. Meanwhile, White has been pretty lousy during...
Via Fangraphs
December 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Astros trade Lopez to Rockies for White, minor-leaguer

Right-hander Wilton Lopez, who finished last season as the Houston Astros' closer, was acquired by the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Houston received right-handed starter Alex White and minor league right-hander Alex Gillingham in the deal. Colorado also will get cash or a player to be named. Lopez likely will serve as a setup man in front of Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies trade for Astros Wilton Lopez

On day two of the Winter Meetings the Colorado Rockies made a trade with the Houston Astros to acquire right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez. The Rockies sent starter Alex White and minor leaguer Alex Gillingham to Houston and will also receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. 
December 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies trade Alex White to Astros for Wilton Lopez

Alex White never realized his potential in a Rockies uniform.The Colorado Rockies dealt starting pitcher Alex White, one of the main pieces of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, to the Houston Astros for late-inning reliever Wilton Lopez.Lopez is a 29-year-old who owns a career ERA of 3.14 since 2009. He went 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA with 10 saves for the league-worst Astros in 2012.White leaves...
Via Rockies Review
December 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies get RHP Lopez from Astros for 2 pitchers

The Houston Astros have traded reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named to the Colorado Rockies for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham. The deal was announced Tuesday night and was the first trade at the winter meetings. Lopez was 6-3 with 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 64 games for the Astros last season. Known for his sharp control, he struck out 54 and walked just...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Astros complete trade to send Wilton Lopez to Rockies

After a deal between the Astros and Phillies fell apart over a physical that would have sent Wilton Lopez to the City of Brotherly Love, the Astros have instead dealt Lopez to the Colorado Rockies, who apparently had no issues with Lopez's elbow. Heading back to Houston in the trade are a pair of starting pitchers, Alex White and Alex Gillingham, while the Rockies also get a...
Via The Outside Corner
December 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Rejected by Phillies, Wilton Lopez is Good Enough for the Rockies, Who Acquire Him in Trade

Just days after the Phillies and Astros failed to complete a trade that was all done except for a physical, the Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros appear to have completed a trade for Astros closer Wilton Lopez. The Astros received in return Alex White and a minor league player,...
Via Philliedelphia
December 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies continue their free fall on fireworks night

Pomeranz couldn't find his location on Friday night.The Colorado Rockies seem to have their minds in a different place. The way they have been playing, they certainly can't be thinking about playing baseball.On Friday night, in front of fans more eager to watch the post-game fireworks show than the terrible product on the field, the Rockies looked as bad as ever. Before the...
Via Rockies Review
September 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies' De La Rosa set to return on Thursday

Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa threw a bullpen session Monday before the Colorado Rockies' 2-1 loss at San Francisco. It was the Rockies' third straight loss, all by one run, on their current trip and their 11th loss in the last 14 games. The Rockies are 30 games below .500 and 25 1/2 games out of first place, both season-worst figures. For the first time this year, De La...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - could there be a race?

I don't think this is very possible....but could the Nationals have their supremacy in the NL East threatened over the final two and a half weeks of the season? The Braves defeated Washington 5-1 on Sunday to complete a three game sweep, and Atlanta is now 5.5 out in the NL East, which is the smallest lead in the National League (even smaller than that of Braves wild card lead...
Via The Outside Corner
September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies 6, Giants 5

Rockies pitcher Alex White homered and Colorado finally solved a struggling Ryan Vogelsong, beating the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Monday night to snap a five-game losing streak. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence went deep for the Giants, who lost for only the second time in 10 road games. San Francisco's lead in the NL West was trimmed to five games over the idle Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via AP on Fox
September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies return home with end in sight

***For my regular audience (all three of you), I took a few days off from Rockies Review as I traveled to Minneapolis with friends to check out Target Field over the weekend. I always strive to cover every single game, and have come close to that in the four years that this blog has been in existence, but without the time or ability to watch the games live, or after the fact, I felt...
Via Rockies Review
September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies fall short against Padres, 5-4

Alex White has been unable to go more than four innings in recent starts for the Colorado Rockies. He failed even get that far against San Diego on Friday night and the Rockies went on to a 5-4 loss to the surging Padres. After working four innings in five straight starts, White (2-7) lasted only 3 2-3 in his latest outing, giving up three runs, four hits and three walks. He was...
Via AP on Fox
September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockies to repeat 4 man rotation in 2013

Denver, CO. Word has come down from the Colorado Rockies that they will continue to utilize the four man piggyback pitching rotation in 2013. Fans in Denver may moan when they hear this, but based on the current success with the rotation the idea has some legs. Many may find it actually a bad thing that the Rockies are having success as the season draws to a close, but as fans we...
Via Denver Sports Chat
August 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Game Picks - Saturday: August 25, 2012

Anytime a day of picks has the Astros and Cubs for wins AND those picks come in correctly...well, that is a good day. And it was a good day with ten out of the fifteen picks coming in correctly. The Game of the Day is on a roll, which after a long dry spell, is gratifying. The Cardinals continue to confound this picker though as they were picked to lose and sure enough were losing...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 25, 2012  |  Discuss
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