Tag:Charlie Blackmon
Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 5:08 pm

Rockies activate, option Fowler

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dexter FowlerAs expected, the Rockies have activated center-fielder Dexter Fowler from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Fowler had been on the DL with a left abdominal strain, but the Rockies got good production from his replacement, Charlie Blackmon. Had Fowler returned to the Rockies, it's unlikely he would have been any more than a backup or pinch-runner. Blackmon is hitting .378/.391/.400 so far this season, stealing five bases.

The team wants Fowler to work on his left-handed swing, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. The Rockies don't want Fowler to abandon switch-hitting but would like him to improve from the left side.

That seems odd, since he's been pretty bad as both a left-handed batter and right-handed batter. He has a higher batting average and on-base percentage as a left-handed hitter than as a right-hander. As a lefty, he's hitting .242/.341/.338 and is hitting (or not hitting) .226/.339/.377 as a right-handed hitter.

In his career, however, he's been better as a right-handed batter, hitting .282/.369/.414 right-handed vs. .243/.338/.380 left-handed.

It's possible this season's stats are skewed by smaller sample sizes, and scouts have seen holes in his swing left-handed. Fowler has benefited from a little bit of luck left-handed with a .365 batting average on balls in play as a lefty and a .293 BABiP as a right-hander.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 9:17 am

Fowler's stay in Triple-A may be extended

Dexter Fowler

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dexter Fowler's Triple-A rehab stint could turn into a demotion, Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post writes

The Rockies have told Fowler he may be staying in Triple-A when his rehab assignment is done later this week to work on his swing.

"We told Dexter that there was the possibility that once the 72-hour rehab is up there are no guaranteed that you'll go from rehab right to recall," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Armstrong. "He's aware of that. There are some things that obviously all of us have had a lot of discussions about … There are some things that obviously have to be ironed out."

With Fowler on the DL because of a left abdominal strain, rookie Charlie Blackmon (right) has taken over left field and Carlos Gonzalez has been shifted to center. In his eight games, Blackmon, the Rockies' second-round pick in 2008, is hitting .290/.290/.323 in eight games since being called up, he's also stolen four bases without being caught.

Fowler was struggling this season, hitting .238/.340/.348 in 247 plate appearances and had been caught stealing six times in eight attempts. He went hitless in four at-bats Tuesday for Triple-A Colorado Springs. 

Fowler is one of those incredible athletes who's fun to watch, but his speed has yet to be turned into an offensive weapon. He has a total of 42 stolen bases in his three seasons as a regular and a success rate of 64 percent.  

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Posted on: March 13, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:17 am

D-Backs' Duke out 6-8 weeks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Zack DukeThe NL Central curse is now spreading to former-NL Central pitchers -- former Pirates and current Diamondback Zach Duke is out six-to-eight weeks with two broken bones in his pitching hand.

Duke's injury means right-hander Barry Enright will likely break camp as the Diamondbacks' fifth starter.

Duke was hit Saturday night by a line drive off the bat of Colorado's Charlie Blackmon.

"It was very sensitive in the area, but I'm kind of surprised there's two broken bones in there," Duke told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "I'm going to shoot for as short a recovery as possible. The bones will tell me how much time it's going to take. The doctor wanted me to have X-rays each week to keep track of how it's healing. I'm going to be optimistic for sure."

Duke had a 7.88 ERA in four appearances this spring, allowing 18 hits, eight runs and seven earned runs in eight innings this spring. Enright has given up two runs on five hits in nine innings this spring. Enright's walked just one batter while striking out five.

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