Tag:Matt McBride
Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:14 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 2:26 pm

Rockies' Alex White arrested for DUI

Alex WhiteBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Even as a reporter, when we covered spring training in Arizona, we were told not to drink and drive. Not that you should anywhere, but in the Phoenix area, they don't mess around.

Rockies pitcher Alex White learned the hard way. The 23-year-old right-hander was arrested Saturday night for driving under the influence of alcohol, the team announced on Sunday.

The Rockies released a statement on Sunday:
"We were extremely disappointed to learn that Alex White had been arrested last night. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization, and through our discussions with him we know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decisions, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused himself, his family and the organization.

"Alex is taking full accountability for his actions with his teammates and manager.  The man we have grown to know is a dedicated teammate who has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. We believe he will learn from his unfortunate decision and clearly understands the severity of the situation."
White was acquired in the deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland last year. The Rockies also acquired Drew Pomeranz, Joseph Gardner and Matt McBride in the Jimenez deal. Poemranz, who like White was a first-round pick by the Indians, was arrested last October in Oxford, Miss., for disturbing the peace. Those charges were dropped in January.

White made seven starts for the Rockies last season, going 2-4 with an 8.42 ERA, while going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts for the Indians. Overall he was 3-4 with a 7.01 ERA. He went 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts in the minor leagues, last season. He's in the mix this spring for a spot in the Rockies' rotation.

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Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:35 pm

Rockies' Pomeranz to debut on Sunday

Drew PomeranzBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Just more than three weeks after undergoing an appendectomy, Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz will make his big-league debut on Sunday against the Reds.

The centerpiece of the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland, Pomeranz has just thrown 10 innings in Double-A since July 25. In two starts in the Rockies' system, Pomeranz has thrown 10 scoreless innings, including three perfect innings on Monday night, striking out three batters for Double-A Tulsa. In his organizational debut on Aug. 17, Pomeranz threw seven scoreless innings for Tulsa, allowing just two hits and striking out four. Overall this season, he's 4-3 with a 1.78 ERA in 20 starts, striking out 119 batters in 101 innings. Batters are hitting just .189 against him this season.

Pomeranz threw 47 pitches on Monday and will be on a  pitch count on Sunday against Cincinnati. 

"Obviously you're anxious to see that, just like you were anxious to see Alex White," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told the Denver Post. "He's left-handed, you've gotten rave reviews about what people in the organization have seen up to this point. … But Sunday he gets to face major league hitters and you get to find out that there's a little bit of difference between facing hitters in the Texas League and facing hitters in the major leagues."

Pomeranz was the fifth pick overall in the 2010 draft by the Indians and came over to the Rockies in the trade that also sent the right-handed White to Colorado along with first baseman/outfielder Matt McBride and right-hander Joseph Gardner.

White, the Indians first-rounder in 2009, has made three starts for the Rockies, going 1-1 with a 7.41 ERA. He had a no-decision in his Rockies debut on Aug. 23 and picked up his first win in the National League on Saturday, allowing five hits and four runs in five innings in a 5-4 Colorado win at San Diego. He also had three starts for the Indinas, going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA with the Indians.

Since going to Cleveland, Jimenez has gone 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA in seven starts.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 9:10 pm

Jimenez to be traded to Indians

By Matt Snyder

Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez's name has been front and center for much of the past two weeks in trade talk, and it appears he will finally be traded. CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler is reporting it will happen sometime before the deadline. Still, it's not 100 percent and Jimenez is even making his scheduled start at San Diego Saturday night. Of course, Esmil Rogers began warming up in the bullpen in the first inning, so it looks like the deal could be finalized during the game. UPDATE: After throwing one inning, Jimenez was greeted with hugs from the entire team and coaching staff in the dugout. Thus, it appears he's leaving and everyone was saying their good-byes.

Despite the rampant rumors for weeks, Jimenez has remained professional, according to his manager.

"He's been very, very professional about moving this thing off to the side," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. "During the course of the last week or so, there have been so many things swirling, not only around him but around others, that you wonder where some of these things originate. ... I'm a big believer in that you stay focused and work on the things within your control. And none of us have control over this."

Jimenez, 27, is 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 122 innings this season. He was stellar in 2010, however, and finished third in NL Cy Young voting. He's really cheap for the next three seasons with team-friendly options taking him through 2014. So this isn't necessarily the Indians mortgaging the future for 2011. Jimenez will be their ace for at least 3 1/2 seasons. But they did pay handsomely for him.

Knobler reports the Rockies will receive prospects Drew Pomeranz, Alex White and Matt McBride heading to Colorado.

Pomeranz, 22, is a big catch. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He's got a 1.98 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 91 innings across Class A and Double-A this season -- his first as a pro. Many project him as a future ace.

White's no slouch himself and is actually more highly touted than Pomeranz. The 22-year-old right-hander was the Tribe's first-round pick in 2009. He has a 1.98 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in Triple-A and a 3.60 ERA in his three big-league appearances. He's struck out 13 in 15 innings for the Indians.

McBride, 26, figures to be a utility player with good pop. He's played left field, right field, first base and catcher this season. He's hitting .279/.339/.501 across both Double-A and Triple-A. He's got power that will play well in Coors Field, as he's slugged 15 homers in 93 games.

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