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79 Colton Welker 3B

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September 15, 2021 02:24 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Gets fourth start in six games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker will start at third base and bat seventh Wednesday in Atlanta.

Welker sticks in the lineup for the fourth time in six games after going 3-for-15 with three runs and an RBI to kick off his big-league career. Though he's getting a breather Wednesday, Ryan McMahon still looks like the Rockies' everyday third baseman, but his ability to swing over to first or second should open up at least a part-time role for Welker over the final few weeks of the season.

September 8, 2021 12:44 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Gets first call-up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker will be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Welker served an 80-game suspension to begin the 2021 campaign but reported to Albuquerque in mid-August. He appeared in 23 games with the Triple-A affiliate and slashed .286/.378/.476 with three home runs, 18 RBI and 13 runs during that time. The 23-year-old's numbers in the minors haven't jumped off the page, but he brought his walk rate up to 12.2 percent in Albuquerque and will now play his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field. He'll provide help in the corner infield behind C.J. Cron and Ryan McMahon while Connor Joe (hamstring) is sidelined.

August 10, 2021 10:08 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Reinstated from suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker (suspension) rejoined Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday and has gone 3-for-10 with a double, three RBI and a run in his first two games of the season for the affilate.

After completing the 80-game suspension he received in May for violating MLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Welker was finally cleared to report to the Rockies' top affiliate. Before his suspension lapsed, Welker was able to complete a rehab assignment in the lower levels of the minors. Between stops in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League and High-A Spokane, Welker slashed .194/.268/.500 over 10 games.

August 2, 2021 01:20 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Rehabbing at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker (suspension) began a rehab assignment July 26 at the Rockies' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate and has since moved up to High-A Spokane.

Welker has played six rehab games in total between the two affiliates, going 3-for-22 with a pair of walks and two doubles. The 23-year-old opened the season on the Rockies' restricted list after he was handed an 80-game suspension May 6 following a positive test of a banned substance. Since Welker was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque coming out of spring training, he'll first be eligible to rejoin the affiliate Aug. 8. In the meantime, expect Welker to continue his rehab assignment in the lower levels of the minors for the next week.

May 6, 2021 07:48 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Faces 80-game suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker tested positive for a substance banned under Major League Baseball's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and was suspended for 80 games Thursday.

Welker released a statement through the MLB Players Association stating that he tested positive for use of Oral Turinabol. Prior to the suspension, he nearly broke camp with the big-league team and was expected to make an impact in Colorado this season. This suspension will delay that debut, though he reached Double-A Hartford in 2019, so he could still ultimately reach the majors very late in the campaign.

March 27, 2021 04:20 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Sent to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

Welker was being considered for a spot on the Opening Day roster this spring after slashing .366/.386/.512 with one home run and 10 RBI in 24 Cactus League games, but he'll head to Triple-A Albuquerque to begin the year. However, the 23-year-old could be in line to make his major-league debut at some point in 2021 if he continues to perform well in the minors.

March 23, 2021 04:56 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: In hunt for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rockies are giving consideration to carrying Welker on their Opening Day roster, Thomas Harding of reports.

Welker has experience at both corner-infield spots, but the Rockies are most likely viewing him as a candidate for duties at third base, since C.J. Cron has seemingly solidified himself as Colorado's everyday first baseman. The post-Nolan Arenado Rockies are far less settled at the hot corner, where Josh Fuentes (.714 OPS in 159 career MLB plate appearances) likely projects as the starter in the likely event Ryan McMahon is needed to fill in at second base for Brendan Rodgers (hamstring) to begin the season. Fuentes hasn't performed poorly enough this spring to lose his foothold atop the depth chart, but Welker has made himself relevant in the job battle by slashing .353/.378/.529 with a 23.5 percent strikeout rate over 34 plate appearances in Cactus League play. Harding notes that manager Bud Black has raved about Welker's maturity and power potential throughout the spring, so the 23-year-old looks like he'll have a legitimate shot to stake his claim to a roster spot over the final few spring games. Welker could be worth considering in the endgame of drafts, considering the upside he would have as a potential everyday player at Coors Field.

March 10, 2021 10:24 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Drives in three runs Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker went 1-for-1 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's spring win over the Padres.

Welker spent the entire 2020 campaign at the Rockies' alternate training site, but he's gotten off to a hot start to begin spring training in 2021. Across nine games, the 23-year-old has gone 7-for-16 with four extra-base hits, eight RBI, two runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Welker's contract was selected in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and he could make his major-league debut at some point in 2021. "He's swinging the bat great," manager Bud Black told Thomas Harding of "He's got good bat speed, and his pitch recognition is great."

November 20, 2020 06:40 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Contract selected by Colorado
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster Friday.

Welker will unsurprisingly join the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 23-year-old had a .721 OPS with 10 homers and 53 RBI in 2019 and was able to continue his development with the 60-man player pool last season.

July 27, 2020 05:44 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Gets spot in player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rockies added Welker to their 60-man roster pool Monday.

Welker had previously received an invitation to big-league spring training, so his inclusion in the Rockies' 60-man pool doesn't come as a major surprise. Though Welker was drafted as a third baseman, his most realistic home at the MLB level will likely come across the diamond, given his defensive limitations at the hot corner. He's unlikely to make his big-league debut in 2020 unless both Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon are forced to miss time at some point during the 60-game season.

March 23, 2020 11:28 AM
Rockies' Colton Welker: High on organizational depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker or Tyler Nevin will have a chance to play first base for the Rockies in the coming years, according to farm director Zach Wilson, Jonathan Mayo of reports.

Wilson notes that Ryan McMahon has found a home at second base, so as things stand, it could be Welker or Nevin, assuming the Rockies decline Daniel Murphy's mutual option for 2021. Michael Toglia is the best first base prospect in the system, but he is at least a year behind Nevin and Welker. In 23 plate appearances in big-league camp, Welker hit .438 with two doubles, six walks and one strikeout. He hit just .229/.340/.253 with a 13:12 K:BB in 97 plate appearances in the Arizona Fall League. Welker should head to Double-A or Triple-A when the minor-league season gets underway.

February 6, 2020 11:08 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Invited to big-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker was invited to the Rockies' major-league spring training camp Wednesday.

Welker played 98 games for Double-A Hartford in 2019, hitting .252/.313/.408 with 10 home runs, 53 RBI and 37 runs scored in 394 plate appearances. The 22-year-old first-base prospect has impressed coaches at every level thus far in his minor-league career. Colorado's 2016 fourth-round pick will get his first opportunity to impress the big-league coaching staff this spring before likely returning to the minors for the time being.

August 22, 2019 10:40 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Healthy at Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker is hitting .227 with one home run in seven games since coming off the injured list at Double-A Harford.

He missed a month with an undisclosed injury. Welker is hitting .257/.311/.415 with nine home runs in 89 games this year with the Yard Goats. This is the first season he has hit in a somewhat neutral environment, and he's unsurprisingly posting the worst rate stats of his career. Welker still has a chance to be a good big-league hitter in time, but his 2019 season serves as a good barometer of where his current true talent lies.

July 18, 2019 03:52 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Lands on minor-league IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker was placed on the 7-day injured list with an undisclosed injury.

This helps explain why Welker hasn't played for Double-A Hartford since July 12. Specifics regarding the injury remain unknown, leaving Welker without a timetable for his return. Prior to landing on the shelf, the 21-year-old was slashing .259/.312/.415 with eight home runs and two stolen bases in 82 games for the Yard Goats.

May 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Impressing in Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker is slashing .314/.358/.483 with four home runs and 23 RBI through 172 at-bats for Double-A Hartford.

One of the Rockies' most highly rated offensive prospects, Welker continues to rake at the minor-league level as he now boasts an excellent .333/.380/.491 slash line over 1,090 professional at-bats between Colorado's Class-A teams and Hartford. This is his first run at the Double-A level, so the Rockies figure to leave him there for at least a little bit longer to see if he can sustain his current pace with the Yard Goats. If he keeps raking, the 21-year-old will make a strong case for a move to Triple-A Albuquerque.

March 11, 2019 04:28 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Reassigned to minor-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker was sent to minor-league camp on Monday.

A .333/.383/.489 line last season for High-A Lancaster earned Welker time with the big-league coaching staff at the start of camp. He'll likely open the season with Double-A Hartford.

February 7, 2019 11:56 AM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Earns camp invite
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker was invited to the Rockies' big-league camp Wednesday.

Welker has yet to play above High-A, so he won't be seriously considered for an Opening Day roster spot. He's posted strong numbers at all three of his minor-league stops so far, and will be rewarded with the chance to work with the Rockies' big-league staff, a set of coaches he may be seeing every day in a year or two.

May 10, 2018 11:40 AM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Extends hit streak to 15 games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker extended his hit streak to 15 games Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with two walks for High-A Lancaster.

Even amid this streak, he has really heated up of late, notching two hits in five of his last six games. Welker's .339/.433/.534 slash line is all well and good, but given Lancaster's extreme hitter-friendly conditions, a better gauge of the third baseman's season is his .263/.354/.456 line on the road. Welker is the seventh youngest hitter in the California League and should continue to post monster numbers thanks to his home park. He is a top-50 prospect for dynasty leagues.

April 4, 2018 06:48 PM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Headed to Lancaster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker will open the year with High-A Lancaster.

This was expected after Welker faced little resistance (.350/.401/.500) in 67 games in the Sally League last season. The top thing he will work on this season is his defense at third base. He has one of the top hit tools in the minor leagues and should put up cartoonish numbers in the JetHawks' home park, which has become an annual tradition among Rockies hitting prospects and Astros hitting prospects before them, back when Lancaster was one of Houston's affiliates. Last year Welker missed time with a groin injury, but if he stays healthy during his age-20 season he will likely need to be challenged by Double-A pitching at some point this summer.

August 30, 2017 11:52 AM
Rockies' Colton Welker: Activated from DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Welker (groin) has been activated from the 7-day DL with Low-A Asheville.

Even though he missed over two months with a groin injury, this season can still be considered a major success for Welker. He was one of the best hitters in the South Atlantic League as a 19-year-old, showing he could hit for average and power while striking out at just a 15.1 percent clip. Welker has one of the best hit tools in the minors. The number one thing he has to work on is his defense at third base.

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2017AFX-Asheville Tourists672543289181633184257.350.401.500
2018AFA-Lancaster JetHawks1144547415132013824210351.333.383.489
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