Colorado Rockies Old Friend(s): That Awful 64-98 Team From 2012

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Aug 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder D. Fowler (24) catches a fly ball off the bat of Chicago White Sox right fielder A. Garcia (not pictured) during the eighth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Position Players

Todd Helton. After 2012, Helton took his victory lap in 2013 and retired at the end of the season. The Toddfather (yes, it’s his nickname, sorry Todd Frazier), slashed .316/.414/.539 in 9,453 plate appearances with 592 doubles, 369 home runs and 1,335 walks against just 1,175 strikeouts.

Marco Scutaro. Scutaro left the Rockies mid-way through the 2012 season, finished it with the Giants, was their catalyst in the playoffs, and promptly won a World Series in October of that year.

After a very strong 2013 (.297/.357/.369 in 127 games), Scutaro began 2014 in San Francisco, but couldn’t hack it, and the then-38-year old was out of a job just a few weeks into the year.

Josh Rutledge. The Rockies traded Rutledge in the winter of 2014 to the Los Angeles Angels, who stashed him in AAA Salt Lake most of this year, without seeing much success from him at the plate in the Pacific Coast League.

At the trade deadline, the Angels shipped Rutledge to Boston for Shane Victorino, and Josh has been playing consistently for the BoSox as a utility infielder.

Chris Nelson. Nelson’s had a tough go of it since the 2012 season where he slashed .301/.352/.458 in 111 games. Between 2013 and 2014, Nelson played in the bigs for the Rockies, Yankees, Angels, and Padres, as well as seeing minor league time.

In 2015, he played in AAA in the Phillies, Brewers, and Nationals organizations, but as of August 21 he’d been cut loose from each club and was again a free agent.

Dexter Fowler. Fowler, traded to Houston after the 2013 season for Jordan Lyles, was traded again after the 2014 season to the Chicago Cubs.

The everyday center fielder at Wrigley this year, he’s slashing .254/.350/.418 in 116 games for the presumptive playoff team, and even though his average is down a bit, he’s getting on base as much as his career averages, and his 13 homers and 22 doubles are decent power numbers for the 29-year old.

Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer turned down the Rockies’ qualifying offer in 2014 after winning a batting title the season before, and is now with the New York Mets. He’s missed a good deal of time this season with injuries, so it looks like him turning down the Rockies’ one-year deal was a good miss for Colorado.

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Jordan Pacheco. Pacheco never again achieved the success he would in 2012 (.309/.341/.421 in 505 plate appearances), and he’d never play anywhere near the 132 games he did that year ever again.

After several years with the Rockies, he was designated for assignment in the middle of 2014, moved on to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and has been jumping between AAA and the big leagues for the Dback for the better part of the past two seasons.

Tyler Colvin. After leaving Colorado at the end of the 2013 season, Colvin — who was part of the DJ LeMahieu trade and never quite panned out — went to San Francisco in 2014 and bounced between the big leagues and AAA there before eventually signing with the Chicago White Sox for 2015.

This year, he’s slashing just .220/.260/.337 in 78 games at AAA Charlotte, with only four home runs, and 79 strikeouts in 273 at-bats.

Jonathan Herrera. Herrera has followed Fowler to Chicago, where he is currently the Cubs’ utility middle infielder. He’s not having a great season by his standards, though; just .241/.254/.328 in 122 plate appearances this year.

Eric Young, Jr. EY Jr. got some time in New York with the Mets the past several years, but he eventually caught on with the Atlanta Braves for 2015 and for a time, he was hoping to be an everyday outfielder for the club.

That didn’t work out (he hit just .169/.229/.273 in 35 games with the Braves), and he’s since been in AAA Gwinnett trying to get back to the big leagues.

[UPDATE: aaaaaand three hours after this was posted, EY Jr. was traded to the New York Mets.]

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