Colorado Rockies: Selecting the All-Time 25-Man Roster

May 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a Colorado Rockies glove and hat during the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a Colorado Rockies glove and hat during the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 5, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta (33) yells at Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen (not pictured) after being hit by a pitch from Wilhelmsen during the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Mariners defeated the Rangers 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Chris Iannetta (33) yells at Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen (not pictured) after being hit by a pitch from Wilhelmsen during the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Mariners defeated the Rangers 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The Catchers

We’ll put two catchers on the roster and we’ll select Jeff Reed and Chris Iannetta.

Reed played three full seasons with the Rockies from 1996-1998 and part of the 1999 season. He would start in 90 games or more in all three full seasons he spent with the club. In 365 games played with Colorado, Reed hit for a .286 average and posted a .373 OBP. Both of those statistics are impressive considering his career average was only .250 and his OBP was .334.

Reed’s career average OPS was .695, but during his Colorado tenure, Jeff’s OPS was at a very impressive .829. That is good enough to rank first all-time for a Rockies catcher. Reed never averaged an OPS above .700 with any other team.

In 458 games played (most all-time for a Rockies catcher), Iannetta only hit for a .235 average, which by all accounts is pretty ugly. However, he did two things better than any other catcher in Colorado Rockies history.

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First, was his extraordinary ability to draw walks. Iannetta drew 241 walks over 1,429 plate appearances. To put that into perspective, Yorvit Torrealba (the catcher Iannetta replaced) only drew 91 walks over 1,247 plate appearances.

Second, even though Iannetta didn’t make contact a lot, when he did, it usually went for pretty far. That’s a fact evident by his 63 career home runs for Colorado.

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