Colorado Rockies: The top 10 best hitting pitchers in franchise history

Colorado Rockies starter Mike Hampton pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning 01 July 2001 in Phoenix. AFP Photo/Mike FIALA (Photo by Mike FIALA / AFP) (Photo by MIKE FIALA/AFP via Getty Images)
Colorado Rockies starter Mike Hampton pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning 01 July 2001 in Phoenix. AFP Photo/Mike FIALA (Photo by Mike FIALA / AFP) (Photo by MIKE FIALA/AFP via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, COLORADO – MAY 10: German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies hits a three RBI double in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on May 10, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO – MAY 10: German Marquez #48 of the Colorado Rockies hits a three RBI double in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on May 10, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Number 6: German Marquez (31 OPS+, 184 plate appearances)

German Marquez is one pitcher that I thought would, at least, be in the top five on this list.

Overall, he has a career slash line of .233/.233/.302 with an OPS+ of 31. He has 1 home run and 21 RBI along with six doubles and a triple.

He did win a Silver Slugger Award in 2018 (65 OPS+) and he still hit well in 2019 (39 OPS+) but he did not do well at the plate in 2017 (-2 OPS+ in 53 plate appearances). That’s mainly what kept him lower on this list.

If you were to just consider the last two seasons, his OPS+ would actually put him at number two on this list with an OPS+ of 53.

Number 5: Denny Neagle (33 OPS+, 131 plate appearances)

Denny Neagle was a huge disappointment as a pitcher for the Rockies and one of the biggest free-agent missteps in Rockies’ history.

He was not a particularly good hitter elsewhere so maybe this one is more of the “Coors” effect.

He hit .205/.224/.330 in three seasons as a Rockie with two home runs and 10 RBI along with eight doubles. However, his career OPS+ was never higher than 7 with any other team.

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