Texas Rangers closer Joe Barlow could be a good reliever for the Colorado Rockies
Like Adolis García, Joe Barlow was a rookie for the Texas Rangers but he had a very good rookie campaign for them. He could also be a good reliever for the Colorado Rockies for a few reasons.
Barlow, 26, made his debut in June for the Rangers and he appeared in 31 games and had a sparkling ERA of 1.55. He had a FIP of 3.45, a WHIP of 0.828, just 3.7 hits per nine innings, 3.7 walks, and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He also had 11 saves.
Barlow is a native of Riverton, Utah, which is a suburb of Salt Lake City, so he has plenty of experience pitching at altitude. He doesn’t have a high groundball rate (it has roughly been around 37 percent throughout his career), which isn’t necessarily conducive for success at altitude.
But, as is the case with García, considering that Barlow is a rookie, meaning he is controllable and cheap, the Rangers are unlikely to trade him, especially when their major league team is still lacking in the talent department.
Our trade target series is finished in the American League. Of the 15 American League teams, we looked at 87 players that the Colorado Rockies should (or could) look at as a trade target, for an average of just under six per team.
We will continue our series in the National League as we will start out with the NL East and the reigning World Series Champion Atlanta Braves next.