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Rox getting Angels pitcher Chatwood for Iannetta, close to signing catcher Ramon Hernandez

DENVER — The Rockies are acquiring right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood from the Angels on Wednesday for catcher Chris Iannetta in a deal that increases Colorado’s stable of young pitchers and puts it in position to pursue another veteran catcher.

 

Chatwood, who turns 22 on Dec. 16, went 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA in 27 games, including 25 starts, for the Angels as a rookie last season. A second-round Draft pick of the Angels in 2008 out of Redlands (Calif.) East Valley High School, Chatwood becomes the third highly touted young pitcher the Rockies have acquired since last July.

 

The Rockies received left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who turned 23 on Nov. 22, and right-hander Alex White, 23, from the Indians for former staff ace Ubaldo Jimenez in July just before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

 

With Iannetta gone, the Rockies are expected to pursue a veteran catcher to solidify the young pitching staff this season and work in tandem with prospect Wilin Rosario, who showed promise during a September callup. The club is close to signing veteran backstop Ramon Hernandez to a two-year deal, according to Major League sources. Hernandez spent the past three seasons with the Reds.

 

Hernandez, who turns 36 on May 20, hit .282 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs last season in 91 games. A 2003 All-Star Game participant with the Athletics, Hernandez is a .266 hitter with 161 homers and 723 RBIs in 13 seasons with the Athletics, Padres, Orioles and Reds.

 

Chatwood is often compared to veteran standout pitcher Roy Oswalt because he is an undersized (listed at 6-foot) righty with a strong arm. He entered last season ranked by MLB.com as the No. 5 prospect in the Angels’ system. Early-season injuries to Joel Piniero and Scott Kazmir forced the club to call him up in early April after just 6 2/3 Triple-A innings.

 

Chatwood had typical big league growing pains last season, when he finished with 74 strikeouts to 71 walks and gave up 14 home runs. He endured two demotions to Triple-A Salt Lake. But Chatwood possesses a fastball that can reach 96 mph and curveball, and he is developing a cut fastball and a changeup. He could make a major forward step if he improves his command.

 

Iannetta, who turns 29 on April 8, has batted .235 with 63 home runs and 236 RBIs in 458 games over six seasons. A fourth-round pick out of the University of North Carolina in 2004, Iannetta hit .264 in 104 games in 2008, but he struggled the following two years and was demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs each season. Last year, Iannetta regained his big league footing, playing in 112 games and finished with a .238 batting average and .370 on-base percentage, with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs.

 

Rockies get backup backstop

The Rockies acquired backup catcher Jose Morales from the Twins on Thursday for Minor League left-handed pitcher Paul Bargas. Morales will be the primary backup to Chris Iannetta.

Morales, who turns 28 on Feb. 20, has hit .297 in 74 Major League games over three seasons for the Twins, who have star Joe Mauer as their regular catcher and Drew Butera as his primary backup.

By acquiring Morales, the Rockies also bought time for a deep group of catching prospects.

Before Morales arrived, Michael McKenry, who hit .265 in 99 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs and had eight at-bats in six Major League games, was in line for backup duty.
 
Wilin Rosario, who turns 22 on Feb. 23, was playing well at Double-A Tulsa — .285 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs — and had appeared in the Futures Game during All-Star Weekend before suffering a season-ending knee injury. After reconstructive surgery, Rosario is expected to be ready to play early in Spring Training, but the Rockies don’t want to pressure him to move quickly.
 
The Rockies also have Jordan Pacheco, who turns 25 on Jan. 30, is coming off a head-turning offensive season in which he hit a combined .323 at Class-A Modesto and Tulsa, and followed that up with a .317 season in the Arizona Fall League.
 
The Rockies have also signed former Cardinal Matt Pagnozzi for depth.

 

Bargas, 22, a 13th-rpound pick out of Cal-Riverside in 2009, went 5-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 58 relief appearances at Class A Asheville last season.

 

Prospects sent out for regular work

Left-hander Christian Friedrich, the Rockies top choice in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, warmed up a few times but never made it into a Cactus League game. The Rockies wanted the first big-league camp to be a learning experience, and it was all that. But now he can only learn with regular work and game action.

Friedrich was one of the first 16 players the Rockies sent to Minor League camp on Tuesday.

Here is the list:

Left-handed pitchers: Friedrich.

Right-handed pitchers: Alberto Alburquerque, Craig Baker, Juan Nicasio, Edgmer Escalona, Andrew Johnston, Chaz Roe, Andrew Graham and Shane Lindsay.

Catchers: Jordan Pacheco, Michael McKenry and Wilin Rosario.

Infielders: Darin Holcomb, Hector Gomez and Jeff Kindel.

Outfielders: Chris Frey.

Tracy pleased with intrasquad game

With a few exceptions, the Rockies’ intrasquad game on Monday was devoted to seeing younger players, those who won’t be factors at the start of the season.

But a Rockies team that used right-hander Jhoulys Chacin and utility man Eric Young Jr. during the late-season playoff run, and used center fielder Dexter Fowler all year when they originally expected him to go to Triple-A doesn’t take intrasquad games early in camp lightly.

“I really believe that anytime you go into a season and think you have a chance to be a successful club, you know you need more than 25 to do it with,” Tracy said. “All these kids have to realize that they are Rockies.”

Here are some intrasquad highlights:

– Catcher Wilin Rosario knocked the game’s only home run, a solo shot to left in the seventh against right-hander Craig Baker. Rosario also doubled and scored in the third inning.

Rosario, who played at Class-A Modesto last year, is in his second Major League Spring Training.

“The goal last year was to wet his feet, let him see what this is like,” Tracy said. “He’s growing very quickly.”

– The two starting pitchers, both of whom could be factors at the Major League level, Samuel Deduno and Chaz Roe, each threw two scoreless innings and gave up one hit. Deduno, the Texas League pitcher of the year last season at Double-A Tulsa, walked two but froze starting Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart for a strikeout. Roe, who also pitched at Tulsa last season, struck out one and didn’t walk any.

– Center fielder Chris Frey, who has played the last two seasons at Triple-A Colorado Springs, made a diving catch on a Michael Paulk drive. “I don’t know that you’ll see a much better play made the entire spring,” Tracy said.

– Tracy said shortstop prospect Hector Gomez, who has battled injury throughout his career but played to positive reviews in the Arizona Fall League in 2009, displayed a “plus-plus arm,” meaning well-above average among Major Leaguers.

– Right-hander Juan Nicasio, who went 9-3 at Class-A Asheville last season, walked three in one-plus innings, and had to leave the game because he pulled back the nail on his right middle finger and could not control the ball.

– Righty reliever Andrew Johnston, who earned 31 saves at Tulsa last season, gave up two hits and an unearned run in one inning. Tracy liked how Johnston reacted to misfortune.

“We made a boo-boo to start the inning and then there was a seeing-eye groundball down the third-base line, but every sinker that he threw that was hit, was hit on the ground,” Tracy said. “You look for things like that and say to yourself a kid with that type of moxie that you know in the Minor Leagues is pitching the ninth inning, as you move forward that’s a very interesting guy. You wonder, ‘I wonder what that would look like in the middle innings, or the sixth or seventh inning, at the Major League level.’”

– Tracy also liked lefty Matt Reynolds, who has a 2.65 ERA in three professional seasons. Reynolds threw a perfect inning. “That’s a neat arm,” Tracy said. “He’s a big man, and people told me early in the spring about his deception. I can see where the deception comes from. It’s a big man with a very quick arm.”

Intrasquad lineups

Here are the lineups for today’s intrasquad game, which is starting late but will start shortly:

Away Team (wearing gray pants)

Eric Young Jr., LF

Hector Gomez, SS

Ian Stewart, 3B

Jeff Kindel, 1B

Chris Nelson, 2B

Paul Phillips, C

Cole Garner, RF

Chris Frey, CF

Mike McKenry, DH/C

Pitchers — Chaz Roe, Christian Friedrich, Edgmer Escalona, Craig Baker, Jimmy Gobble, Andrew Graham

 

Home Team, wearing white pants

Jonathan Herrera, 2B

Omar Quintanilla, SS

Matt Miller, LF

Michael Paulk, RF

Jay Payton, CF

Paul Lo Duca, 1B

Darin Holcomb, 3B

Wilin Rosario, C

Jordan Pacheco, DH/C

Pitchers — Samuel Deduno, Juan Nicasio, Alberto Alburquerque, Shane Lindsay, Andrew Johnston

Intrasquad Tuesday

Here are the lineups for Tuesday’s intrasquad game at Hi Corbett Field:

Team 1

Dexter Fowler, CF

Omar Quintanilla, SS

Joe Koshansky, 1B

Matt Miller, LF

Daniel Ortmeier, RF

Christian Colonel, 3B

Chris Nelson, 2B

Sal Fasano, C

Team 2

Eric Young Jr., 2B

Chris Frey, CF

Ian Stewart, 3B

Matt Murton, RF

Seth smith, LF

Edwin Bellorin, 1B

Paul Phillips, C

Jonathan Herrera, SS

Listed on the lineup card are two extra catchers, Wilin Rosario and Michael McKenry.

Manager Clint Hurdle kept most of the team’s starters and frequently used reserves out of the lineup. But Stewart and Smith each have crowds at their position, so the at-bats are important.

Non-roster veteran right-hander Josh Fogg, hoping to make the club for Opening Day, is pitching. Otherwise, the club will use its prospects in the game. Right-handed starters Esmil Rogers, Jhoulys Chacin, Brandon Hynick and Samuel Deduno are scheduled for two innings apiece. Righty relievers Matt Daley and Steven Register will throw an inning apiece.

– Left-hander Randy Flores, who is coming off shoulder surgery, is not on this week’s pitching schedule. He came to camp on a modified throwing program.

– Left-handed reliever Alan Embree has returned to camp after missing a day for personal reasons.

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