Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:41:36 -0800
Colorado Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu is a strong candidate to hit leadoff this year now that OF Dexter Fowler is gone, according to manager Walt Weiss. "His on-base percentage may not be prototypical of a leadoff guy. But I think that's going to develop because he has such great instincts for the game. That's going to be part of his game you will see him improve on," Weiss said.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:00:50 -0800
Colorado Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu could be used in the leadoff spot at times, and manager Walt Weiss feels he can do the job.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:01:49 -0800
Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort said OF Michael Cuddyer is a candidate to hit second in the lineup this year, although manager Walt Weiss was tentatively planning on having the second baseman hit second. 2B DJ LeMahieu is expected to have the edge over 2B Josh Rutledge at the keystone.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:02:39 -0800
Colorado Rockies beat writer Troy E. Renck refuted a report by MLB Network that suggested 2B Josh Rutledge would hit eighth and start at second base. Renck feels 2B DJ LeMahieu is more likely to start at second base and hit second.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:08:30 -0800
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss is considering several options to fill the vacant leadoff spot, including OF Carlos Gonzalez. OFs Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson are also considered top candidates for the top spot in the order. 2B DJ LeMahieu, 2B Josh Rutledge, OF Brandon Barnes and OF Charlie Culberson are also others who could earn leadoff opportunities. Weiss said Friday, Dec. 6, that he is not ruling out other options.
Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez moving to the leadoff spot would mean a dip in his RBI numbers, but also an increase in his runs scored, and perhaps stolen base totals. Either way, he will be a stud fantasy option again in 2014.
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:23:26 -0700
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado (thumb) was rested Friday, Sept. 6. He wanted to start against the San Diego Padres, but manager Walt Weiss elected to give him one more day to heal. INF DJ LeMahieu got the start in his absence.
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:24:12 -0700
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado (thumb) left the game Wednesday, Sept. 4, against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a jammed thumb. He was replaced by INF DJ LeMahieu at third base.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:25:55 -0700
The Colorado Rockies placed SS Troy Tulowitzki (rib) on the disabled list with a rib fracture on his right side. They recalled 2B Josh Rutledge from Class AAA Colorado Springs.
Fantasy Tip: Expect Rutledge to factor into the middle-infield mix, in some form, with Tulo dinged. Rutledge is a much better mixed option than DJ LeMahieu and Jonathan Herrera. On Friday, Rutledge is playing the keystone, and Herrera is playing shortstop. Platoon matchups might determine much of these arrangements.
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:03:16 -0700
Colorado Rockies 2B Josh Rutledge is on his way to Denver, according to a major league source. He's expected to play some shortstop with Troy Tulowitzki (rib) landing on the disabled list, and he'll probably hit second.
Fantasy Tip: If someone in your deep mixed league ditched Rutledge, snatch him up immediately. There's plenty of reason to take the chance that he'll recover some of his 2012 magic, and he should have at least a month's worth of time, even if he has to split reps with DJ LeMahieu and Jonathan Herrera.
Fri, 24 May 2013 13:06:42 -0700
Colorado Rockies INF DJ LeMahieu, 24, is now the team's starting second baseman after 2B Josh Rutledge was optioned to the minors. "I am excited to be part of this team. We are winning, and it's a lot more fun," LeMahieu said. "At the same time, I'm not taking anything for granted. I see how quickly things can change." Rutledge hit .286 in May and was on pace for 18 home runs and 18 stolen bases, but his defensive shortcomings hurt him the most. LeMahieu made the decision easier by going 7-for-17 recently and 4-for-8 earlier this week in back-to-back starts at the keystone. LeMahieu is hitting .305 in 88 career games for the Rockies, and he's committed only two errors in 327 chances in 70 games at second base in Colorado.
Fantasy Tip: LeMahieu doesn't have as exciting speed or power skills as Rutledge, but he can boost your batting average at a position that is rather thin. LeMahieu can run a bit, too. The Rockies are clearly favoring defense over offense right now at the keystone. LeMahieu makes for nice middle infield depth in deep leagues, but expect Rutledge to be back sooner rather than later.