Manuel Corpas…signed by the Rockies at the age of 16 in 1999.
Corpas made two stints with the Rockies in 2013, going 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA (41.2 IP, 21 ER) over 31 games...24 of his 31 appearances was 1.0 inning or longer...he allowed runs in 13 of his games with 8 of them just one run allowed...10 of his final 13 appearances were scoreless...he threw 10.2 innings over those 13 games and finished 4 games...Began the season with AAA Colorado Springs and went 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA (34.2 IP, 20 ER) in 17 relief appearances...at home he was 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA (16.2 IP, 6 ER) in 8 games...Appeared in 21 games for the Sky Sox and had a record of 3-3 with one save and an ERA of 5.49...From 5/11 to 5/31 had a record of 2-1 and was second in the PCL in ERA at 1.69 (3ER/16IP)...Went 2-for-2 at the plate against Albuquerque on 5/22...Was called up by the Rockies on 6/2 and optioned back down on 8/17…In his first start back with the Sky Sox pitched 1.2 scoreless innings...Recorded his first and only save of the year on 8/24 for Colorado Springs...On 9/7 at SD, he pitched his in 301st game wearing a Rockies uniform and passed Mike Munoz for sole possession of 5th place on the Rockies alltime games pitched list...Corpas finished the year with 311 total career games as a Rockie and sits behind Matt Belisle's 326 for 4th place.
Manuel signed a Minor League deal with Chicago in December of 2011 and continued his return from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent on September 8, 2010...he began the year with Triple-A Iowa, and was selected by the Cubs, June 6...he went 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA (26 ER/46.2 IP) in 48 relief appearances for Chicago...Retired the first batter faced in 30 of 48 relief appearances...stranded 14 of 23 inherited runners...picked up six holds...had a 4.68 ERA (13 ER/25.0 IP) in 24 home games compared to a 5.40 ERA (13 ER/21.2 IP) in 24 road games...produced a 3.62 ERA (11 ER/27.1 IP) in 24 night games, over three runs lower than his 6.98 ERA (15 ER/19.1 IP) in 24 day games...held the opposition to a .212 batting average (11-for-52) in 15 games prior to the All-Star break ... batters posted a .298 average (39-for-131) against him in the second half...had a 1.54 ERA (2 ER/11.2 IP) in his first 12 outings for Chicago from June 6-July 3 ... held opponents to a .200 batting average (8-for-40), allowing just three extra-base hits...recorded a 6.02 ERA (24 ER/35.0 IP) in his final 36 big league outings from July 5 through the end of the season...made his Cubs debut, June 6 in Milwaukee, tossing a scoreless inning of relief ... was his first big league outing since August 25, 2010, vs. Atlanta with Colorado...entered games with the bases loaded and stranded all three inherited runners, both on July 29 vs. St. Louis and July 30 vs. Pittsburgh, an outing in which he threw a season-high 2.2 scoreless innings...began the year with Iowa, going 0-2 with a 4.01 ERA (15 ER/33.2 IP) in 19 relief appearances ... walked nine and struck out 19...recorded a 1.93 ERA (5 ER/23.1 IP) in his final 12 Triple-A outings after starting the season with an 8.71 ERA (10 ER/10.1 IP) in his first seven games...held right-handed batters to a .161 average (10-for-62) while with Iowa.
Manuel missed the entire 2011 campaign after undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery September 8, 2010...he signed a minor league deal with the Rangers May 3, 2011, but did not see any action with the club before declaring free
agency November 2, 2011.
Manuel made the Rockies Opening Day roster for the fourth time in his career and appeared in 56 games, going 3-5
with 10 saves and a 4.62 ERA (32 ER/62.1 IP)...Was limited to 56 games after being shelved, August 26, for the remainder
of the season with a right elbow strain...was moved to the 60-day
disabled list, September 18, due to right elbow surgery...Threw a scoreless inning of work, April 6 at Milwaukee, marking his first
big league action since July 20, 2009 vs. Arizona due to surgery to
remove bone spurs in his right elbow...Tossed 2.0 or more frames 10 times, including a career-high 3.0 innings
twice, April 24 vs. Florida and April 26 vs. Arizona...Owned a 2.81 ERA (10 ER/32.0 IP) in 29 road contests compared to
a 6.53 ERA (22 ER/30.1 IP) at home (27 games)...Boasted a monthly-best 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts,
seven walks and a .140 average against in 10 April games...Converted 10-of-12 save opportunities, May 15-June 25...Rode a 9.2-scoreless innings streak and converted all five save opportunities,
May 12-June 1.
At age 26, was on his third straight
Opening Day roster, and pitched for the big league
club for the 4th consecutive season...competed for
the Rockies closer role in Spring Training with
Huston Street, though he began the season as the
Rox primary set up man after Street won the closer
job...started his season by tossing 3 consecutive
scoreless appearances, including his first hold of
the season 4/7 at ARI, in the Rox first win of
2009...took his first blown save 4/12 vs. PHI when
he allowed 3 runs in the 8th inning, including a 2-run
home run to Chase Utley...was named the Rockies
closer for a portion of April, and converted his only
save opportunity 4/21 at ARI by tossing a scoreless
9th inning...took the loss in his next appearance
4/24 vs. LAD by allowing the winning run in the 9th
inning of the Rox 6-5 loss...was removed from the closer role shortly after...would suffer losses in 2 of his next 4 appearances, including a walkoff hit to Rich
Aurilia in the 10th inning 5/3 at SF...following the walkoff loss on 5/3 at SF he tossed a season-best 5 consecutive
scoreless appearances from 5/6-16...then allowed a season-high 5 runs, all earned, on 6 hits and
a walk in 0.2 of an inning 5/17 at PIT; the 5 runs he allowed are his career high for a single outing...earned
his 2nd hold of the season by tossing a scoreless 8th inning 5/24 at DET in the Rockies 3-1 win...would go
on to earn holds in five of his next nine outings from 6/2-18...earned 4 holds during a period in which the
Rockies won 17 of the 18 games they played from 6/4-22...following his hold on 6/18 vs. TB, Corpas was
forced to go on the 15-day DL with bone spurs in his right elbow...returned to the club on 7/16 following the
All-Star Break, but made just 2 apps before being shut down for the remainder of the season...had surgery
to remove the bone spurs in August...at the time of his first DL stint, Corpas led the Rockies in appearances
with 33, and he also led the club with 7 holds before going on the DL...owned a 1.87 walks/9.0 innings
pitched (7 bb/33.2 ip), which was the 3rd-lowest on the club for pitchers with at least 20.0 innings for the
Rox in '09...allowed 11.76 hits/9.0 innings, which was the highest on the club among Rox pitchers with 20.0
innings or more...opponents hit .326 (44-for-135) against him this season, with lefties hitting .400 (24-for-
60) and righties .267 (20-for-75)...owned a 7.16 ERA (16.1 ip, 13 er) in 17 appearances at Coors Field,
while posting a 4.67 ERA (17.1 ip, 9 er) on the road...though he spent nearly the entire second half of the
season on the DL, Corpas still appeared in 35 games for the 4th time in his four Major League seasons.
Began the season as the Rockies closer but finished the year in a setup role...went 3-4 with 4
saves and a 4.52 ERA (79.2 ip, 40 er) in 76 games...led Rox pitching staff in appearances for the second
straight season (78 in 2007) and ranked T-9th in the NL in that category...his 79.2 innings ranked 8th
among NL relievers...struck out 50 and walked 23 in 2008; marked his second consecutive year with at
least 50 strikeouts (58 in '07)...induced 10 double plays, T-9th highest total among NL relievers...inherited
21 runners and allowed 10 to score (47.6%); 3rd-highest pct. allowed by Rockies relievers (min. 20
games)...earned all 3 wins at Coors Field...allowed 93 hits, exactly 30 more hits allowed than the previous
season when he surrendered 63 hits in 1.2 fewer innings pitched (78.0)...had a 3.51 ERA (33.1 ip, 13 er)
in the second half vs. 5.24 (46.1 ip, 27 er) in the first half...did not allow any runs in 5 Interleague games
(4.2 ip)...went 4-for-13 (30.8%) in save opportunities, the lowest save pct. among all MLB pitchers with at
least 10 opportunities...lost closer job on 4/24 when he was 0-1, 7.50 ERA (4-for-8 in saves
chances)...finished season 0-for-7 in his last 7 save chances (4/22-9/28), 1-for-9 in last 9, and 2-for-12 in
last 12...overall posted an 11.68 ERA (12.1 ip, 16 er) in his 13 save opportunities...earned his only 4 saves
of the year in the team's first 17 games (4/1-19)...did not allow a run in any of his 4 appearances when converting
a save, facing the minimum 12 batters combined in those games...went 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA (67.1
ip, 24 er) in 63 games w/ no save chance...after losing closer job on 4/24, he posted a 3.99 ERA (67.2 ip,
30 er) with 5 blown saves in 65 games (none of those save chances were to finish a game)...allowed 7
home runs, but allowed just 2 homers from 6/1 through the end of the season (final 50.1 ip)...was unscored
upon in 34 of his final 44 games from 6/19-end of season; posted a 3.05 ERA (44.1 ip/15 er) with 6 BB's
and 31 K's in that span, lowering his ERA from 6.37 to 4.52...issued just 6 walks in his final 47 appearances,
a span of 49.1 ip (walked 17 in first 29 games, 30.1 ip)...did not issue more than one walk in any of
his final 58 games (5/13-end of season)...Rockies went 28-11 (.718) in the last 39 games he appeared
in...earned first save of the season, retiring all three batters faced on Opening Day 4/1 at STL...charged
with first blown save in his second opportunity after taking 1-0 lead into 9th inning and then allowing 2-run
homer to ARI's Mark Reynolds...recorded the save in his next 2 games, in back-to-back outings 4/7-8...
In his first full season at the Major League level, Corpas emerged as the club's closer just before
the All-Star break and posted the lowest relief ERA in
Rockies history...went 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 78 relief
appearances for Colorado...was 19-for-22 in save
opportunities, 19-for-20 after taking over the closer's
role in early July...his 2.08 ERA was the lowest relief
figure in team history, besting a 2.14 figure by Steve
Reed in 1995 (minimum 50.0 ip)...the ERA ranked
sixth among NL relievers...established career highs in
nearly every category...opponents batted just
.224...lefties had a .234 average with right-handers at
.214...first batters hit .221 (15-68) with eight walks...permitted
just 14 extra base hits all season...allowed seven of
18 (38.9%) inherited runners to score and recorded 16
holds...had a 1.96 ERA in 41 games at Coors Field,
2.21 figure over 37 outings on the road...had an ERA
under 1.00 in three of six months for the season...tossed
3.0 shutout innings against the Mets...had a 1.35 ERA
(20.0 ip, 3 er) over his first 20 outings through May
16...allowed season-high four runs over 0.1 inning in take the blame for removing
Jeff Francis with a 2-1 lead in that contest...from May 18-June 23, compiled a 4.67 ERA to raise season
figure from 1.35 to 2.89...over final 40 appearances from June 27-end of season, had a 1.33 (40.2 ip,
6 er) ERA to finish at 2.08...allowed multiple runs just three times: May 18 vs. KC (4 runs), June 5 vs. Houston,
and June 23 at Toronto (two runs each)...in fact, over that season-ending span beginning June 27, only
earned runs allowed came on three solo homers: July 18 at Pittsburgh (Adam LaRoche), Aug. 10 vs. Chicago-
NL (Matt Murton), and Sept. 21 at San Diego (Adrian Gonzalez)...all three solo home runs led off the ninth
inning...after Brian Fuentes went down with an injury, Corpas received his first opportunity to close a game
on July 7 vs. Philadelphia...beginning with that game, converted each of his first 16 save opportunities until
the Adrian Gonzalez homer on Sept. 21 at San Diego tied that contest and gave Corpas a blown save...Rox
went on to win that game 2-1 in 14 innings...retired 21 consecutive batters faced from Sept. 2-18 before a
Jeff Kent leadoff single on Sept. 19 vs. Los Angeles...fell one shy of matching club record in that category...
earned win in Rockies' 6-5 walk-off victory Sept. 4 vs. San Francisco, tossing scoreless ninth
inning...recorded first career save of more than 1.0 inning on Sept. 9 vs. San Diego to close out series win
vs. Padres...induced double play ball on first pitch to first batter faced in eighth, pinch-hitter Brian Myrow,
escaping a two-on, one-out jam with one pitch...allowed runs in three of his last seven regular season outings to raise
ERA from 1.80 to 2.08.
In his first campaign above A-ball, Corpas compiled sterling minor league numbers over the first three-and-a-half months of the season and spent the rest of the year with Colorado...Manager Clint Hurdle used Corpas often after his arrival, as he wound up ranking sixth on the club in appearances...went 1-2, 3.62 (32.1 ip, 13 er) in 35 relief outings for the Rockies in his major league debut...ranked 5th among Rox relievers with 27 strikeouts despite not making his major league debut until mid-July...split the rest of the year with Tulsa and Colorado Springs...allowed just five of 29 inherited runners (17.2%) to score, a mark bettered only by Brian Fuentes (6.3%) among Rockies relievers...allowed just one of his first 19 inherited runners to score...had seven holds and was 0-for-2 in save chances...first batters hit .258 (8-for-31) with three walks and a hit by pitch...in 11 outings with zero days of rest, went 1-2 with two blown saves and a 12.00 ERA (6.0 ip, 8 er)...in his other 24 appearances, had no record with a 1.71 ERA (26.1 ip, 5 er)...compiled 2.60 ERA (17.1 ip, 5 er) in 18 games at Coors Field...entered games with a lead 15 times, including nine of final 12 appearances...entered in seventh inning or later in each of his final 14 outings...was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 17...made major league debut July 18 at Pittsburgh, tossing eighth inning of a 13-4 Rockies victory...allowed solo homer to Craig Wilson, second batter faced, but struck out Jose Castillo and Jeromy Burnitz to end his first big league outing...would allow just that one run over his first 10 games and 10.2 innings in the majors, compiling an 0.84 ERA to begin his career...allowed three-run double to Ryan Theriot Aug. 13 vs. Chicago-NL, suffering blown save and loss in 8-7 Rockies defeat...still had a 2.22 ERA (28.1 ip, 7 er) over his first 28 games through Sept. 19...allowed six runs in final seven games and 4.0 innings to finish at 3.62...posted first and only major league win on Sept. 7 vs. Washington, retiring only batter faced...went a combined 2-1 with an 0.99 ERA (45.1 ip, 5 er) over 42 minor league games in 2006...allowed an earned run in just one of his final 36 appearances in the minor leagues...began the year with Tulsa, going 2-1 with 19 saves and an 0.98 ERA (36.2 ip, 4 er) over 34 relief appearances in his Double-A debut...his 19 saves was most among Drillers for the entire season...did not allow a run in his final 28 games in the Texas League...recorded 35 strikeouts against just four walks...was promoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 28...had a 1.04 ERA (8.2 ip, 1 er) in his first Triple-A action as PCL batters hit .167 (5-for-30)...allowed a home run in his Sky Sox debut on June 28 vs. Salt Lake, long ball by Angels prospect Ryan Budde, which was his only long ball allowed in the minor leagues all year...made one appearance for Panama in the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
Spent all of last season with Modesto of the California League, going 3-2 with 2 saves and a 3.78 ERA (69.0 ip, 29 er) in 47 relief appearances...ranked among Nuts staff leaders in appearances (3rd) and games finished (T2nd, 19) in his first campaign at the High-A level...permitted just 2 home runs all season while posting 52 strikeouts against 14 walks...opponents batted .299, with lefties at .364 (40-for-110) and right-handers at .256 (43-for-168)...all but 11.0 innings of work for the year came in the 7th inning or later...each of his 5 decisions came at home, while both of his saves came on the road...both saves came in his final 2 appearances of the year, Sept. 2 and 4 at Visalia...had a 2.52 ERA (39.1 ip, 11 er) in 25 home games and 5.65 figure (28.2 ip, 18 er) in 21 road outings...opposition hit .260 at home, .339 on the road...tossed season-high 2.1 innings on 2 occasions, April 14 vs. Rancho Cucamonga, and Aug. 30 at Stockton...registered season-high 3 K's twice, Aug. 16 at Bakersfield and in final outing, Sept. 4 at Visalia...for the year, allowed home runs to only Inland Empire's Wladimir Balentien (Seattle) and Stockton's Richie Robnett (Oakland)...Balentien is a top Mariners prospect who finished among the Cal League's top 5 in home runs while Robnett was an A's first round draft choice (26th overall) in 2004...issued just 3 walks in his first 25 outings and 37.0 innings...allowed more than 2 runs on just a pair of occasions, 3 on June 2 at Lake Elsinore and 6 runs on July 12 at Lancaster...beginning in mid-July, Corpas had a 2.31 ERA (23.1 ip, 6 er) over his final 15 outings...tossed 6.1 shutout innings over final 3 regular season appearances...allowed one run over 2 appearances and 2.2 innings for Modesto in Cal League playoffs...registered lone postseason save in the Nuts' 4-2 win over Stockton in the opener of clubs' 3-game series on Sept. 7 in Modesto, tossing scoreless 9th inning...participated in Rockies instructional league after the season...was added to the 40-man roster on November 18...went 2-2, 2.42 (26.0 ip, 7 er) in 22 relief appearances for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Led Asheville with 43 relief appearances, going 2-2, 3.05...averaged 10.6 strikeouts per 9 innings (52 K/44.1 ip) and 4 strikeouts for every walk (52 K/13 BB)...allowed just 2 runs over a span of 22 games and 22.2 innings from May 11-July 9 (0.79 ERA), lowering season figure from 4.66 to 1.95 in that stretch...gave up one run in 10 appearances during the month of July (0.90 ERA in 10.0 innings)...did not pitch between appearances on July 11 and Aug. 7, missing nearly a month with inflammation in his right elbow...of his 3 home runs allowed, 2 came after he returned from that stint on the disabled list...issued last walk on June 17 vs. Augusta, as he did not allow a free pass over his final 19 games and 19.1 innings...recorded season highs with 3.0 innings and 5 strikeouts on May 17 vs. Kannapolis.
In only season of his career to be used solely as a starter, Corpas established career highs with 5 wins and 84.0 innings...led all short-season Rockies in innings, 3rd-most in the Northwest League...the 5 wins led Tri-City staff, also tying Jeff Watchko for most among short-season farmhands...tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of his first 4 starts...earned first win on July 2 at Yakima (8.0 ip, 3 h, 1 r-er, 1 bb, 9 so), the longest outing and most strikeouts of any outing in his career...only run allowed in that game came on a solo homer...won 3 of 4 starts from July 2-22...named league pitcher of the week, July 21-27, following win on July 22 vs. Yakima in which he allowed just one hit, no walks and an unearned run in 7.0 innings...allowed just 2 home runs over his final 9 starts and 49.1 innings...issued just 5 walks in first 10 starts and 59.0 innings, but 17 free passes in final 5 outings and 25.0 frames.
In his first season in the States, went 2-4 with a 5.73 ERA over 29 appearances for Casper of the Pioneer League...tied for staff lead in appearances, registering 42 strikeouts in just 33.0 innings...finished game in 20 of his 29 appearances, recording 2 saves...longest outing was 2.0 innings on 3 occasions...twice posted 4 strikeouts...had a 3.71 ERA (17.0 ip, 7 er) over his final 15 games.
At age 18, spent season with Rockies' Dominican Summer League entry, going 2-1, 2.24 (56.1 ip, 14 er) in 15 games/five starts.
Made one appearance for Rockies' club in Venezuela.