Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Focus shifts to September call-ups for Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies watched a team with far less talent cruise past them on their way to a National League West title.

It was a familiar story line for a club that hasn't performed the way anyone expected. This was a team that was at least supposed to contend for the National League West title. Now they are a team who is going through the motions for the final month of the season.

The news of the day didn't come on the field, although Dexter Fowler continues his hot streak, belting two home runs, and Troy Tulowitzki eclipsed the 100-RBI mark for the first time in his career.

The news that everyone should be excited about is that the Rockies made a few moves to expand their current roster.

The team has finally called up highly-anticipated catching prospect Wilin Rosario. The stout catcher has been on the club's radar for three years and has the makings of the catcher of the future. With all due respect to Chris Iannetta--who has had his best season in the big leagues--Rosario represents another catcher coming through the system that has scouts wide-eyed and excited. The Rockies are hoping for different results this time.

Rosario should receive an adequate amount of playing time. He is just getting his feet wet in the big leagues, but the Rockies are very interested in what he can bring to the table. He was on fire offensively in Tulsa before suffering a torn ACL that ended his season in August of 2010. Because of that injury, the Rockies had him remain in Double-A for one more season, not trying to rush him back.

The catcher's offensive numbers have suffered slightly, but his defense has greatly improved. If he can put it all together at the big league level, he might just have a starting job heading into 2012.

The other notable call-ups are Jordan Pacheco. The University of New Mexico alum impressed everyone in spring training, showing pop at the plate, but more importantly, a confidence that he can get it done at the big league level. Pacheco is another catcher, but the Rockies have made it clear that they are going to experiment with him at third base and second. Pacheco struggled offensively in a very offensive-friendly Pacific Coast League. However, sometimes minor league numbers don't paint the whole picture.

Finally, after another strong performance in Tulsa after undergoing an appendectomy, Drew Pomeranz, the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, has joined the team. When he starts is still up in the air, but it looks like he will get a chance to make his Major League debut sometime before the end of the season.

Just seeing Pomeranz on the field is a surprise, after the Rockies all but counted him out after the emergency surgery. When he does make a start, there certainly will be eyes of Rockies fans everywhere eager to see how well he does. That trade is essentially a make-or-break deal in Dan O'Dowd's legacy with the Rockies.

With nothing left to play for, the Rockies still should be an exciting team to watch with those three guys making their big league debuts. Quick big league starts for them and the team can build back some excitement that they lost in this disappointing season.

2 comments:

  1. Pomeranz is going to start on Sunday against the Reds.

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  2. Whenever I think of September call-ups, I think of the AAA teams they left behind that are competing for the title. Has got to be hard to build chemistry when the majority of the guys that got them there are playing in the bigs in September.

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