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Rox option top prospect Rodgers, recall Tinoco

@harding_at_mlb
June 15, 2019

DENVER -- The first Major League stint for infielder Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies’ top prospect, per MLB Pipeline, ended Saturday, partly because of a bullpen shortage but also because the numbers said it was time. The 12-inning mess Friday night, a 16-12 loss to the Padres, forced the Rockies to

DENVER -- The first Major League stint for infielder Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies’ top prospect, per MLB Pipeline, ended Saturday, partly because of a bullpen shortage but also because the numbers said it was time.

The 12-inning mess Friday night, a 16-12 loss to the Padres, forced the Rockies to recall right-hander Jesus Tinoco from Triple-A Albuquerque as a ninth member of the bullpen.

Rodgers, 22, left with a .246 batting average with 22 strikeouts against four walks in 21 games while primarily sharing time at second base with Ryan McMahon. With McMahon having bounced between the Rockies and Albuquerque last year, the Rockies were trying to increase the playing time and production of two prized prospects at the same spot -- not the easiest distribution of opportunity.

Through 11 games, Rodgers was batting .324, and he and McMahon were functioning well. But in Rodgers' last 10 games, he has gone 5-for-31 (.161) with 10 strikeouts against one walk. Before the callup, Rodgers hit .356 (48-for-135) with 10 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 21 RBIs in 35 games. He also had 14 walks and 25 strikeouts.

Tinoco, 24, returns after appearing in the Majors for one game -- May 31, when he pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Blue Jays. At Albuquerque, he was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA, 11 walks and 19 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Pitch, Hit and Run

The Rockies honored the champions who won their age groups Saturday at Coors Field and will represent the club in the National Pitch Hit and Run Finals during 2019 Major League All-Star Week at Cleveland. Here are the winners:

The 7- and 8-year-old Softball Division: Kylan Bower of Cody, Wyo.

The 9- and 10-year-old Softball Division: Madison Shaw of Edgar, Neb.

The 11- and 12-year-old Softball Division: Jaylyn Kechter of Vona, Colo.

The 13- and 14-year-old Softball Division: Mckenna Yates of McCool Junction, Neb.

The 7- and 8-year-old Baseball Division: Beckett Kite of Idalia, Colo.

The 9- and 10-year-old Baseball Division: Leandro Echevarria of Denver.

The 11- and 12-year-old Baseball Division: Luke Smith of Saratoga Springs, Utah.

The 13- and 14-year-old Baseball Division: Chandler Smethers of Buena Vista, Colo.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.