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Advice in youth paved way to Vilade's debut

September 18, 2021

WASHINGTON -- A few years back, the Rangers had some prospects at Double-A Frisco who are now well-known -- Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, Joey Gallo. While they were working on their play, they took time to educate the middle school-age son of the hitting coach. Many children that age will

Rockies' MiLB teams making playoff push

September 16, 2021

ATLANTA -- A new comeback has entered Rockies lore. High-A Spokane overcame a 13 1/2-game deficit on Aug. 3 to win its division and will face Eugene in the High-A West championship series. OK, it’s not 2007, but an organization that believes in Minor League results sees it as a

Welker had long journey to his 1st MLB start

Rockies' No. 20 prospect gets first hit, RBI, contributes to game-winning rally vs. Phillies
@paul_casellaMLB
September 9, 2021

PHILADELPHIA -- It was less than four months ago that Rockies prospect Colton Welker learned he had been suspended 80 games for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program -- something he called one of the worst moments of his life. On Thursday night, the 23-year-old was at the

Veen cruising to end of breakout season

@tylermaun
September 6, 2021

At the end of Zac Veen’s first month in professional baseball, he was a .238 hitter with a .704 OPS and over twice as many strikeouts as walks. For the first time in a long time, Veen was on a playing field he wasn’t dominating. That didn’t last long. Baseball’s

After throwing 103, Fernández on Rox's radar

High-velocity right-hander continues to impress for Triple-A Albuquerque
August 20, 2021

DENVER -- Right-handed relief prospect Julian Fernández’s radar readings at Triple-A Albuquerque have put him on the Rockies’ radar. Fernández, 25, piqued interest when he registered a scoreboard reading of 103 mph on a fastball during an Aug. 8 game. More importantly, in a combined 39 2/3 innings at Double-A

Rox land 2 righty prospects for Givens

July 28, 2021

ANAHEIM -- The Rockies added starting-pitching depth in a trade that sent veteran right-handed reliever Mychal Givens to the Reds on Wednesday morning. The deal for the two right-handed pitching prospects -- Case Williams, the Reds’ No. 20th-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline and who was the Rockies’ fourth-round Draft

Rox use late rounds to add to pitching depth

7th-round pick Shawver among arms added by Colorado in this week's Draft
@TheDanGuerrero
July 13, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic cut college baseball seasons short around the country in 2020, Evan Shawver made the most of the unexpected break. The University of Cincinnati left-hander returned to his hometown of Amherst, Ohio, and began working on his craft. Shawver later told The Morning Journal that he added

Rockies stock up on arms on Day 2 of Draft

@TheDanGuerrero
July 12, 2021

After picking outfielder Benny Montgomery on Day 1, the Rockies continued to replenish their pipeline on Day 2 by making 10 more selections in Rounds 2-10. Here's a closer look at each of their Day 2 picks:

Rockies take OF Montgomery with No. 8 pick

Prep with prodigious pop eyes Coors Field homers 'in two years'
July 11, 2021

DENVER -- Going for a tall high school athlete with speed for the second straight year in the first round, the Rockies selected right-handed-hitting outfielder Benny Montgomery from Red Land HS in Lewisberry, Pa., with the eighth overall pick Sunday night in the MLB Draft. Montgomery, 18, is listed at

Rockies focused on 'impact' players in Draft

July 9, 2021

DENVER -- This year’s MLB Draft is a more flamboyant exercise than ever, with the timing allowing any and every top prospect to be present for MLB Network’s telecast -- not to mention the whole thing taking place in Denver during All-Star festivities. Understandably, Rockies interim general manager Bill Schmidt

Lawrence gets masterclass in perseverance

Black has postgame chat with Rox rookie following first career blown save
July 3, 2021

DENVER -- Rockies rookie Justin Lawrence had just blown his first save chance in front of a full house at Coors Field on Friday night against the Cardinals. But not long after Lawrence reached the dugout, the person that mattered more than all of the thousands combined summoned him to

'Brand new' Vilade turning heads in Triple-A

June 25, 2021

MILWAUKEE -- If this season at Triple-A Albuquerque is a test of maturity for Ryan Vilade, the Rockies’ No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, he has been checking the correct boxes. At 22 and without a day of Double-A experience, Vilade has not allowed himself to be blinded by

Former Rockies 1st-round pick Pint retires

June 8, 2021

DENVER -- Right-handed pitcher Riley Pint, who has battled injuries and control problems since being drafted by the Rockies fourth overall in 2016, has decided to retire, Rockies assistant general manager of player development Zach Wilson said. Pint, 23, capable of triple-digits fastballs when selected out of St. Thomas Aquinas

LaTroy, Castilla to manage in Futures Game

May 25, 2021

DENVER -- LaTroy Hawkins, a key member of the 2007 Rockies team that went to the World Series, and Vinny Castilla, one of the most accomplished and popular players in Rockies history, will serve as the managers for the 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 11, at Coors

Rockies lefty Rolison promoted to Triple-A

May 17, 2021

DENVER -- Left-handed starter Ryan Rolison, the Rockies' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline and the organization’s highest-rated pitcher, has been promoted from Double-A Hartford to Triple-A Albuquerque, Rockies assistant general manager of player development Zach Wilson said Monday. Rolison, 23, was a first-round MLB Draft pick in 2018

Prospect Welker suspended after PED test

@MannyOnMLB
May 6, 2021

Infielder Colton Welker, the Rockies' No. 11 prospect per MLB Pipeline, has been suspended for 80 games without pay for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a performance-enhancing substance. The Rockies drafted Welker, 23, out of Stoneman-Douglas High School (Fla.) in the

Where Rockies top prospects are starting '21

@JonathanMayo
May 4, 2021

With the 2021 Minor League season opening, here's where the Rockies’ Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

Dream come true: Gilbreath reflects on debut

Left-handed prospect makes first MLB appearance for hometown Rockies
May 2, 2021

As he tried to settle the inevitable nerves before his Major League debut Saturday, Rockies left-handed reliever Lucas Gilbreath listened as manager Bud Black told him the story of his uneasy entry into the big leagues. Pitching for the Mariners on Sept. 5, 1981, against the Red Sox, Black gave

Fun facts for every Low-A West team

California-based league home to beloved churros, ordained bears and reptile ghosts
@BensBiz
April 30, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the 11th -- and final -- edition of a league-by-league article

Rox prospect Bowden learning in rookie year

April 25, 2021

DENVER -- During his developing years, Rockies rookie left-hander Ben Bowden could look forward to facing big names in important situations. The past two nights, it was the Phillies’ Bryce Harper. On Friday, Bowden struck out Harper in a Rockies win. On Saturday, Harper got Bowden with an opposite-field double

Fun facts for all six High-A West teams

Minors' smallest league features six teams, two countries, famous alumni and sushi
@BensBiz
April 21, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the eighth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Rox call up prospect Gilbreath for twin bill

@MannyOnMLB
April 17, 2021

DENVER -- Left-hander Lucas Gilbreath, the Rockies’ No. 26 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was called up from the club’s alternate training site to serve as the 27th man for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Mets at Coors Field. The Rockies drafted Gilbreath, who was born in Westminster, Colo., twice -- once

Fun facts for all 12 Double-A Northeast teams

Explore a league populated by iconic logos, slick-fielding announcers and scenic coasters
@BensBiz
April 7, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the fourth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

One fun fact for all 10 Triple-A West teams

Explore a league populated by zombies, rockers, insects and iconic Homers
@BensBiz
April 1, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the second in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

This prospect 'on our radar' at Rox camp

March 23, 2021

Infield prospect Colton Welker has impressed the Rockies enough that they are considering carrying him on the Opening Day roster, especially with the start of the Triple-A season pushed to May 6. These final days of camp, many teams are keeping prospects around for at-bats against Major League competition before