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Seven Rockies prospects are playing for the Salt River Rafters in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Third basemen Colton Welker (No. 3) and Bret Boswell, right-handers Ryan Castellani (No. 15), Ashton Goudeau, Antonio Santos and Alexander Guillen, and catcher Brian Serven. First baseman Roberto Ramos (No. 28) slashed .162/.295/.324 with

Hilliard steps up in the fight against ALS

@harding_at_mlb
September 23, 2019

DENVER -- Rockies power-hitting standout Sam Hilliard is finally confident speaking, or at the very least he knows enough to talk. His father, Jim Hilliard, was officially diagnosed with ALS in 2018, when Sam appeared in his first big league camp and began getting notice as a Major League prospect.

Pipeline names Rockies Prospects of the Year

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September 19, 2019

DENVER -- Aspects of the Minor League statistical performances of outfielder Sam Hilliard and left-handed starting pitcher Ryan Rolison justify their selections as the Rockies’ MLB Pipeline Prospects of the Year. But, deeper than the numbers, their willingness and success at improving when challenged confirm the choices. Each team's Hitting

Cousins Fuentes, Arenado enjoy HRing together

September 12, 2019

DENVER -- After securing a series win with back-to-back victories over the National League Central-leading Cardinals, the Rockies started six rookies in Thursday’s finale, losing 10-3 on the strength of four leadoff Redbirds roundtrippers in the first four innings. The loss, combined with a Brewers win earlier in the day,

Prospect Garcia added to growing bullpen

Black not worried about task of managing 14 relievers
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September 7, 2019

SAN DIEGO – The Rockies added another pitcher on Saturday, recalling right-hander Rico Garcia from Triple-A Albuquerque. Manager Bud Black said Garcia, a starter in the Minors who made one spot start for the Rockies last month, likely will be used for length out of the bullpen should a starting

Rockies call on first wave of reinforcements

Hoffman, Valaika, Pazos all see action vs. Pirates
@harding_at_mlb
September 1, 2019

DENVER – Right-hander Jeff Hoffman returned from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday -- and made steps forward while pitching five innings in the Rockies’ 6-2 loss to the Pirates -- in the first wave of September callups. Hoffman flashed some of the old issues -- an Adam Frazier home run on

Rockies rookie Hilliard showcases his speed

Outfielder legs out a triple, even shows elite speed on grounders
@harding_at_mlb
September 1, 2019

DENVER -- Sam Hilliard put his most unexpected tool on display Saturday night. Hilliard is listed at 6-foot-5 and 238 pounds, so power is expected -- and he homered in two of his first four games after debuting this week. But three times during the reeling Rockies’ 11-4 loss to

'Command-shy' Garcia allows 3 homers in debut

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August 28, 2019

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Rico Garcia had the highlight of his Major League debut immediately -- a strikeout of Red Sox leadoff hitter Mookie Betts. Beyond that, Garcia's five innings can be chalked up to a learning experience, as his club endured a 10-6 loss Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Hilliard mashes two-run homer for first MLB hit

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August 28, 2019

DENVER -- Did Sam Hilliard dream about hitting a home run in his Rockies debut? "Uh, yeah -- why not?" Hilliard said after sending his first Major League hit into the Rockies' bullpen in right field for a two-run homer off Josh A. Smith in the seventh inning of a

'More comfortable,' Daza adjusts to big leagues

@oapostrophesd
August 11, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies have had a trying month that has landed them in last place in the National League West. But they haven’t made wholesale changes to their lineup. For the most part, they are fielding known quantities and simply attempting to get all facets of their team

Rodgers has shoulder surgery; Oh's season over

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July 17, 2019

DENVER -- Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers, the organization’s top prospect according to MLB Pipeline, underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday to repair a torn right labrum, the club announced. Rodgers went to the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 24, with what the club announced was a right shoulder impingement. The surgery,

Wolverines ace: 'Super-exciting' to join Rockies

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July 3, 2019

DENVER -- Righty Karl Kauffmann, who led the University of Michigan to the College World Series final before Vanderbilt took the title, said he did not know the Rockies were zeroing in on him and would take him 77th overall in this year's MLB Draft. But there was a connection

Rockies to sign SS Amador, No. 12 int’l prospect

@JesseSanchezMLB
July 2, 2019

The Rockies are adding one of the top shortstops in this year’s international class to their Minor League system. According to industry sources, the club has agreed to a $1.5 million deal with infielder Adael Amador, ranked No. 12 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects list.

Bowden to represent Rockies in Futures Game

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June 29, 2019

DENVER -- Lefty Ben Bowden, a reliever with an aggressive, fastball-based approach, who recently advanced from Double-A Hartford to Triple-A Albuquerque, will represent the Rockies on July 7 in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, part of All-Star Weekend in Cleveland. Bowden, 24, a second-round MLB Draft pick out of Vanderbilt

Sore shoulder sends Rodgers to injured list

@goodforball
June 25, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies placed rookie infielder Brendan Rodgers on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement, retroactive to Monday. That served as Tuesday's corresponding move for selecting the contract of right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez, who started against the San Francisco Giants. Rodgers, 22, started at shortstop

Story (thumb sprain) on IL; no surgery needed

Colorado recalls No. 1 prospect Rodgers from Triple-A Albuquerque
@JakeDRill
June 20, 2019

PHOENIX -- First, the bad news: The Rockies are going to be without shortstop Trevor Story for several weeks. The good news? It could have been much worse. After exiting Wednesday’s game with a right thumb sprain, Story underwent an MRI and met with Dr. Donald Sheridan, a hand specialist,

Rockies sign 23rd overall Draft pick Toglia

Colorado signs seven additional picks; Valaika called up after Dunn DFA
@JakeDRill
June 18, 2019

PHOENIX -- The Rockies have made significant progress signing their selections from the 2019 MLB Draft, and they can now add their first-round pick to the list. On Tuesday, the club agreed to terms with UCLA first baseman Michael Toglia, who was selected with the No. 23 overall pick. The

Rox option top prospect Rodgers, recall Tinoco

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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

Rox call up Lambert for MLB debut at Wrigley

Colorado's No. 4 prospect was club's second-round Draft pick in 2015
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June 6, 2019

CHICAGO -- It was an open secret, shrouded in mystery, with no when or where. But there is finally clarity. Right-hander Peter Lambert, 22, the Rockies’ No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, made his Major League debut Thursday afternoon in the series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley Field,

'I grew up at Coors': Torrealba follows dad to Rox

Yorvis drafted as culmination of sentimental, harrowing journey
@MannyOnMLB
June 5, 2019

DENVER -- Yorvis Torrealba, son of former Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba, heard his phone ringing Wednesday afternoon. Yorvis, on an off-day during the Division II NCAA baseball tournament in which his University of Tampa Spartans are a win away from the national title game, looked at the caller ID. It

Best players available means arms for Rox Draft

Club takes 1B Toglia first, but nearly half of its selections are pitchers
@MannyOnMLB
June 5, 2019

DENVER -- As the Rockies wrapped up this year's MLB Draft with their 40th selection on Wednesday evening, Colorado had accomplished several objectives, one of which the franchise had been pursuing for years. The club's first-round selection, at No. 23 overall, was switch-hitting first baseman Michael Toglia out of UCLA.

Rockies pick 2 infielders, RHP on Day 1 of Draft

@harding_at_mlb
June 4, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Rockies have long coveted UCLA switch-hitting first baseman Michael Toglia, and they now have him in their system after selecting him with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday. Toglia is a player the Rockies know well, as they selected

RHP Wallace tops college-heavy Day 2 for Rox

@MannyOnMLB
June 4, 2019

DENVER -- On Day 2 of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Rockies went heavy on big right-handed pitchers. Colorado also selected a pair of outfielders and a second baseman, and all eight picks were collegiate players. The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 on MLB.com beginning

Collegiate hitters on Rockies' Draft radar

Colorado's history favors high schoolers, but this year may be different
@harding_at_mlb
June 3, 2019

DENVER -- Look around the diamond and it appears the Rockies love drafting high-school players. Yet the buzz about the team’s top 2019 MLB Draft pick -- No. 23 overall -- centers on college prospects. Charlie Blackmon is the only collegiate player the club drafted (second round out of Georgia

Rodgers, McMahon making 2B platoon work

Since top prospect's callup, both infielders have thrived at plate
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June 1, 2019

DENVER -- Recent Rockies callup Brendan Rodgers likes to say of himself and fellow second baseman Ryan McMahon, “We’re both hungry.” This week, they have taken turns feasting. Rodgers, the Rockies' top prospect according to MLB Pipeline, delivered a two-run bases-loaded single on Wednesday that keyed a win over the