Almonte, Farris chosen for AFL Fall Stars Game

October 30th, 2017

DENVER -- Two Rockies right-handed pitching prospects who could be factors in 2018, No. 10 prospect and No. 21 prospect , have been chosen to the East squad for Saturday night's Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (6 p.m. MT, MLB Network).
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Both were acquired in trades by the Rockies, whose pitching staff is heavily dependent on players drafted and developed in the organization or acquired before reaching the Major League level.
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Almonte, 23, went 5-3 with a 2.00 ERA in 14 starts at Double-A Hartford, and 3-1, 4.89 while starting seven of his eight appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque. Originally a 17th-round Angels' pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, Almonte was traded to the White Sox for infielder in 2014, and acquired by the Rockies from the White Sox for right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle on Nov. 24, 2015.
With the Arizona Fall League's Salt River Rafters, Almonte, who was placed on the 40-man Major League roster last winter, is being used in relief and has a 7.04 ERA in six appearances in 7 2/3 innings. The Rockies have him there working on control, but are limiting his innings by having him work out of the bullpen.
Farris, 25, posted a 1.45 ERA with nine saves in 17 games at Hartford, and was 1-3 with a 5.62 ERA and two saves in 31 games at Albuquerque. Selected in the ninth round by the Cubs in 2014, Farris was traded to the Rockies for right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler on Feb. 1, and appeared in Rockies Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.
Farris has a 14.40 ERA in five Arizona Fall League appearances.