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Almonte, Farris chosen for AFL Fall Stars Game

October 30, 2017

DENVER -- Two Rockies right-handed pitching prospects who could be factors in 2018, No. 10 prospect Yency Almonte and No. 21 prospect James Farris, 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,

DENVER -- Two Rockies right-handed pitching prospects who could be factors in 2018, No. 10 prospect Yency Almonte and No. 21 prospect James Farris, 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 James Beckham 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.

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