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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

Notes: Rodgers update; bench spot for Daza?

@castrovince
March 17, 2021

Though second baseman Brendan Rodgers remained out of the lineup for Wednesday’s 11-8 loss to the Giants at Salt River Fields, Rockies manager Bud Black expressed optimism that the right hamstring injury Rodgers suffered last weekend is mild. “He feels good and confident that this is not a long-term thing,”

Prospects Welker, Vilade eye power stroke

Pair displaying early promise in home run production
March 11, 2021

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Colton Welker and Ryan Vilade are Rockies prospects who look the part. Anyone wanting to grow up to slug at Coors Field should be sturdy and wide-shouldered. This spring they have swung with the force that could net big numbers in an extreme hitter-friendly environment. On Wednesday

Here are Colorado's 2021 Top 30 prospects

@JonathanMayo
March 11, 2021

There’s change happening in Colorado. The big difference at the big league level, of course, is the absence of Nolan Arenado, a former homegrown player. That’s made the new Top 30 look different, with three players from that trade dotting a ranking that’s largely been homegrown over the years. There’s

Notes: Hannah dazzles; Cron's HR; Gray day

March 9, 2021

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies manager Bud Black cautions that outfield prospect Jameson Hannah still needs Minor League seasoning. But the left-handed-hitting outfielder -- acquired from the Reds in an offseason trade -- sure has spiced up this camp. Hannah, 23, began camp with three sliding saves in the outfield in

Well-studied Rolison ready to make 'impact'

March 6, 2021

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Rockies left-handed pitching prospect Ryan Rolison found out for himself during his first bullpen session at Coors Field last summer. At least the lesson wasn’t painful. “Going to my curveball and really trying to throw it like I usually do, hard, it was just kind of spinning

3 Rox prospects on non-roster invite list

February 16, 2021

DENVER -- Three of the club's Top 30 MLB Pipeline prospects and competitors for the first-base and pitching jobs highlight the Rockies’ list of 22 non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training, which was announced on Tuesday. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled for their initial workout on Thursday, and the

Breaking down Rox return for Arenado

@JonathanMayo
February 2, 2021

When Nolan Arenado was a prospect, no one really knew he’d be a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger and eight-time Gold Glove Award winner. He was a second-round pick in 2009 who didn’t make our Top 100 list until 2012, and scouts weren’t sure could play third when he entered

Rox rookie reflects on his 'big jump' last year

January 19, 2021

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Tommy Doyle’s 2020 promotion to the Majors was unexpected, thus his results -- six runs, six hits, four walks in 2 1/3 innings over three games -- were understandable. But nothing has hurt the club’s belief that Doyle has the tools to succeed when his time

Rockies extend invitations to 4 affiliates

December 10, 2020

DENVER -- The Rockies continued past relationships with affiliates by extending formal invitations to the Albuquerque Isotopes (Triple-A) and Hartford Yard Goats (Double-A), and invited two new farm clubs – the Spokane Indians (Class A Advanced) and Fresno Grizzlies (Class A). The invites, under Major League Baseball’s new player development

Rox take RHP Sheffield (LAD) in Rule 5 Draft

December 10, 2020

DENVER -- Onetime first-round MLB Draft pick Jordan Sheffield has a triple-digits fastball, a clear focus and a new opportunity. The Rockies picked Sheffield, 25, a right-handed reliever, seventh overall in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. Sheffield was a 2016 first-round pick of the

Here's what prospect Hannah brings to Rox

November 30, 2020

DENVER -- Let’s learn more than the stat tables and scouting reports attached to Jameson Hannah, the left-handed-hitting outfield prospect whom the Rockies acquired last week in a trade with the Reds. The pair of hurlers in the deal (new Rockies right-hander Robert Stephenson and new Reds righty Jeff Hoffman)

Rox add 4 to roster ahead of Rule 5 Draft

November 20, 2020

DENVER -- Corner infielder Colton Welker and left-handed pitcher Helcris Olivarez, ranked by MLB Pipeline among the Rockies’ Top 15 prospects, were added to the team’s 40-man roster before Friday’s deadline to protect eligible prospects from the Rule 5 Draft. The Rockies also selected the contracts of lefty Lucas Gilbreath