Posted on 01 February 2017.
Lately we have taken a look at the international players on the MLB Top 100 Prospects List that recently came out. We have taken a look at nos. 81-100 and today we will look at 71-80.
If you missed the first two segments you can check them out here:
International Players – No. 81-90
International Players – No. 91-100
No. 73 German Marquez, RHP/Colorado Rockies – Marquez, originally from Venezuela, will turn 22 later this month before heading into season number 5 for the hard throwing righty. He was apart of a trade that brought prospect Jake McGee to the Rockies. He was a bit overlooked but quickly made a name for himself. He won the Eastern League (AA) pitcher of the year award last season after posting a 2.85 ERA over 21 starts. After a short stint in AAA, Marquez made his MLB debut last year pitching in 6 games with 3 starts. While he may not continue his 12.2 K/9 that he had over 20.2 innings in Colorado, he has a shot to be an impact starter for the big league club for years to come.
No. 72 Jorge Alfaro, C/Philadelphia Phillies – Alfaro was once a highly thought of prospect in the Texas Rangers farm system out of Colombia. Now after a trade that brought Cole Hamels to Texas in 2015, Alfaro went east to join Philly’s farm system. Last year marked Alfaro’s rise to the big leagues after a great season in AA. In Reading Alfaro showed off his power (21 doubles and 15 home runs) and showed he can be more consistent at the plate as he hit .285. While his strikeouts are still a bit high, he is still only 23. He has the defense to play at the big league level to the point that the talk of moving him out from behind the plate has slowed down. He has a high upside and might just earn a few more at bats sometime this season with the big league club. Alfaro ranked no. 59 on the 2016 Top 100 List.
Posted in N. America, Minors
Posted on 08 October 2012.
DENVER, Colorado – The Colorado Rockies 4-man pitching rotation experiment is dead, at least for the time being. Rockies manager Jim Tracy stepped down after the team set a franchise record for losses with 98.
The Rockies 4-man rotation was something new this season. Each starting pitcher was matched with a reliever with both scheduled to pitch on the same day. The starter was limited to 75 pitches and the first reliever to 50.
They started the system in late June, but then bowed to convention going back to a 5-man rotation when Jhoulys Chacin came off the DL late in the season. It is designed so the starting pitchers only see a lineup a few times through as batting averages tend to be higher the more a batter sees a certain pitcher.
However, with or without a 4-man rotation the Rockies pitching was the worst in the league this season. Their 5.22 ERA was last in the Major Leagues this season which was nearly a run worse than they were the year prior. Of course, pitching at Coors Field doesn’t help as their ERA at home was much worse than on the road (5.97 at home vs. 4.41 on road).
The Rockies now are stating they will stick with a 5-man rotation for the 2013 season, but they will still have pitch counts (pitcher dependent) that will be lower than the norm.
Of course if you want to stick with a more conventional thinking of how to improve the pitching in Colorado, improve the defense. The Rockies defense was last in the league in errors and fielding percentage.
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