Saturday Rockpile: Friedrich and Roling honored, Galarraga on Hall of Fame ballot, more

Friedrich, Roling garner MLB.com organzationaly awards | MLB.com: News
MLB.com has named their top minor leaguers for each of baseball's 30 clubs. During the preseason, they predicted Eric Young Jr. would be the Rockies' top hitter, while Jhoulys Chacin was to be the top pitcher. Things changed a bit at the end of the season, as MLB.com has gone with Christian Friedrich as the club's best pitcher and Kiel Roling as the best hitter.

Reign of Cat and Dog may hit Hall | ColoradoRockies.com: News
It's time for the BBWAA to start considering their selections for the Hall Of Fame's class of 2010. Two former Rockies - Ellis Burks and Andres Galarraga - appear on the ballot for the first time while another, Dale Murphy, stays on there for the 11th consecutive year. It's probably farfetched to say that any of these guys have a legitimate chance of getting in at any point.

Inside the Colorado Rockies " Fasano To Manage In Toronto Organization | Major League Baseball in Denver
(Hat tip to mkorpal, who posted this in the Thanksgiving comment thread.) Sal Fasano, who seemed to do a great job in mentoring young Rockies pitchers in Colorado Springs this past season, will be managing Toronto's Class A affiliate in Lansing. Congratulations to Sal, who will hopefully excel in his new role. :C

Rockies Venezuelan League Update
Good news on the VZL front for the Rockies, as it looks like Jhoulys Chacin has shown some improvement over the course of their season. Chacin went five innings and allowed just one hit and one walk and apparently displayed good control. As the author mentions, it was probably Chacin's last start of the VZL season. Also, Edgmer Escalona pitched a perfect inning in his league debut.

Carlos Gonzalez blessed by "La Chinita"
Carlos Gonzalez had a good few days in the Venezuelan League last week, as he hit .454 in 22 at-bats during "Feria de la Chinita." The blurb mentions Gonzalez injured himself sliding last weekend and had to be subbed out, but I imagine it isn't anything serious, as there has been no report from the Rockies.

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