Saturday Rockpile: Rosario and Pacheco in it for the Long Haul, Plus Odds and Ends

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 06: Catcher Wilin Rosario #12 of the Colorado Rockies plays defense against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on September 6, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rockies will give Rosario, Pacheco long looks in September - The Denver Post
In sitting Chris Iannetta, Kevin Kouzmanoff, and Ty Wigginton down and letting them know that the bulk of their playing time is going to be taken away down the stretch, it's pretty much official that Jim Tracy is going to let Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco showcase their skills at the major league level throughout the rest of the month/season. Pacheco needs more work at third base, and nothing will help more than getting live-game reps. As for Rosario. he'll be a work-in-progress behind the plate as well, but it's still more exciting than watching Eliezer Alfonzo.

And, just because I don't really have anything better to write about, here's the SSS-laden update on Pacheco/Rosario Watch:

Pacheco - .222/.222/.222

Rosario - .182/.250/.455

Rosario's line looks exactly like his AA line, but adjusted for the major leagues...

Dust Devils feature deep, dominant pitching staff - Sports: Dust Devils | Tri-City Herald : Mid-Columbia news
Pretty good piece here by Jack Millikin of the Tri-City Herald, as he details the Dust Devils' record-breaking pitching staff (which finished with the best ERA in Tri-City's history as a Rockies affiliate). We've talked about these guys in our Pebble Reports lately - mostly, regarding the fact that there aren't a whole lot of legitimate prospects on this team and definitely no high-end ones. In fact, and not that this should matter a whole hell of a lot, not a single Tri-City player made my fall 2011 PuRP list. However, the consensus among a few of us is that a one or more of these guys will surprise some people and contribute at the big league level someday. It'll definitely be fun to see if some of the older players can continue dominating at upper levels over the next year-plus.

Tulowitzki gets a night off because of ailing hip - The Denver Post
Everybody's (Muzia's) favorite Rockie played things smart last night by deciding against playing with a sore hip. The good thing about that was that Chris Nelson became the first Colorado shortstop not named Tulo to hit a homer this season when his blast into the Reds' bullpen in the third inning gave the Rox a 1-0 lead.

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