The Colorado Rockies' 2012 first-round pick David Dahl has been demoted to extended spring training after just one game with single-A Asheville of the South Atlantic League, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. According to Dahl, the demotion was for missing a 6 a.m. flight from Colorado's spring training facility in Arizona to Asheville, North Carolina:
In response to questions, I was sent to extended for missing a flight and for questions about attitude. I respect the Rockies decision and— David Dahl (@ddahl21) April 7, 2013
And will continue to improve as a player, teammate, and as a person.— David Dahl (@ddahl21) April 7, 2013
The length of this demotion is unclear at this time, but here's what Jeff Bridich, Colorado's senior director of player development, had to say to the Denver Post about the demotion:
"He made some decisions that made us reconsider where he should begin the season. It had nothing to do with his play in Asheville"
At this time there are no further confirmed reports of the reason that caused the Rockies to demote their top prospect to extended spring training beyond a missed flight.
The just-turned 19-year-old (as of April 1st) Dahl, a lefty outfielder whom the Rockies drafted with the 10th pick overall in last June's draft, had been named to almost every major top 100 prospects list in MLB, including a placement at 53 on Baseball America's list.
This occurred after a break-out offensive debut in the Pioneer League, in which Dahl hit .379/.423/.625 for the Grand Junction Rockies and led the league in many offensive categories.