Yesterday's game against the Mexican National team was seemingly all about showcasing the talent that still hasn't made its mark in the big leagues, and as Tracy Ringolsby points out center fielder Dexter Fowler seems to be taking center stage in that regard this Spring. Besides Dex, the Rockies got game action looks at prospects Casey Weathers and Michael McKenry yesterday. The Thomas Harding article also includes a little bit of a preview of the Rox minor league camp opening, and points to Conor Graham as somebody to keep an eye on. I've got to say I'm in agreement, especially if the club can figure out a way to keep him as a starter.
The Harding article doesn't mention it, but two other top pitching prospects in the system, Brandon Hynick and Esmil Rogers, also tossed two scoreless innings apiece. Hynick escaped a one out, bases loaded jam in one of his two innings while Rogers didn't experience quite the drama, but both looked decent in their Spring debuts. Less effective was Josh Newman, who's competing for a bullpen role with the big league club. He was the only Rockies pitcher to allow runs to cross the plate in his inning of work.
Of course, leading the Rockies on the mound was Ubaldo Jimenez who had a hard time believing he was starting according to the Patrick Saunders notes column. He told Saunders that his sinker was his best pitch yesterday and that the curve wasn't working. That's going to be something to monitor as the Spring goes along. The column also talks about Jeff Baker's injury, and Ian Stewart's early struggles at second which might wind up playing into the favor of Giles, Nix, Quintanilla and the rest in their bids for playing time.
Jason Hirsh gets the tough draw against Ben Sheets for his first Spring game today. I'll have a thread up in a couple of hours.