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Saturday Rockpile: As Injuries Mount, Rockies' Rookies Getting a Shot

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Rockies add infield reinforcement with Gomez | Inside the Colorado Rockies
In a somewhat-surprising move, the Rockies recalled Hector Gomez from AA Tulsa yesterday, presumably to help with the middle infield depth while Troy Tulowitzki and Jonathan Herrera are on the shelf with injuries. Gomez, who probably as talented of a guy as there is in the organization, had a miserable season at Tulsa, hitting just .235/.272/.416 with 14 homers.

Gomez is similar to Chris Nelson - a toolsy guy who has missed several full seasons, which has undoubtedly stunted his development. Gomez is just 23 years old, so he still has time on his side. He went 0-for-2 in his major league debut last night, with a hard lineout and a strikeout.

Gomez obviously isn't the only rookie to get some at-bats/innings this season. Here's a quick look at some SSS-laced stats for the rest of the next generation of new purple pinstripers - all who have made their big league debuts in 2011:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2011 - Charlie Blackmon 27 98 9 25 1 0 1 8 3 8 5 1 .255 .277 .296


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Rex Brothers 1-2 44 0 0 0 1 2 36.2 31 14 13 4 19 52 3.19 1.36


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2011 - Thomas Field 5 16 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .313 .353 .313


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2011 - Jordan Pacheco 9 34 2 12 0 0 2 7 1 2 0 0 .353 .371 .529


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Drew Pomeranz 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0.00 .80


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2011 - Wilin Rosario 8 28 4 6 1 1 2 3 2 10 0 0 .214 .267 .536


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Alex White 2-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 27.2 36 27 26 11 14 17 8.46 1.81

There are a couple of real ugly lines in there, particularly Blackmon and White. Obviously, Blackmon won't get a chance to improve on his. White, meanwhile, should have his ridiculous HR rate normalize soon. However, he has A LOT of work to do.

One more link after the jump...

Rockies' Gonzalez wants to finish season on a tear - The Denver Post
With a very strong finish (which is completely reasonable for a guy like Carlos Gonzalez when he's healthy), CarGo has a chance at another .300/30/100 season. However, he and the team really need to play it smart with his nagging wrist injury; meaningless milestones should not deter Gonzalez from giving himself a chance to fully recover during the offseason and be ready for a pivotal 2012. Also in the article, Jim Armstrong mentions that there are no plans for the Rockies to bench Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, or Todd Helton for the rest of the season - although I wouldn't be opposed to it whatsoever.