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Rockies season review 2014: Rob Scahill epitomizes Colorado's pitching depth

I like Rob Scahill, but I don't know how much longer he'll be around.

Michael B. Thomas

You undoubtedly come here for facts, and I like to provide them. Here is a fun one for you: Rob Scahill owns the highest single-season ERA+ in Colorado Rockies history. Yep, that's right; in 2012, Scahill allowed one run in 8⅔ innings. When taking into account all the things that go into ERA+, the machine that is Baseball-Reference spit out a figure of 462, well ahead of the 326 mark Edgmer Escalona posted in six innings of work in 2010.

That's really all I have to say about Scahill aside from what he did in a brief stint for the Rockies in 2014. Here's that:

What happened

After seeing a total of 42 innings of work in the big leagues in the previous two seasons, Scahill finally got his call to the Rockies on June 22 amid of heinous stretch of injuries plaguing the bullpen and starting rotation. The 27-year-old right-hander immediately posted a couple of scoreless outings against the Brewers before imploding on June 30 against the Nationals in Washington. Scahill allowed four runs on three hits -- including a homer -- and a pair of walks in a game the Rockies led when he entered the game in the sixth inning. He was optioned back to Triple-A after the outing.

By the numbers
Rob Scahill, 2014

IP 15
ERA 4.80
FIP 6.27
K/9 6.6
BB/9 5.4
GB% 44.0
BABIP .292
rWAR 0.0

Scahill reappeared with the Rockies for one game at the end of July. He was awarded a win after pitching an inning of scoreless ball on the road against the Cubs, but was again sent back to Colorado Springs and didn't come back until rosters expanded in September.

When it was all said and done, Scahill logged 15 below-average, exactly replacement-level innings filled with plenty of walks, hits and home runs.

2014 Grade: Incomplete

Scahill wasn't really expected to make a mark at the big league level, nor did he get much of a chance to do so. He simply provided depth that the club didn't think it would need, but had to rely on a little bit nonetheless.

What to expect in 2015

Not a lot. Scahill just completed his third season in Triple-A and hasn't exactly blown the doors down there. On one hand, it was a good thing for him that the Rockies kept him on the 40-man roster all season despite running into many situations in which he was a clear favorite to be designated for assignment. On the other hand, he was passed over multiple times in favor of pitchers who weren't good in the minors and certainly didn't do themselves any favors at the highest level. Scahill falls into that same category, and it doesn't help him that age isn't really on his side anymore.

I can't imagine a scenario in which Scahill is kept on the 40-man too long into the offseason, especially because the Rockies face decisions on whether to protect better players with higher ceilings. However, in the case of Scahill especially, I've been wrong about this before (as in, roughly 100 times during the past six or seven months).