Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies have optioned outfielder, Kyle Parker, infielder Cristhian Adames, and right-handed reliever Jairo Diaz to the minor leagues. Additionally, the team has reassigned left-handed pitcher Ken Roberts and catchers Dustin Garneau and Ryan Casteel to minor league camp. The latter three are not on the 40-man roster.
Parker, the Rockies' 2010 first round draft pick, has hit well this spring. In 45 plate appearances, he's slashed .333/.422/.462. Parker's outfield defense, however, has not been very good. He's in line to get regular plate appearances in Triple-A Albuquerque to begin the season. He'll be called upon when the injury bug hits.
Cristhian Adames was competing for the role of utility infielder. Like Parker, Adames has hit .333 this spring, while he's added an on base percentage of .350 and a slugging average of .385. Also like Parker, Adames will be called upon either in the event of injury or total ineffectiveness of the depth options that will likely break camp with the team. Namely, Daniel Descalso.
Jairo Diaz, who the Rockies received from the Angels for Josh Rutledge, has been ineffective this spring. He's given up five runs in seven and one-third innings of work. He's allowed two home runs, has walked three, and has struck out just four. While Diaz can throw the ball very, very hard (his fastball clocks in at around 98 miles per hour), he still hasn't been able to record outs. Still, he's likely to see relief innings this year.
The big league spring training roster now has 34 players.