Chris Rusin is sniffing at stability for the first time since 2013. Odd job spot starts and relief appearances have been the name of the game for the lefty since he first reached the bigs with the Chicago Cubs. With Jordan Lyles out for the season, Rusin is eyeing a consistent position as a member of the Rockies’ starting rotation. MLB.com’s Thomas Harding has quotes from Rusin, who is slotted to start today’s game against Miami.
Major-league draft of ’15 has shallow pool of talent - The Denver Post
Irv Moss of The Denver Post spoke with Vice President of Scouting, Bill Schmidt, about Monday’s upcoming draft. Schmidt doesn’t see any one available player as "top-flight", but sees major league capability within the pool of prospects. Though this crop doesn't boast the same depth seen in years past the Rockies have the advantage of four picks within the first 45 slots.
In other news from around the organization, Jordan Patterson and Raimel Tapia continue to surge for Modesto. The two hold the highest batting averages among the affiliates, as well as a handful of other titles on the leaderboard. Drew Weeks is beginning to build some momentum for himself in Asheville, leading the Tourists in RBIs, doubles and stolen bases.
Rockies sticking with what's worked with draft - Rockies.com
If the current depth of the Rockies farm system tells us anything, it’s that successful drafting over the past few years is priming itself to pay off soon with the big club. Enthused by their results, the Rockies won’t be adopting any new, dramatic changes to their draft process this year.
Ingenuity NOT desperation - Rockies Zingers
Jake Shapiro over at Rockies Zingers addresses the differences between building a baseball team on logic and creativity over panic and distress. Shapiro discusses the impact of defensive shifts, the 13-man pitching staff and playing the Coors Field outfield in a brief interview with former Rockie, Cory Sullivan. It is not time to hit the panic button on the 2015 season, but the Rockies do need to put their heads together on what it will take to turn a losing team into a winning organization. Back to the drawing board.
Down on the farm: Jon Gray - Roxpile
Following an interview between Rockies top prospect Jon Gray and MLB.com's Thomas Harding, Bobby DeMuro of Roxpile talks pitching in Colorado and the almost inevitable struggles Gray will face in the early days of his major league career.
Gray is starting to heat up in Albuquerque, throwing a career high 104 pitches in last night's win over the Iowa Cubs. He has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his last seven starts. Gray is 3-5 on the season.