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Trevor Story takes final step toward becoming shortstop for the Albuquerque Isotopes

News and links for July 1, 2015.

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Trevor Story jumps to Triple-A for Rockies, closer to replacing Troy Tulowitzki - The Denver Post

Ignore the title. The important part of this piece is that Trevor Story, who has been hitting very well for Double-A New Britain, has been promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque. This is something that happens to players moving through an organization. It's not as sexy as a trade rumor, I know, but sometimes the most relevant—and factual—part of a piece of news is also the most boring.

Axford on inactive list to tend to family matter |

The Rockies have moved relief pitcher John Axford to the temporary inactive list due to a family matter,'s Thomas Harding reports. Walt Weiss indicated that the move is unrelated to the well-being of Axford's son, who was bitten by a rattlesnake during spring training. Harding also reports that the Rockies have placed Christian Bergman on the 15-day disabled list and that Justin Miller and Yohan Flande have been recalled to the big leagues.

Who Ya Got, Young Star Third Baseman Edition: Baltimore’s Manny Machado or Colorado’s Nolan Arenado?

Grantland's Ben Lindbergh compares Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado. He dives deep into hitting, fielding, and long-term projections. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most of the people reading this would go with Arenado when asked "who ya got?" But I didn't realize how great of a season Machado is having on offense. He's slashing .307/..363/.533 with a wRC+ of 147 on the year. The article also has some awesome comparative .gifs of the two young third baseman. After watching those, I'm more convinced that Arenado is the better defender. He just looks smoother and more instinctive than Machado does, and Arenado makes difficult plays look more effortless.