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Rockies reassign Jeff Hoffman, 8 others to minor league camp

A few top 10 prospects didn't make it past the first round of big league camp cuts. All is still well.

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The Colorado Rockies on Thursday made their first round of spring training cuts, sending nine non-roster invitees -- including top prospects Jeff Hoffman and David Dahl -- back to minor league camp.

Hoffman has made one Cactus League appearance, tossing two scoreless innings with a couple of strikeouts. Dahl has appeared in seven games, going 4-for-16 with a homer, three RBI, a walk and six strikeouts at the plate.

Dahl and Hoffman have a good chance of starting the regular season at Triple-A Albuquerque. For now, though, both players -- as well the other six -- could still appear in major league spring training games despite being reassigned to the minors.

Fellow top prospects Kyle Freeland, Ryan McMahon and Dom Nunez were also sent back to minor league camp. The list is rounded out by Matt Carasiti, Harrison Musgrave, Will Swanner and Rosell Herrera.

The Rockies still have all 40-man roster players, as well as 16 non-roster invitees, remaining in big league camp. The latter list includes some familiar faces (Yohan Flande, Gonzalez Germen, Kyle Parker) as well as a few notable prospects (Sam Moll, Ryan Casteel, Jordan Patterson).