As we've known for a few days, Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be participating in this week's Home Run Derby during All-Star Game festivities in San Diego. Now, we've learned more about CarGo's participation at the event: the outfielder has chosen minor league manager Fred Ocasio to throw to him at the Derby on Monday night.
Ocasio, 45, is a longtime coach and manager in the Rockies' organization and currently is the skipper of the High-A Modesto Nuts, the club's California League affiliate. CarGo called Ocasio on Thursday to ask about the possibility of throwing at the derby; the outfielder apparently liked the way that Ocasio threw to him during spring training in Scottsdale.
Ocasio played two summers in the Rockies' organization in 1994 and 1995, both at Low-A Asheville, and slashed .317/.372/.381 in 160 plate appearances. He began coaching with the Rockies two years later, eventually working his way up to becoming the manager of the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2006. He's managed in the Rockies' minor league system ever since, compiling a 514-518 (.498) record at Tri-City, Asheville, and Modesto entering the Nuts' Saturday night game against Lake Elsinore.
Our boy Jordan Freemyer was in the trenches last night at Coors Field, and informed us of this little roster move:
Also, the Rockies activated RHP Christan Bergman from the DL and optioned him to the @ABQTopes.— Jordan Freemyer (@jfreemyer) July 10, 2016
Lots of options here. My money: they keep him in Denver. I don't think he ends up getting moved. But I wouldn't have predicted how Tulo's trade would end up going down last summer, so...
Kansas City's rotation has accounted for the fewest innings of any in the Majors this season. On the trade market, the Royals are looking for starters capable of giving them innings; they'd love quality, but quantity is the more pressing concern.
For now, sources say the Royals are evaluating a number of trade targets who will become free agents after this season; Hellickson is part of that pool, as are Rich Hill, Jorge De La Rosa and Andrew Cashner, who has made one start since returning from the disabled list.
Jorge for a Royals prospect? Well, who do you want? (OK, it probably won't be a top 30 return.)
The Rockies aren't gonna make the playoffs this year. (FWIW, I had 'em at 75 wins this year, which appears like it might come fairly close to being the reality.)