Tyler Chatwood pitched one inning of simulated baseball Monday. He threw 20 pitches against two of the Rockies’ bench players and felt good doing it. With the Rockies rotation already being full and the returns of Chad Bettis and Tyler Anderson on the horizon, Chatwood may end up in the bullpen when he's ready to return.
Pat Valaika is making his mark on the Colorado Rockies bench and also in the pinch-hitting history books. He's tied the Rockies record for most most pinch-hit home runs as a rookie and still has over two months left to obliterate the record. While he may never earn a starting role with the Rockies, Valaika’s ability to provide a legit power bat off the bench while also backing up the entire infield and playing left field in a pinch makes him extremely valuable.
While the Rockies are looking to trade for some bullpen help, there may be some good news coming from within the organization. Coming out of the All-Star break, Mike Dunn may finally be healthy and pitching like he was in April.
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This is not the trade we were looking for. The Rockies acquired Lamb for cash considerations, but this was just a MiLB depth move and unless Lamb surprises everyone, he won't be in the Rockies bullpen anytime soon, if ever.
This might be the trade that we are looking for. The Rockies are rumored to be looking for MLB relievers and A.J. Ramos is one of the more intriguing options. His walk rate is concerning but his K rate is comforting as well as his experience working in high-leverage situations.