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Rockies will send seven prospects to the 2017 Arizona Fall League

Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, August 30

Rockies sending 7 prospects to Fall League |
The Arizona Fall League rosters were released yesterday and the Salt River Rafters should be a fun team to watch. Rockies prospects on the list included two PuRPs: right-handed pitcher Yency Almnote (no. 10) and catcher Dom Nunez (no 14). Three other right-handed pitching prospects, James Farris, Zach Jemiola and Shane Broyles, are on the roster as well as outfield prospect Yonathan Daza.

The Rockies have also reserved an infielder spot on the roster. One possibility could be Brendan Rodgers if his health permits after being activated from the minor-league disabled list with just a few days left in the minor league season. If Rodgers is indeed the mysterious "TBA" he will immediately become one of the top prospects to watch in all of the AFL and could make his case to be named the top prospect in baseball this offseason.

Rockies' Greg Holland hands out toys to kids |
While Rockies fans may disagree about Greg Holland's role in the bullpen, one thing that we can all agree on is that him giving toys to kids at Children's Hospital Colorado is a great thing to do.

There is also a couple of notes at the end of this article of note. Carlos Gonzalez's sore ankle is getting better and his availability to pinch hit last night was a good sign. Also, Bud Black isn't planning on shaking up the Rockies lineup much.

Charlie Blackmon staying at top of Rockies' order, Bud Black says | Denver Post
Patrick Saunders had quite a bit more on the Rockies lineup. While Blackmon's power production makes it tempting to move him down in the lineup to hopefully put more runners on base in front of him, Bud Black prefers to put Blackmon's bat in a place where he's guaranteed the maximum number of plate appearances.

Kiszla vs. Groke: How many wins will push the Rockies into the playoffs? | The Denver Post
This is a great question that I'm sure everyone wishes they knew the exact answer for. Personally, I think that 85 wins will be enough to win the second wild card place. While Giancarlo Stanton may eclipse the 60 home run, mark the rest of the Marlins team has cooled off and none of the NL Central contenders have been consistent enough to expect much more. Hopefully, the long home stand can rejuvenate the Rockies and help them reestablish their lead in the standings.

Pat Neshek is 100 percent badass | BSNDenver
Pat Neshek seems to have finally pushed past the bad luck that plagued him after being acquired by the Rockies. In fact, Lady Luck seems to have swung all the way to the opposite direction as he's no earned back-to-back wins out of the bullpen.