Saturday night heroics showed what Rockies fans have known for quite some time, and what the entire baseball community widely knows now: DJ LeMahieu can play.
LeMahieu’s notoriety and fame in ALCS Game 6 was shorted, however, as Jose Altuve still found a way to take the conversation away from him. Patrick Saunders writes in the Denver Post how LeMahieu was dismissed in past years, and small market media attention in Colorado easily could have played a factor. LeMahieu found himself in New York where media coverage runs rampant, he delivered in a clutch situation that flipped the baseball world on its’ head in the moment, and just a half-inning later, Jose Altuve took the conversation. It again leaves LeMahieu discredited where his recognition is highly deserved.
Roberto Osuna gave up the home run to LeMahieu on Saturday, reminisce of Aroldis Chapman giving up a game-tying home run to Rajai Davis in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. Both home runs were unbelievable moments, and both are diminished in how incredible the moments truly were; the teams that hit them eventually lost. Chapman may have given up one of these ‘lost’ home runs, but his only other home run allowed in the postseason crowned an American League champion by walk-off.
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The Arizona Fall League features top prospects across all 30 teams, some as young as 20 years old. Ashton Goudeau suits up for the Salt River Rafters in Scottsdale at 27, as a 27th round junior college draft pick, after signing with the Rockies as a free agent just short of a year ago.
In a heavy-signing-bonus-laden league with top young talent, Goudeau has shown himself to be top talent as well, despite a path unlike most anybody else he plays this fall. Goudeau sported a 2.07 ERA in 16 Double-A starts this year, after a campaign for Kansas City where his minor league ERA hovered above five in 2016 and 2017. He was traded to Seattle for the 2018 season, elected free agency last offseason, and signed with Colorado, where he thrived in Hartford and earned himself a spot with the Rafters.
Goudeau has thrown 13 innings thus far with 18 strikeouts for Salt River and has yet to allow a run.