In a cruel joke by the baseball gods, the “oft-injured” David Dahl was placed on the 10-day IL yesterday for a left-side core injury (retroactive to Monday). If there’s a glimmer of hope here, it’s that—in David’s words—“it just felt kind of like it cramped up,” and the Rockies are just being cautious with their budding young star. Additionally, the trip to the IL allowed for the team to call up Yonathan Daza so they don’t have to be a man short while Dahl recoups.
Also in Thomas Harding’s report is news that Jeff Hoffman will be called up to start today’s finale with the Braves—if mother nature cooperates, of course. Jeff will be starting in the spot of Tyler Anderson who was also recently placed on the IL with knee inflammation. Combine this with Josh Fuentes’ addition to the roster, and the Rockies find themselves digging deep into their system to replace crucial players with a lot of question marks.
Nando di Fino from the Athletic’s fantasy department is a big fan of Raimel Tapia, so when David Dahl was injured and Tapia was suddenly thrusted from fringe fourth outfielder to starting left-fielder for the Rockies, he was excited. Unfortunately for him, Nick Groke rained on his parade, and this is the result.
Nino reminds us of all the good reasons Tapia is in this position—his combination of speed, contact, and power in the minors, and he is young with room to grow still—but he still lacks Bud Black’s trust to reliably execute as needed at the big league level. To Raimel’s credit, as Groke explains, the Rockies want him to succeed and would be “open to letting him overtake Desmond as the starting center fielder.” That’s a big deal, and Raimel just needs to find consistency in his time with the Rockies to secure his spot in the outfield and lineup.
There’s been a lot of negativity regarding the Rockies so far this season—and rightly so—but it’s not all bad... right? Well, Aaron Hurt thinks not, and decided to find some bright spots in this mostly disastrous year so far. Nolan Arenado turning a corner is one positive note, and his other is the performance of German Márquez so far. After yesterday’s game in which the Rockies ace gave up five runs, another one bites the dust.
If I had to pick one bright spot, I would say Trevor Story. Entering Tuesday’s action, Trevor was only slashing a modest .231/.333/.538, but that slugging% stands out. He has nine hits on the year, and four have been home runs. He still has a lot of swing and miss in his bat that needs to be worked on, but he has been one of the lone offensive producers at the same time. There’s still time to turn this season around, and Trevor will be one of the keys.
Patrick Lyons discusses the injury bug that has been running rampant in the Rockies clubhouse and wonders how the Rockies will continue to address their rapidly dwindling depth. Some of the intriguing names he brings up as possible sparks to the lineup are Sam Hilliard, Noel Cuevas, and Brendan Rodgers.
It’s pretty obvious the Rockies want to see Brendan flourish at Triple-A before truly beginning the “Rodgers Era,” but their hand may be forced if the offense doesn’t turn it around soon or another player hits the IL. Regardless of the reason, the Rockies #1 prospect may need to make an impact this year for Postseason baseball to remain a possibility.
On the farm
As for the Rockies minor league affiliates, it was all Asheville on Tuesday as the Tourists outscored the RiverDogs 25-6 in their double-header and came away with two victories. Terrin Vavra, the Rockies 14th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline and no. 13 PuRP, had a day to remember by going 4-for-7 with a home run, double, 7 RBI, and a stolen base (in both games combined). In six games so far, Terrin is slashing a robust .391/.500/.609 and the increased level of competition has not slowed him down.
The starting pitchers for Asheville were a tale of two games, however, as Riley Pint (no. 8 PuRP) came out strong and pitched two clean innings in game 1. Riley gave up one hit, a walk, and struck out three, while Ryan Feltner (no. 19 PuRP) pitched three innings in game 2, gave up two hits, two runs, and walked five batters while striking out no one.