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Rockies acquire relief pitcher James Pazos

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Rockies news and links for April 27, 2019

Rockies acquire lefty reliever Pazos from Phils | Rockies.com
The Colorado Rockies officially acquired left-handed relief pitcher James Pazos from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday evening. Pazos has struggled in a small sample of 7 1/3 innings for Triple-A this season, collecting seven walks against four strikeouts. He was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Wednesday.

Pazos, who will turn 28 on May 5, has had better numbers at the major league level as recently as the 2018 season. For the Seattle Mariners, Pazos pitched 50 innings of 2.88 ERA ball. His underlying peripherals were solid as well. Per nine innings, Pazos averaged 8.1 strikeouts, 2.7 walks and 0.72 home runs.

To acquire Pazos, the Rockies gave up infielder Hunter Stovall, who came in at a tie for No. 58 on the preseason PuRPs rankings. Stovall, 22, had been batting .281/.414/.439 in 70 plate appearances for the Class-A Asheville Tourists.

Pazos will report to Triple-A, reports Thomas Harding of MLB.com. With Jake McGee and Chris Rusin on the Injured List (though nearing rehab appearances), Mike Dunn and Harrison Musgrave have been seeing the most action from the left side of the Rockies’ bullpen early in 2019.

Colorado Rockies: Raimel Tapia needs to replace Ian Desmond in outfield | Rox Pile
Raimel Tapia should be starting over Ian Desmond, opines Aaron Hurt of Rox Pile. For the time being, it appears Manager Bud Black has been more willing to use the duo in a bit more of a platoon role, but it appears Desmond still has the upper hand on playing time. While many seemingly refuse to accept that Desmond’s performance has been detrimental to the team, there could soon reach a point where a team that wishes to be in contention come October needs to put its best player on the field more often.

Kyle Freeland opens old baseball cards | Yahoo Sports
Kyle Freeland joins Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports to open some baseball cards. Freeland shares some of his favorite memories of watching legends play the game. And when it comes time to make some trades, will K-Free seize an opportunity to trade a Trevor Story card for the right return? You’ll have to watch to find out.

On the Farm

Asheville lost on a walk-off two-run homer and the Isotopes and Yard Goats were rained out. On the bright side, Casey Golden hit his sixth home run of the season for Lancaster.

Triple-A: The Albuquerque Isotopes were postponed due to rain in Salt Lake. They will take on the Bees in a doubleheader today.

Double-A: The Hartford Yard Goats were also postponed due to rain on Friday. They will play a doubleheader today versus the Harrisburg Senators.

High-A: Visalia Rawhide 6, Lancaster JetHawks 5

Single-A: West Virginia Power 4, Asheville Tourists 3