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Rockies news and links for April 29, 2019

Ryan McMahon primed to be a key contributor for the Rockies | Mile High Sports

Ryan McMahon has been a promising young talent for the Rockies for a while now, and they decided to move ahead with him. He played outstandingly in spring training, but had just a brief outing before suffering an elbow injury that sidelined him for a bit. He took advantage of this time, though, working on the aspects of his game that he could, at least while injured. He’s certainly had some ups and downs in his time back, but his offensive contribution is undeniable, hitting .286 with nine RBIs and two home runs in his last nine games. The Rockies have put a lot of faith in the young infielder, and he’s delivered pretty well. He showed his versatility following Daniel Murphy’s injury, helping out at first base. McMahon has the potential to be a huge contributor to the Rockies’ success, and hopefully, he can live up to the hype.

Colorado Rockies: What if they are sellers at the trade deadline? | Rox Pile

The Rockies have truly begun to play better, nearing that .500 mark. If they are not able to maintain this upward trajectory, though, they might have to consider selling some players come the trade deadline. One option could be reliever Mike Dunn. This is the final year of his contract, and the Rockies are unlikely to renew given his less than ideal performance. It might be something of a challenge to find a team willing to take him on, but it could pay off. There are some other players who are in a similar position, including Mark Reynolds, Chris Iannetta, and Drew Butera. The Rockies also have some possible free agents coming up in 2021, but the Rockies are not terribly likely to consider any trades for them this season unless they really falter this season.

Blackmon finds stroke amidst hit streak | Rockies.com

Charlie Blackmon went through a dreadful hitting slump to start the 2019 season. However, he seemed to flip and switch and now he’s found himself in a ten-game hitting streak. Bud Black admits he was never worried about Blackmon’s swing. The mechanics were there, and Blackmon’s a good hitter, so it was bound to work itself out. And it definitely has, with Chuck Nazty going 3-4 in Sunday’s game.

Tyler Anderson continues to struggle at back of Rockies’ rotation | Denver Post ($)

The tail end of the Rockies’ rotation has been dragging the whole thing down. Tyler Anderson’s 11.43 ERA is a huge anchor, allowing three home runs and a triple in Sunday’s game. He’s really struggling with a lack of command. The Rockies were holding their own, though, but Seunghwan Oh missed the mark a few times as well, giving up four hits in the eighth inning. Bud Black still believes in his pitchers, though, saying that sometimes hitters are just gonna be able to hit good pitches.

On the Farm

Brendan Rodgers (no.1 PuRP) and Josh Fuentes (no. 16 PuRP) both had powerful outings in the Isotope’s loss against the Salt Lake Bees. Rodgers had a double, triple, and put together four RBIs. Fuentes, similarly hit a double and triple, driving in three runs.

Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees 14, Albuquerque Isotopes 8 | MiLB.com

Double-A: Harrisburg Senators 3, Hartford Yard Goats 2 | MiLB.com

High-A: Lancaster Jethawks 4, Visalia Rawhide 3 | MiLB.com

Low-A: Asheville Tourists 8, West Virginia Power 2 | MiLB.com