The Rockies plan to “part ways” with Chris Iannetta and select the contract of Triple-A catcher Dom Nuñez, according to Thomas Harding. That likely means Iannetta will be designated for assignment sometime Tuesday.
Iannetta hit .222/.311/.417 in 52 games in 2019, the second year on his two-year contract. He’s been the Rockies’ second catcher for most of the season, as last year’s number two Tony Wolters has made strides at the plate while also maintaining his performance behind the plate and with the pitching staff.
By far Iannetta has appeared in more games in Rockies history than any other catcher. He’s appeared in 620 games in two stints with the team. Yorvit Torrealba has the second most appearances, with 373.
Nuñez recently appeared on the honorable mention list for the mid-season Purple Row Prospects list. It was the first time he didn’t crack the top 30 since being drafted in 2013. Sam Bradfield has an excellent write-up of Nuñez’s development in Triple-A, and the help he’s received from Drew Butera. Now, he’ll join Tony Wolters in the majors.