The Rockies began 2019 with many of the same faces in their rotation as last year — Kyle Freeland, German Márquez, Tyler Anderson, Jon Gray, and Chad Bettis. However, due to a myriad of factors, none of the Opening Day starters remain in the rotation. With the arm injury to German Márquez, 22-year-old Peter Lambert is now the longest tenured man in the rotation. Lambert made his debut on June 6. The other four starters — Chi Chi Gonzalez, Tim Melville, Rico Garcia, and Antonio Senzatela — were not even on the team ten days ago. Kyle Newman discusses each new starter and how they will affect the Rockies going forward, and the status of the team’s pitching staff as a whole.
Sam Hilliard was one of two Rockies to make their MLB debut last night, and he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, a home run, and two RBI. He also recorded his first big league error, so he basically did it all last night. Kevin Henry talked to Hilliard about the previous night, when Isotopes’ manager Glenallen Hill broke the news of his call up and how he reacted after. Despite the rough patch the Rockies have been going through in 2019, this is at least a bright point to look forward to.
Rico Garcia was the other Rockie promoted on Tuesday night, and he pitched five innings in which he gave up six earned runs on seven hits including three home runs. He also struck out two but walked five. Not the best of starts for the 25-year-old Hawaiian right hander. Patrick Lyons talked to Rico about his preparation for Major League Baseball, particularly in Hawaii where there have only been 45 players to make it to the big leagues (hint: he spent a lot of time at 24-Hour Fitness).
On the Farm
Colton Welker (no. 4 PuRP) and Tyler Nevin (no. 9 PuRP) put on quite the show for Yard Goats fans on Tuesday night’s double header against the Harrisburg Senators (AA Nationals). Each recorded at least one home run, but Nevin hit a bomb in each game. In the first game, the corner infielders went back-to-back off of Senators’ right hander Mario Sanchez in the fourth inning. They started the rally of five eventual runs in the inning to cap the Yard Goats’ victory.