With next year’s rule changes, the September expansion will be limited to 28 players, rather than the 40 the team is used to. Bud Black isn’t too worried about the change, as he believes the last month of the season should be played like the first five. The players aren’t overly concerned, either, as the thought persists that it’s better to sit the bench in the majors than play in the minors. There’s still a chance for these young players to prove themselves, despite the limited roster numbers. With some hard work, there can still be success in the major leagues.
The Rockies almost won a division title last year, battling it out in a rare game 163. Colorado has never been great against the Dodgers, and this season has been definite proof of that. They’ve also seen the dearth of depth. There have been many injuries to the team this year, and there hasn’t been much demonstrated in terms of capable players who’ve come up to fill those voids. The Rockies have one of the worst farm systems in baseball this year, and one of their priorities for the next year will be rebuilding that depth.
On the Farm
The Isotopes fell in a close game against the Grizzlies. Despite Roberto Ramos, Josh Fuentes, Noel Cuevas, and Nelson Molina all scoring runs, they still lost. Ben Meyer did pretty well as starting pitcher, and Heath Holder held his own, but they weren’t quite able to nab the win.
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks , Lake Elsinore Storm | MiLB.com
Short-Season A: Hillsboro Hops 13, Boise Hawks 5 | MiLB.com