Goodness knows that the current iteration of the Colorado Rockies’ roster could use some reinforcements.
There is at least some help on the way on Monday, as the Rockies took advantage of September call-ups and brought up three players from the minor leagues: pitcher Yohan Flande, infielder Ben Paulsen, and infielder Rafael Ynoa (according to Cody Ulm of MLB.com).
Besides being available for the remainder of the month for the Rockies to play and assess for future considerations, these players will be available for the remainder of the suspended game against the Giants that will be completed on Monday. The Rockies have gotten a decent look at Paulsen over the last few months and are certainly familiar with Flande’s work. It will be interesting to see what Ynoa has to offer as he gets time this month, though it probably won’t be much.
One question surfaces immediately upon seeing these call-ups. As raised by the guys over at Purple Dino Podcast:
No Kyle Parker called up? Why?
— Purple Dino Podcast (@purpledinocast) September 1, 2014
That is an odd question at the moment. As long as Parker comes up at some point this month for more big league at-bats, there will be nothing to see here. But if he’s not for some reason, that will be a different issue.
Paulsen has batted .382 and gotten on-base at a .417 clip in 12 games of big league action this season. The Rockies certainly have incentive to get him playing time, but it will be hard to do so other than the occasional day off for Justin Morneau, he who is in pursuit of a batting title.
Flande has pitched admirably and done well to try and eat innings for the Rockies this season, but he is nothing but a warm body for a pitching staff that desperately needs any help it can get. If that comes in the form of a guy with a 5.52 ERA, well, that’s about how this season has gone.
Ynoa, age 27, is a minor league journeyman who joined the Rockies’ organization this season. He batted .297/.356/.419 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 115 games. As far as assessing future options is concerned, it’s hard to imagine the Rockies will see much to think he should play any significant role.