As three players return to the Colorado Rockies roster from the World Baseball Classic, nine players are on their way out. Chad Bettis, Parker Frazier, Dan Houston, Tyler Anderson, Erick Threets, Lars Davis, Cristhian Adames, Rafael Ortega, and Kyle Parker make up the list of players who are headed for minor league camp.
Most noteworthy among those names are Bettis, Anderson, Davis, and Parker. Those four consistently appear on lists of top prospects in the organization and their progress in the minor leagues will be monitored closely. Meaningful contributions in the near future would be especially welcome from Bettis.
Teammates congratulating Davis after he drove in the winning run against Team USA. Image: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Frazier, the son of Root Sports commentator/world class on-air eater George, struggled mightily this spring. Fear not; you will hear plenty about his progress as the season wears on. Imagine yourself watching the Rockies on a mundane Wednesday evening on Root Sports. As Toyota Talk relentlessly scrolls across the bottom of your television, Drew Goodman will fill the space of the 3rd pitching change of the inning by updating us all on how Parker did in his most recent start. Then they’ll check in with Jeff Huson about the weather down on the field, show a picture of Tracy Ringolsby typing away at his computer, and cut back to the booth to show George’s most recent delivery from the concession stands as he basks in fatherly pride.
Back to the cuts. Hopefully there was value in exposing these players to big league camp. For example, Lars Davis drove in the winning run to cap the Rockies’ comeback against
themselves Team USA. Now they can experiences like those with them as they resume their development in minor league camp.