Colorado Rockies: Let’s Meet The Albuquerque Isotopes

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Mar 27, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA;New York Mets starting pitcher John Lannan (32) throws against the Washington Nationals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies AAA affiliate Albuquerque Isotopes open their season Thursday with Jorge De La Rosa on the mound in a rehab start (that’s a hell of a AAA Opening Day starter!).

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With the Colorado Rockies changing AAA affiliates this winter, the Albuquerque Isotopes are new to the organization in 2015.

They announced their roster on Twitter and their official website, so it’s time to break down what they’ve got and who you might see in Denver this summer.

While results matter far less in the minor leagues than they do in the majors, a good AAA team means good big league depth that a club can poach during the season if necessary.

And considering the Rockies injury history, well, they can’t ever be too deep with AAA replacements ready to take the field.

It’s a fun time to be in Albuquerque with a regime change to the Rockies, and the city will see prospects like Jon Gray and Cristhian Adames, and big leaguers like Chad Bettis, Rex Brothers, and Brandon Barnes.

So today, let’s take a look at what to expect from the Isotopes this summer, and what Rockies fans need to know about their AAA affiliate as these players will undoubtedly get the call to the big leagues throughout the season.

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