Jun 29, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Brandon Barnes (1) hits a double in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
On the roster (4): Brandon Barnes, Roger Bernadina, Kyle Parker, Tim Wheeler.
On the 40-man roster (2): Barnes, Parker.
Ones to watch: Parker.
The first call-up: Barnes.
The dark horse(s): Bernadina.
Brandon Barnes should probably get the first call-up this season after spending all of last year in Denver and working on his re-made swing this spring and now, into the summer. Depending on injuries, trades, effectiveness and depth, Barnes will be in Denver soon and spend at least part of the year with the Rockies in 2015.
Parker, too, is likely ready to spend more time in Denver than Albuquerque, but with his ability to only play corner outfield positions, he’s blocked by Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson at present. As with Barnes, injuries or trades would open the door for Parker, and both of these outfielders will see some time in Denver one way or another this summer.
Bernadina has seven years of big league experience, totaling 1,480 plate appearances with a Major League career slash line of .236/.307/.354. He was injured for much of Spring Training and never really got to prove himself to the Rockies, so he will start in AAA and try to earn at-bats at some point this summer. He’s a lefty, and north of 30, and the Rockies may not have too much space for him based on their outfield situation and his past, but he bears watching if only for his big league history.
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