Peter O’Brien is a threat the Rockies will have to keep an eye on.
Peter O’Brien was a 2nd round pick in 2012 for the New York Yankees. Before that he was the 2010 MEAC Player of the Year in College and drafted by YOUR Colorado Rockies in 2011. He did not sign. He instead finished his college career at Miami and was All-ACC He was drafted as a catcher and he hit the fast track. In 2012 and 2013, he tore up single A and high A baseball before heading to the Arizona Fall League.
July 31st, 2014, O’Brien’s track changed forever. He was traded for Martin Prado and joined the Arizona Diamondbacks System. In 2015, He opened with the AAA Reno Aces, hitting a home run off of Jorge De La Rosa on Opening Day 2015.
O’Brien couldn’t be happier about being in the Diamondback organization. As he came over to the Diamondbacks, the organization decided he’d get the most at bats as an outfielder and he was moved to Left Field. “I want to help my team win no matter what, no matter where I have to play.”
I asked O’Brien if he has ever had trouble communicating with the Diamondbacks biggest off-season move, Yasmany Tomas in Right Field. The man with the good Irish name informed me he is actually Cuban and Spanish is his first language so he has been able to work well with Tomas.
O’Brien has a monster bat and whenever the Diamondbacks decide him and Tomas are ready, they are going to be an offensive threat to Rockies pitching. More from the interview below.
Other Quick Hits
The Rockies move to 4-0 after winning on their home opener. They are one of only five remaining undefeated teams.
During the Isotopes pre-game show, Josh Suchon of the Isotopes was told that Jorge De La Rosa is healthy and rejoined the Rockies today. He is slated to pitch during the San Francisco series if his health holds up.
Rockies Infield Prospect, Ben Paulsen and Catching Prospect Ryan Casteel not starting for the second straight game. Manager Glen Allen Hill said they will start when “it’s their day.” Casteel is likely on the bench due to Dustin Garneau’s hot bat. Garneau was 3-4 in the opener.
Jon Lannan has his first start as an Isotope tonight.