Colorado Rockies Down On The Farm: Cristhian Adames
By Bobby DeMuro
Sep 27, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcherTim Federowicz
(26) throws out Colorado Rockies shortstopCristhian Adames
(10) at first base in the sixth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies have a star prospect down in AAA Albuquerque who is slowly but surely figuring out the offensive side of the ball to go along with his defensive prowess.
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We’ve certainly mentioned this guy before, but it’s time for the Colorado Rockies to make a move and bring up Cristhian Adames from AAA Albuquerque, and let him play as a utility infielder and/or a more important role if/when Troy Tulowitzki (or DJ LeMahieu?) is traded.
Ok, that first sentence was a mouthful with a couple hypotheticals — forget the supposed trades for a minute, though, and focus on what Adames does: play great defense (which we already knew), play multiple positions (which we already knew), and increasingly, hit for average in AAA as a 23-year old. Questions came in before the year as to whether Adames could hold his own at the plate; he’s done so in AAA this year (he did it in half a season at AAA last year, too), and it’s probably time to see if he can do it at the next level, as well.
In fact, Adames was just named to the Pacific Coast League All Star Team, where he will represent the PCL in the AAA All Star Game facing the International League’s All Star club this week.
A minor league All Star nod alone isn’t necessarily worthy of a call-up, but it does further prove Adames’ good work down in Albuquerque. There are paths for him to get to the big leagues, and various needs for him here (Daniel Descalso, for example, was 0 for his last 20 before a triple on Friday evening).
It’ll be interesting to see how the next few weeks play out with the trade deadline, and then the few weeks after that when the Rockies officially realize they’ve been out of contention for a while; hopefully the combination of those two things will give Adames a long-term shot in Denver.