Apr 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Coors Field during the first inning of the game between the San Diego Padres against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
One to watch (Mike Nikorak): The other Rockies’ first-round pick this year (besides Brendan Rodgers) made his professional debut, allowing three hits and three walks — but only one run — in 2.2 innings pitched on Friday against the Helena Brewers. Like most high school pitchers, Nikorak is going to be brought along slowly, but at 6’5″ with a heavy fastball, you can’t help but be excited about some of the ‘what-ifs’ surrounding young pitching talent.
Say it with me (especially in light of more disabled list news all the way up at the big league club’s roster): you can never have too much pitching. You can never have too much pitching.
Quick hits: There’s more on Nikorak’s debut here, plus an uncharacteristically silent day from the baby Rockies’ bats … Draft picks Peter Lambert and Javier Medina also debuted for the Rockies in Grand Junction this week … Just how hitter-friendly is the Pioneer League? The worst offensive team — Helena — slashes .271/.345/.419 … On that same note, as a team, Grand Junction is slashing .302/.367/.503 — which makes them the best offensive club in the entire league … Once again for those slow on the uptake, here is info on where and how to vote for the Pioneer League All Star Game.