Future Colorado Rockies: New Britain Rock Cats July 29 Update
Jun 6, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Coors Field prior to the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
One to watch (Carlos Estevez): Ok so we have written about Carlos Estevez before, and he is one to pay attention to — after being promoted to New Britain a few months ago thanks to a dominant start to the season in class-A advanced Modesto, Estevez has settled into his bullpen role for the Rock Cats.
In 20 AA games, he owns a 3.97 ERA, and has struck out 27 hitters in 22.2 innings, allowing just one home run and six walks in the process. He also has five saves, asserting himself as the Rockies’ new AA closer (all five saves have come in his last ten games in New Britain).
Considering Estevez’s numbers in both Modesto and New Britain this year (all total, he’s 5-1, 2.76 with 10 saves and 52 strikeouts to 11 walks in 42.1 innings), he’s certainly opened up some eyes with the Rockies. And considering he still won’t turn 23 until December, Estevez is a guy who ought to have some kind of future in Denver.
Assuming his season ends roughly as it’s been going thus far, expect him to get a legitimate shot in AAA Albuquerque to start the season in 2016.
Quick hits: The pitching prospect the Colorado Rockies received in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, Jeff Hoffman, has been assigned to AA New Britain. He will begin his stint there when the Erie Sea Wolves come to New Britain for a series beginning Thursday, July 30 … The series win against Reading was the Rock Cats’ first series victory since June. What a bad time to have a bad month, after starting the season out so strongly … The Hartford Yard Goats have announced their 2016 schedule. They will play from April 7 through September 5 next season, including 19 games against the New Hampshire Blue Jays.