Future Colorado Rockies: Albuquerque Isotopes August 4 Update

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Apr 20, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of gloves and hats in the Colorado Rockies dugout during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

One to watch (Rex Brothers): I believe the next month is going to go a long way to determine whether or not Rex Brothers ever gets a September call-up, and in turn, even deserves a shot with the Colorado Rockies come 2016. He’s been kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on the mound ever since he came back from Denver earlier in July.

In his first outing back, he walked two, but struck out four, in 1.1 innings. Then he threw two perfect innings with 5 total strikeouts in his next two outings. Then, on Sunday, he only recorded two outs, walked the bases loaded, and eventually walked in a run before he was pulled from the game.

All told, he’s 4-1 with 3 saves in 36 games of relief in AAA, but he’s also got a 4.46 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP, and he’s allowed 32 walks in 32.2 innings, despite striking out a whopping 49 batters and allowing just 24 hits (.200 batting average against). Man, I miss the good Rex — because here and there we are seeing flashes of that guy, but never anything consistent enough to stick around.

Quick hits: The only quick hit of note at this point is Brooks Brown. The big league reliever is rehabbing a shoulder injury, and threw a scoreless, perfect inning for Albuquerque on Sunday evening in Fresno. Expect him back in Denver fairly soon, should his rehab assignment continue to go well for the Isotopes. The Rockies desperately need him back … Also, Miguel Castro made his debut with the Isotopes this week. Expect him in Denver this September as a call-up, if only for the Rockies to see what they have in the righty reliever … Other than that, not too many notes and quick hits this week, but there is this: in a couple days, we’ll be doing a big segment on likely September call-ups the Rockies may make when rosters expand to 40 members on the 1st of the new month. Stay tuned for that, as it’ll have quite a bit of information on Isotopes players in it!


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