Here Are Some Possible Colorado Rockies September Call-Ups
Jul 3, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman W. Rosario (20) hits a two RBI double in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
There are obviously quite a few guys the Rockies can add to the active roster when expansion happens at the start of September. While they don’t need to add everyone here, there are a few obvious options (and maybe some not-so-obvious ones on the next slide).
Wilin Rosario. Rosario will surely be back by September one, if not sooner. He’s killing the ball in AAA (he was PCL Player of the Week last week), and the Rockies will surely recall him for September 1st. It remains to be seen how many at-bats he’d get with Ben Paulsen and Parker at first base, but he’ll surely be back in Denver.
Cristhian Adames. Adames was up in Denver (er, Chicago) for exactly one day after Troy Tulowitzki was traded to Toronto, and you should expect him to return for September. He was a PCL All Star this year, and he’s earned the opportunity.
Rafael Ynoa. Remember Ynoa? He was in Denver for most of the first half of the season, before being sent back to AAA Albuquerque. He’s done well in ABQ this summer, and he’s versatile as a switch hitter and utility infielder/outfielder. There’s no reason he wouldn’t be back with the Rockies come September.
Chad Bettis. This depends not on Bettis’ effectiveness, but his health. He should be moving along fairly soon with his forearm injury, and it’d serve the Rockies well if he were back getting starts by September (if not sooner!).
Brooks Brown. Brown, like Bettis, may very well be back before September 1st. Expect him to return soon from his shoulder injury, as he’s wrapping up a rehab assignment at AAA Albuquerque.
Rex Brothers. I think September might be Brothers’ last serious chance with the Rockies if he doesn’t show some improvement in the month. Unless he can find his command then, and in Spring Training in 2016, that’ll be about a year and a half of sustained, weird command struggles. Surely, he can’t get too many more chances… right?
Gonzalez Germen. Germen ought to be back in a few weeks for bullpen depth.
Kenny Roberts. Roberts probably deserves another shot in Denver this September, especially since he’s the perfect audition candidate as the Rockies determine what they may have in the bullpen for next year.
David Hale. Hale, like Brown and Bettis, may be ready to return before September 1. Either way, it’s probably smart to bring him back to Denver in September and give him some more big league innings, despite his fading fast after a strong start earlier this season.
Next: Some Other Unlikely But Interesting Options