Colorado Rockies Saturday Shout-Outs: Welcome To DC!


Aug 5, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher M. McKenry (8) runs down the third baseline after hitting a walk off home run in the eleventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Mariners 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies are in Washington now, but the last week has been an interesting one. Shout-outs from around the organization here!

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The Colorado Rockies aren’t quite having the best season, but there are a lot of good things happening nevertheless — both on a personal level for some of the players, and in the organization as the club is trying to develop depth and a long-term winner.

Here are a few guys and stats to know about when you look at the last week (and more) around the entire Rockies’ organization:

  • I hate to give a shout-out to a non-Rockie (especially leading the shout-outs with a non-Rockie) but Bryce Harper is hitting .333 with 29 home runs and 69 RBI. When you look at who else is in that lineup in Washington around him, he’s literally singlehandedly carrying the Nationals’ offense, and, yeah, he deserves a shout-out.
  • To the players and staff of the Colorado Rockies for visiting Walter Reed Military Medical Center while in Washington this week.
  • Chad Bettis is continuing his rehab, starting to throw at AA. Soon, he’ll be back in AAA, and likely by September 1st, he’ll be back in Denver and hopefully starting games again for the Rox.
  • Michael McKenry, for hitting the first walk-off home run of his career this week! (See below.)
  • Charlie Blackmon, who leads all big league leadoff men in RBIs and extra base hits.
  • Kyle Parker, for hitting his first big league home run this week.
  • Drew Stubbs, who is very quietly hitting .417/.475/.750 in his last 19 games over the past thirty days. He’s 15-for-36 with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, and four walks… but oh yeah, 12 of his 19 outs have been via strikeout.
  • Yohan Flande, who in the past thirty days has throwing 14.2 innings while allowing just 11 hits, four runs, and four walks, to go along with 11 strikeouts. He’s 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA (5 games, 2 starts) in that time period.
  • Tommy Kahnle has been lights out in the bullpen over the past month, throwing 9.2 innings over 11 appearances, allowing just one earned run while striking out eleven and posting a WHIP of 1.14 (seven hits, four walks in that stretch).
  • Jesus Tinoco, who we covered this morning in a post on the minors, deserves a shout-out for his six shutout innings with seven strikeouts and no walks earlier this week for the Asheville Tourists. He’ll start again for Asheville this weekend.
  • Simon Castro is really putting together a very decent season in AAA Albuquerque, and probably ought to be looked at as a September call-up come another few weeks. He’s 5-5, 3.86 with 67 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 51.1 innings pitched in a very hitter-friendly environment — and that’s after allowing eight hits, four walks, and five runs in his last three innings!
  • Joining Castro in a solid year in the Isotopes bullpen is Nelson Gonzalez, who’s 4-4, 2.32 in 32 games/54.1 innings, striking out 45 hitters while allowing a WHIP of just 1.03 (43 hits, 13 walks). Gonzalez played in the Arizona Fall League for the Rockies last October, so you’d have to believe he has some kind of future in Denver.

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