Future Colorado Rockies: New Britain Rock Cats August 12 Update
By Bobby DeMuro
Jun 8, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of downtown Denver during the sixth inning between the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
One to watch (Jeff Hoffman): The prospect is back at it, throwing his second game for the Rock Cats this week since the Rockies acquired him in the Troy Tulowitzki trade.
In the game, Hoffman tossed five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out five hitters, even though he got a no-decision in a game the Rock Cats eventually lost in extra innings.
He’s now struck out 19 in 21.1 AA innings this season, while only allowing five earned runs — which might make him an interesting case as to whether the Rockies would like to bring him up as a September call-up in three weeks if he keeps throwing the ball as well as he has recently.
Likely he won’t be brought up yet (remember Eddie Butler coming up from AA? Rockies’ GM Jeff Bridich is likely hesitant to do that again), but I suppose you never know… Hoffman will certainly be in the big league mix in 2016.
Quick hits: The Rock Cats are 53-60 overall, 10.5 games out of first place, despite their hot first few weeks of the season that obviously couldn’t carry them further than that … The Rock Cats are also nine games out of a playoff spot (must finish at least second in their division), so likely the season will end the first week of September with no playoff berth to finish out the club’s time in New Britain … The Rock Cats are also 21-36 on the road, which is the worst mark in the Eastern League … Batting .292, Mike Tauchman is seventh in the Eastern League in hitting, though he’s got a quite a bit of work to do to take over the top spot from Dean Green of the Erie Sea Wolves, who’s hitting .321 … Shane Carle leads the Eastern League in wins, and is now 12-6 in 21 starts with a 3.59 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 80:25 strikeout to walk ratio.