We’ve written about the new Colorado Rockies’ prospect before on this segment, but he’s turning heads again and deserves more recognition.
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The Colorado Rockies got Jeff Hoffman and Miguel Castro back as the two focal points in the trade of Troy Tulowitzki last month, and most fans and media outlets focused hard upon those two minor league pitchers.
It makes sense why; Hoffman and Castro are both knocking on the big league door (Castro’s already been in the big leagues, in fact), and both are power pitchers who are projected at the top of a rotation (Hoffman) and perhaps as a top-of-the-bullpen closer (Castro).
But then there’s this third guy… Jesus Tinoco. We’ve written him up right here before, as well as lumping him in with the aforementioned pair, but all Tinoco has done since then is, well, continue to dominate.
In four starts with the Asheville Tourists, Tinoco has allowed just 18 hits and five walks in 23 innings, while striking out 26 and going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a .217 batting average against.
Sure, Tinoco is a lot further away from the big leagues than are Hoffman and Castro, but he’s also impressing the Rockies despite being oh yeah, that third guy in the Tulo trade.
Here’s Tinoco pitching last season with the Blue Jays in extended spring training:
Considering the numbers he’s putting up in Asheville, and that there are only about two weeks left in minor league seasons, it’s probably not too ridiculous to imagine the Rockies giving Tinoco a shot at a couple starts in Modesto in the Class-A Advanced California League.
If not, he’s certainly earned the right to move up a level for 2016 — and he’s yet another minor league starter Rockies fans ought to follow in the next few seasons.
[Header image via Prospect Portal/YouTube.]