Colorado Rockies: Caravan Update and AFL Pitching Workhorses
By Kevin Henry
Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat … there is no new news on the Colorado Rockies manager search. Yes, there are candidates and plenty of rumors about who they might be, but there’s been nothing official come out of LoDo.
However, there are still a couple of news items to throw out about the Rockies. Let’s dive in.
A caravan change
In an offseason of change, the Colorado Rockies announced another change on Tuesday afternoon.
Due to improvements underway in the Club Level of Coors Field, Rockies Fest will not be held in January as has been the case in winters past. Instead, a January Caravan will take place with visits throughout the state and region.
According to the Rockies, the itinerary for the 2017 Rockies Caravan is being planned now for the week of January 23. It will include stops throughout Colorado and surrounding states, and travel by plane and RV.
Along with the new manager of the club, several current Rockies players and baseball personnel will be on board. It promises to be a different time of interacting with fans than years past.
When the itinerary and participating players are finalized in the coming weeks, it will be posted and updated at www.rockies.com/caravan.
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While Colorado prospect Ryan McMahon was recently named to the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, two Rockies pitching prospects are getting in a lot of work for the Salt River Rafters.
Entering Tuesday’s game against Peoria, Zach Jemiola and Shane Carle were two of the Rafters’ pitchers who had thrown the most innings.
The 22-year-old Jemiola, who spent last season at Double-A Hartford, logged a 1-1 record and 3.75 ERA in 12 innings spanning four starts. Teammate Shane Carle has come out of the bullpen to hurl 11.0 innings over six games. He has a 1-0 record with 1.64 ERA after posting a 5-8 mark and 5.42 ERA for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2016.
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