Colorado Rockies: Ranking the 40-Man Roster: 37-40

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Shane Carle of the Colorado Rockies
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Shane Carle: Starting Pitcher Points: 225 Highest Rank: 34 Lowest: 40

Carle was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014 for Rob Scahill, one of the first deals Jeff Bridich made as general manager. At that time, Carle was in high A for the Pittsburgh organization but started his time with the Rockies in New Britain in the 2015 season. The 25-year-old is a former 10th-round draft pick out of Long Beach State in the 2013 draft.

He spent the whole 2016 season with the Albuquerque Isotopes with modest success. He gave up quite a few runs in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with an ERA of 5.42 over 19 starts. The biggest problem for Carle was a lot of baserunners, as he owned a WHIP of 1.608 and almost 12 hits per 9 innings. One positive for Carle has been his ground ball versus fly ball out ratio, which was 1.21 in 2016 but was even better in the past.

After braving the hitter friendly environment in Albuquerque, Carle is likely ready as option for the Rockies if they need a spot start because of injury or a double header. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start a game or two but I don’t see him factoring into the Rockies rotation plans in 2016 or beyond.