Colorado Rockies: Ranking the 40-Man Roster: 36-31

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Feb 29, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher
Feb 29, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher /

Number 34

Sam Moll: Left Handed Pitcher Points: 201 Highest Rank: 31 Lowest Rank: 38

Moll is a 25-year-old lefty reliever out of the state of Tennessee. A third round pick of the Rockies from the University of Memphis in 2013, Moll started six games in his first professional season before being converted into a full-time reliever.

After a slow start to his career that saw him spend two full seasons in Low-A Ball, Moll started figuring things out in 2015. Moll put up good numbers in High-A Modesto before being promoted to Double-A, where he was all but unhittable. When the season ended, the Rockies rewarded Moll with a trip to the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

However, 2016 didn’t go nearly as smoothly for Moll. Pitching for Triple-A Albuquerque, his ERA ballooned up to 4.94. Perhaps more worrisome, Moll walked more hitters than ever before (career-high 3.6 BB/9) while simultaneously striking out fewer (career-low 7.4 K/9). That’s a bad combination for a pitcher looking to crack the big leagues.

That being said, Moll may have the clearest path to a spot on the big league roster out of anyone in this part of the countdown. The Rockies left-handed relief options are sparse: Mike Dunn and Jake McGee are the only proven later-inning options, and while I personally believe Chris Rusin is underrated, Colorado seems content using him as a long reliever/emergency starter.

Moll has significant right-left splits: RHB hit .320 against him in 2016, but lefties hit just .246. In a best-case scenario, he could become a LOOGY for the Rockies, potentially as soon as this season if he shows improvement in his second stint in Triple-A.

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