Thursday may have been an off day for the Colorado Rockies, but there were still were plenty of things happening with the team.
First, a pair of high-ranking Rockies prospects received an honor by being named to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game roster. Ryan McMahon, who recently earned Pacific Coast League Player of the Week honors, and Brendan Rodgers, the top-rated prospect for the Rockies, will play for the U.S. team on Sunday, July 9, as part of the festivities leading up to the All-Star Game.
Heading into Thursday’s action, McMahon was hitting .440 in 25 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. Rodgers, recently promoted to Double-A Hartford, is hitting .259 in his first seven games with the Yard Goats after batting .400 in 48 games with Class A Lancaster (Calif.).
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Second, Greg Holland seemed like a high-risk, high-reward signing when the Rockies inked him in the offseason. That’s one of the reasons why his contract was loaded with incentive-laden clauses. However, Holland has surpassed expectations and his contract is going to be the best-case scenario for the 31-year-old right-hander.
MLBTradeRumors.com broke down some of the numbers within Holland’s contract in this article. One of the more interesting notes is that he is on track to earn most or all of the $11 million in incentives the Rockies built into the contract.
It sounds like it is a gamble that will pay off for both sides this season.
Third, Nolan Arenado has taken the lead over Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs in the race for the National League’s starting job at third base in the upcoming All-Star Game. If the lead holds, it would mark Arenado’s inaugural start at third in the Midsummer Classic.
Arenado is virtually guaranteed his spot on the National League roster in Miami, which will mark the third consecutive year that the 26-year-old will take part in the All-Star Game. However, earning the start in fan voting over the reigning National League Most Valuable Player would certainly be a tremendous accomplishment.
What has pushed Arenado in the final hours of voting. Quite possibly plays like the one Arenado made in San Francisco in Wednesday’s matinee.
Make sure you vote for Nolan and the other Rockies by clicking here. Voting ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.