Colorado Rockies announce 2017 Arizona Fall League participants
Rosters were announced for the 2017 installment of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League on Tuesday afternoon. The Colorado Rockies will once again send prospects to be a part of the Salt River Rafters. Now we know who those prospects are.
Colorado will send four pitchers to Arizona Fall League action with Yency Almonte, Shane Broyles, James Farris and Zach Jemiola taking the mound of the Rafters. Additionally, catcher Dom Nunez and outfielder Yonathan Daza will make the squad.
The Rockies are one of five teams that send players to the Rafters, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers. The team calls Salt Rivers Fields at Talking Stick, the home of the Diamondbacks and Rockies for spring training, home.
Games are slated to begin on Tuesday, October 10 and will conclude with the AFL championship game on Saturday, November 18.
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Almonte and Jemiola are members of the Colorado 40-man roster. Almonte, a 23-year-old right-hander has split time between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque this season. After posting a 5-3 mark and 2.00 ERA in 14 starts with Hartford, Almonte has logged a 2-1 mark and 5.90 ERA in six Triple-A starts. Jemiola started the season at Class A Boise but is now joining Almonte on the Isotopes roster. He is 6-4 with a 5.59 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) this season.
Farris came over in the trade that sent former Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler to the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander has also split time between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
Broyles is finishing up his second season in Double-A and has put together an impressive campaign, going 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA and finishing 35 games (saving 19 of them). Over the last two seasons, he has struck out 143 over 102.2 innings.
In 90 Double-A games this season, the 22-year-old Nunez has posted just a .190 average but has blasted 11 home runs, boosting his OPS to .665.
The 23-year-old Daza will make the jump from Class A Lancaster to the Arizona Fall League. He has posted a .342 average and save swiped 26 bases in 33 attempts this season.
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Salt River finished last season with a 15-15-1 mark and missed making the playoffs by just a half-game. Among last year’s Rockies representatives with the Rafters were Ryan McMahon and Pat Valaika. That shows the important role that the Fall League can play in a player’s development as both have seen action in the big leagues this season.