Colorado Rockies: Predicting this year’s September call-ups

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Brendan Rodgers #1 of the Colorado Rockies and the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Brendan Rodgers #1 of the Colorado Rockies and the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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Yency Almonte of the Colorado Rockies
PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 22: Relief pitcher Yency Almonte #62 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

As August comes to a close, the Colorado Rockies find themselves in a dead heat in the NL West.  Barreling toward first place, the Rox have the best record in the NL since June 28 and appear poised to overtake the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks for the lead in the West.

The good news doesn’t end there. To the excitement of the Colorado Rockies and their fans across the region, reinforcements are on their way. When rosters expand on September 1, some familiar faces will rejoin the club and likely some new faces will accompany them. Let’s take a look at who might get the call.

Yency Almonte 

Almonte saw some big league time out of the Rockies’ bullpen earlier this season and pitched well.  The young right-hander pitched 9 innings and only allowed one earned run.  He posted a 1.11 WHIP and struck out 7 batters.

Almonte could return to the bullpen or potentially slide into the rotation in case of injury or if Tyler Anderson and Antonio Senzatela‘s struggles continue.  Almonte’s minor league numbers might not look great on the surface but that stems solely from 7 starts during April and May during which he posted an ERA over 7.00.

Since then, he has been dominant, surrendering just 6 total earned runs over 30 innings pitched with the Rockies and their Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.  That comes out to a 1.80 ERA.  Since returning to Albuquerque, Almonte has worked exclusively out of the ‘pen and is yet to give up a run while allowing just 2 hits.

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