The minor league season ended on Monday so with that, the Colorado Rockies called up a few more players from the minor leagues.
Before Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies announced that they had made a few roster moves.
They also selected the contract of right-handed pitcher D.J. Johnson and added him to the 40-man roster and the major league staff as well as recalling outfielder Yonathan Daza from Double-A Hartford and placed him on the 60-day DL.
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Recalling Hampson, Howard, and Tapia shouldn’t be surprising to you if you’ve watched Rockies games this year as they all have spent time with the Rockies.
Hampson, who will turn 24 in October, made his major league debut in July and in 10 games with the Rockies, he hit .273/.407/.409 with six hits in 22 at bats, including a double and a triple.
Tapia, 24, has seen his playing time in the major leagues cut by 80 percent as he played in 70 games for the Rockies last year and only 14 thus far this season. In that limited time with the Rockies this year, he is hitting .222/.300/.500 with a homer and 5 RBI.
Johnson is the most intriguing of the four considering that he was not on the 40-man roster and he has never pitched in the major leagues before. Johnson, who turned 29 years old last Thursday, has spent time in four organizations before coming to the Rockies organization last season.
This year, he has been in Albuquerque all season and he pitched to a 3.90 ERA in the very hitter friendly Pacific Coast League with 50 appearances. Additionally, he also had 18 saves, which was far and away the leader for the Isotopes. The next highest pitcher in saves for the Isotopes was actually Scott Oberg and Jerry Vasto (who was just traded for Drew Butera) with three each.
These moves put the Rockies roster up to 35 so they could make even more moves to add to their current roster this month.