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Harvey came to the Rockies via the Yankees in one of the least-heralded deals at the trading deadline. The 27-year-old righty had pitched a grand total of nine innings for the Yankees and had been toiling in AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre since May when the Rockies traded 19-year-old lefty Alfredo Garcia to the Yanks for his services.
Harvey had been putting up some eye-popping numbers in the minors but the crowded (and expensive) Yankees bullpen didn’t have any room for the oft-injured former prospect. The Rockies – who always have space for a live arm – gave Harvey a chance with a September call-up and he’s performed fairly well in his limited time with the team.
In 8.0 innings, opponents have a .241/.389/.448 batting line while Harvey has accumulated a 5.63 ERA. It remains to be seen if this is enough to earn Harvey a bullpen spot next year, though he seems to have little left to prove in the minors.
Howard had a solid year in AAA, earning a short call up in late July, followed by a longer stint in August and September. This has been the former starter’s first year as a full-time reliever, and he’s shown some promise in that role.
Despite his relatively high 6.63 ERA, Howard has managed 10.89 K/9, a continuation of his 11.01 K/9 in AAA. Howard will have to improve on his 4.74 BB/9 if he wants to stick around in the big leagues, but he’ll probably end up seeing at least some time in Denver next season.
Parsons began 2019 with the Atlanta Braves, however he was demoted and eventually waived, despite a decent 3.52 ERA. At that time, only Scott Oberg had a lower ERA for the Rox, so Colorado quickly snatched up the 25-year-old righty.
Suffice it to say that Parsons has not gotten the same results with Denver, compiling a 6.98 ERA and a 14/16 K/BB ratio in 19.1 innings of work. Parsons will probably get a shot at filling out the pen in 2020, and here’s hoping his results look more like they did in the first half of the season.