The Colorado Rockies have played four Cactus League games thus far and they are tied for the best record (3-1) in the league along with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. That success has come partially due to the success of one Rockies prospect.
The Colorado Rockies started their Cactus League slate (after a rain cancelled game) with a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Subsequently, they have won three straight games to tie them for the best record in the Cactus League thus far. Those wins have partially come from the success of a lesser-known prospect: Bret Boswell.
Boswell, 25, spent the 2019 season in Double-A Hartford where he struggled mightily at the plate. In 106 games, he hit only .219/.290/.397 with 15 home runs and 39 RBI. He also played in the Arizona Fall League and only hit .098/.196/.122 in 46 plate appearances.
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That was an obvious departure from 2017 and 2018 (his first two professional seasons) when he had batting averages of .293 and .296 and an OPS of .854 and .874,
If Spring Training is an indicator, Boswell has seemed to turn the corner and returned to the hitting skills that he showed previously.
On Wednesday, he hit a three-run home run in the 8th inning, which was the reason why the Rockies defeated the Texas Rangers at home by a score of 4-3. Here is the video of the home run via Rockies radio broadcaster Mike Rice.
Thus far in Spring Training, Boswell has six hits in nine at-bats (.667 AVG, which is tied for the best in the Cactus League) with six RBI, which is second-best in the Cactus League.
After the game, Rockies manager Bud Black spoke to Rice and other media members about Boswell.
"“You know, our player development people really like [his] bat and we saw a little bit of that last spring…” said Black. “He’s got a good swing, he’s got good bat speed–you know he’s always on the fastball, which is a great trait.”"
While Boswell will not make the 2020 Rockies out of Spring Training, he could be on his way to regaining his stroke at the plate and that could make him a force in the higher levels of the minor leagues.