A converted starter, he was moved to the bullpen and credits help from some of the experienced Rox relievers for the quality numbers he has posted on the mound this season.
"“I feel like last year I learned a lot from the older guys and just saw how they went about their business,“ Almonte told Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry on Wednesday after Almonte notched his first save a night earlier. “I kind of picked up some things from them and that has helped me out to be successful for this year.”"
Entering 2020, Almonte certainly was a wild card for the Rockies having accrued just 0.168 years of MLB service time with Colorado since debuting with the team in 2018 when he posted a 1.84 ERA in limited action.
In his two previous seasons with the Rockies, he had made just 42 appearances with 28 of those outings coming a year ago when he went 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA.
Meanwhile, Kinley has not been scored upon nor has he surrendered a hit in five relief appearances this season, spanning 4.1 innings. He has amassed six strikeouts and a pair of walks in those outings.
The 29-year-old from Plantation, Florida., was claimed off waivers by the Rockies in December 2019 and joined the Rockies after previous MLB stints with Minnesota (2018) and Miami (2019). He has accrued just 1.014 years of MLB service time entering 2020.
Kinley amassed 65 appearances between the Twins and Marlins before coming to Colorado. With Miami a year ago, he saw relief action in 52 games, posting a 3-1 record and 3.45 ERA, including just a 2.19 ERA in his final 27 appearances.