Colorado Rockies: Working out a trade to send Trevor Story to the Texas Rangers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies looks on before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on September 23, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies looks on before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on September 23, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Demarcus Evans of the Texas Rangers
SURPRISE, AZ – OCTOBER 17: Demarcus Evans #30 of the Surprise Saguaros and Texas Rangers pitches during the 2018 Arizona Fall League on October 17, 2018 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

If acquired, Demarcus Evans could be a factor in the Rockies bullpen.

Evans, 24, also made his debut with the Rangers in 2020 but he had even less time in the majors as he only had four appearances. He no longer ranks in the Rangers top 30 prospects but was ranked #21 last year.

He’s a big guy as he is listed at 6’5″ and 265 pounds. He only has a two-pitch mix as a reliever (fastball and curveball) and both are above-average pitches (70 and 65 entering last year) but his control needs some work (40 on a scale of 20-80). But he’s young enough that he could a) work on it in Albuquerque or b) work on it in the majors since he’s close to the majors anyways.

Phillips, 23, is another guy that, like Evans, was ranked in the Rangers top 30 prospects but dropped off in 2021. However, Phillips has not made his debut yet. He hasn’t pitched above Double-A but with the Rockies overall pitching depth currently, he could very easily start the season in Albuquerque. Phillips has mainly been a starter in the minors and he’s a groundball pitcher, which would work well with the Rockies.

He possesses a sinking fastball, curve, slider, and a change and the change is his best pitch (60 on a scouting scale). MLB.com says that he has “one of the highest floors among Texas pitching prospects” so while he fell off the prospect list, it’s mainly because he didn’t play in 2020 due to the pandemic. He is projected to make the majors in 2021 but 2022 may be more likely.

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