Stockton, Calif. — The Fresno Grizzles, the low-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are in Stockton to face off against the Ports, the low-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, at Banner Island Ballpark.
Coming off an 18-0 win over the Ports on Thursday night, members of the Grizzles visited with me before Friday’s game about a season that has seen Fresno jump to a 42-21 record and take a two-game lead in the High-A West North Division, heading into Friday’s contest.
Among those chatting with me are, according to MLB.com’s prospect rankings, Rockies top prospect Zac Veen, top catching prospect Drew Romo (also ranked 10th overall among Colorado’s prospects), Grant Lavigne (ranked 12th overall), and Colin Simpson, who possesses that versatility that the Rockies love (he has seen time at catcher, left field, first base, and designated hitter).
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We also catch up with Fresno manager Robinson Cancel about what has taken to make this team into a league leader and how early in the spring he saw something special in what would happen in Fresno’s first season as a member of the Rockies farm system.
My fellow site expert, Noah Yingling, also joins me for a talk about the COVID-19 news coming out of the Rockies clubhouse and what that means for the team as the unofficial second half of the season kicks off. I also share some of the moments that stood out the most for me during the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby at Coors Field.
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