Colorado Rockies: 8 Albuquerque Isotopes players you may not know but should

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 24: Relief pitcher Chad Smith #70 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of the MLB spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 24, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 24: Relief pitcher Chad Smith #70 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of the MLB spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 24, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Tim Lopes, Colorado Rockies, Albuquerque Isotopes
Mar 18, 2022; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Tim Lopes catches an RBI-sacrifice fly ball from Arizona Diamondbacks Juancarlos Cintron in the third inning during a spring training game at Salt River Fields.Mlb Diamondbacks Spring Training Game /

Utilityman Tim Lopes could help on Colorado’s bench when he’s healthy

Tim Lopes is currently on the 7-day IL with the Isotopes but he could be someone that the Rockies look to use in the majors when he’s healthy again.

Lopes, 27, has spent parts of three seasons in the majors with Seattle and Milwaukee and he has played second, third, shortstop, and left field for the Isotopes this year. He has hit .295/.347/.462 with four homers, 21 RBI, 10 doubles, and eight stolen bases.

Outfielder Wynton Bernard has, arguably, been the best bat for the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2022

Wynton Bernard is a bit older than most minor leaguers considering that he has never made his MLB debut and he’s 31 years old. However, the Colorado Rockies signed him last year at the recommendation of manager Bud Black, who saw Bernard train in the offseason in their mutual hometown of San Diego.

Colorado is Bernard’s fourth organization but for the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2022, he has hit .323/.365/.567 with seven home runs and 32 RBI, the latter of which is second on the team. He also has 11 doubles and four triples, both of which are tied for the team lead. He also has 12 stolen bases, which leads the team.

Colorado has a lot of outfielders at the MLB level but if they trade one or two away at the trade deadline and/or cut some of the ones who aren’t playing well, Bernard could see some time with them.

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