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  • Oklahoma City at Sky Sox series preview

    Tue, April 15, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FriedrichactionOklahoma City RedHawks at Sky Sox

    Schedule: 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Security Service Field

    Tuesday’s scheduled starters: OKC RHP Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 11.57 ERA) vs. Colorado Springs LHP Christian Friedrich (0-1, 7.00).

    Pacific Coast League ramifications: Colorado Springs can pick up some ground on the PCL American North division leaders.

    Top Astros prospects

    CF George Springer –  The outfielder is Houston’s No. 2 prospect according to baseballamerica.com, which named him as a minor league all-star. He was one of the five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year award. He became the third Minor Leaguer in 40 years to hit 30 home runs and steal 40 bases, and he finished three homers shy of the first 40-40 season in the minors in at least 50 years.

    RHP Mike Foltynewicz – Tuesday’s scheduled starter is the No.-4 ranked prospect. His fastball (mid to upper 90s) has surpassed 100 mph and makes him a closer prospect down the road.

    1B Jon Singleton – Houston’s seventh-ranked prospect was acquired in a trade for outfielder Hunter Pence and cash on July 29, 2011 with Philadelphia. MLB.com rates Singleton as the top first baseman prospect in the minors.

    RF Domingo Santana — Houston’s eighth-rated prospect, now 21, made his pro debut at age 16 in the Gulf Coast League and was part of the Pence trade.

    This name might ring a bell

    RHP Collin McHugh – Friday’s scheduled starter (0-0, 6.43) is a former Sky Sox player (2-2, 4.63) who came to the Rockies organization in a 2013 midseason trade with Mets.

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  • Former Sky Sox OF claimed by A’s

    Fri, March 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Colorado Rockies announced that outfielder Kent Matthes was claimed off waivers by the Oakland A’s.

    Matthes, 27, was originally selected by Colorado in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Alabama. He missed most of the 2013 season with a spinal injury.

    The 6-foot-2 right-handed hitter split the 2013 season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, playing in 115 games overall. Combined he hit .281 (121-for-431) with 30 doubles, 3 triples, 20 home runs, 63 RBI and 17 steals. He hit .297 (52-for-175) with 6 doubles, 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 47 games for the Sky Sox and .270 (69-for-256) with 24 doubles, 9 home runs and 32 RBI in 68 games for the Drillers. Matthes ranked as the Rockies 16th-best prospect prior to the 2013 season by Baseball America. 

    The Rockies have 39 players on the 40-man roster.

  • Rockies trade Fowler for two Astros

    Tue, December 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    dexter-fowlerThe Colorado Rockies announced they acquired right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named. 

    Lyles, 23, has pitched for the Astros in each of the last three seasons, with a 14-29 record with a 5.35 ERA (377.0 ip, 224 er), 117 walks and 259 strikeouts in 72 games, 65 starts.

    In 2013, the righthander went 7-9 with a 5.59 ERA (141.2 ip, 88 er), 49 walks and 93 strikeouts in 27 games, 25 starts.

    Lyles, who made his Major League debut as a 20-year-old on May 31, 2011 at the Chicago Cubs, owns a career 62.0-percent ground ball percentage. A native of Florence, SC, Lyles was originally selected by Houston in the supplemental first round (38th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Hartsville High School in Hartsville, SC. The 6-foot-4, 215-poung righthander was named the Astros top prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2011 season.

    Barnes, 27, spent the entire 2013 season in Houston as one of the club’s regular outfielders. He hit .240 (98-for-408) with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 41 RBI, 46 runs and 11 steals in 136 games. The 6-foot-2 right-handed batter is a career .233 (118-for-506) hitter in 179 career Major League games with the Astros (2012-13). A versatile outfielder, Barnes has played each of the three outfield positions in each of his first two campaigns, although he has spent the majority of his time in center field (148 games). Barnes was originally selected by Houston in the sixth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Cypress Junior College (Calif.).

    Fowler, 27, played in 119 games for the Rockies last season and batted .263 (109-for-415) with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 12 home runs, 42 RBI and 71 runs. Over his six-year Major League career, all with Colorado, Fowler has hit .270 (606-for-2248) with 120 doubles, 53 triples, 40 home runs, 210 RBI and 376 runs in 667 games. Fowler was originally selected by Colorado in the 14th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Milton High School (Ga.).

    The Rockies now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.

  • Baseball America honors outfielder Corey Dickerson

    Thu, September 12, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    dickerson mugThe 2013 Minor League All-Star Team, as selected by Baseball America staff, lists Colorado Rockies/Sky Sox standout Corey Dickerson as a second team outfielder. His success with the Rockies has the organization considering him as a full-time player next season.

    The only Pacific Coast League players to make the first team were pitcher Rafael Montero of Las Vegas (Mets) and outfielder George Springer of Oklahoma City (Astros).

    The list includes all levels in minor league baseball.