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  • Culberson sent down to Sky Sox; Chatwood starts against Giants today

    Sun, April 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Culberson MUGThe Colorado Rockies announced that the club has activated right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood from the 15-day disabled list. To create room on the active roster for Chatwood, the club has optioned infielder Charlie Culberson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.  Chatwood (No. 27) is scheduled to make his season debut in today’s game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park (2:05 p.m. MT).

    Chatwood, 24, made his second Opening Day roster before being placed on the disabled list on April 2 with a left hamstring strain (retroactive to March 29). Chatwood made one rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 8 at Round Rock and pitched 6.1 innings and allowed one run on five hits, while walking just one and striking out eight. Last year, he started 20 games for the Rockies and went 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA (111.1 ip, 39 er), 41 walks and 66 strikeouts. His eight wins were a season high and his 66 strikeouts were eight shy of matching his season high (74 in 2011). The Redlands, Calif. native made five appearances/four starts in Cactus League play and did not receive a decision (15.0 ip, 15 h, 9 r/7 er, 9 bb, 9 so).

    Culberson, 25, made his first Opening Day roster this year and appeared in nine games for the Rockies, going 2-for-18 with a double and 2 RBI. Last season, he split the year between Triple-A Colorado Springs and Colorado. With the Rockies, he played 47 games and hit .293 (29-for-99) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs. The 6-foot right-hander has hit .245 (34-for-139) with 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 15 RBI and 12 runs in 62 Major League games.

     The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

  • Sun still shining for Round Rock at Sky Sox

    Sat, April 12, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoMake sure to catch some baseball before the winter-like weather hits later tonight/Sunday morning.

    LHP Pedro Hernandez (91-0, 1.80 ERA) takes on Express righty Justin Germano (0-1, 0.00) at 1:35 today.

    Here are some pregame notes form Sky Sox historian Chris Moyer in his own words:

    Friday’s game time of 4 hour,s 37 minutes is the 4th longest HOME game in time (tied for 13th longest game overall)

    Longest game in innings and time between Express and Sky Sox (since 2005): Previous high in time:  3:33 – May 8th, 2010 (Home) (9-inning game)

    Only other extra-inning game between the two teams:  May 19th, 2013 (in Round Rock) (10 innings) (Only 3:19)

    It was the second home opener to go into extra innings.  The other instance: April 14th, 2006 against Tucson.  Tucson won that game 9-8 in 11 innings (in front of 6,215).

    The crowd of 7,562 is the second largest April regular season home game in Sky Sox regular season history, and third largest home opener.  On April 22nd, 1990, the home opener against the Tucson Toros drew 8,913, while the 3rd home opener during the 1988 season, the grand opening of Sky Sox Stadium on June 18th, 1988, drew 8,763. [The Sky Sox started the inaugural 1988 season with the first home series in Yuma, AZ, then at Spurgeon Stadium while Sky Sox Stadium was still under construction.]  (Two other Sky Sox exhibitions against the Colorado Rockies in April also drew in excess of 8,000: April 21st, 1994 exhibition drew 8,947, and April 29th, 1996 exhibition drew 8,629.)

    While the 7-run deficit is big for the Sky Sox, the largest come-from-behind deficit at home was 10 runs on April 30th, 1996 against Tacoma.  (Tacoma led 10-0 after 2½ innings, and the Sky Sox rallied to win that game 11-10.) (4 in 5th, 3 in 6th, 3 in 7th, 1 in 8th)

    It was the second grand slam homer hit by a Round Rock player against Sky Sox pitching, first time at Security Service Field.  The other instance took place in Round Rock on August 1st, 2007 as Cody Ransom hit in the 5th inning against Mike Esposito.

    The last time a Sky Sox pitcher allowed a grand slam homer and the Sky Sox still won the game:  

    August 1st, 2006 (at Memphis):  Memphis’ Derek Wathan hit a 9th inning grand slam off Zach McClellan, but the Sky Sox held on to beat the Redbirds 10-8 at Autozone Park. 

    The last time a Sky Sox pitcher allowed a grand slam homer at HOME and the Sky Sox still won the game:  August 19th, 2001 (home vs. Salt Lake):  Salt Lake’s Trent Durrington hit a grand slam off Andy Larkin in the 5th inning.  The Sky Sox beat Salt Lake, 18-10.

    The last time a Sky Sox player hit a walk-off homer in extra innings:  May 25th, 2013 by Ben Paulsen, a 2-run HR off Fresno’s Jamie Dunnington in the 12th, as the Sky Sox beat Fresno, 7-5.

    The last time a Sky Sox player hit a walk-off 3-run homer in extra innings: August 22nd, 2011 by Ryan Spilborghs, a 3-run HR off Salt Lake’s Horacio Ramirez in the 10th, as the Sky Sox beat Salt Lake, 9-7.  (Spilborghs became the first Sky Sox player to have a lead-off homer and walk-off homer in the same game.)

    There have been two other instances in Sky Sox history, where a game ended with the exact scenario of 11-10 in 11 innings, and both situations feature late comebacks:

    – June 5th, 1998 vs. Memphis (Home)  [Sky Sox led 6-1 after 5 innings, Memphis rallied with one run in the 6th and four runs in the 7th. Tied 6-6 after regulation. Memphis scored 4 runs in the top of the 11th inning, Sky Sox rallied with 5 runs in the bottom of the 11th inning, highlighted by Edgard Clemente's game-winning 3-run double, 11-10 Sky Sox.]

    – July 26th, 2012 vs. Reno (Road, at Aces Ballpark)  [Reno led 10-4 after 6 innings, the Sky Sox rallied with 3 runs in the 7th and 3 runs in the 9th (from a Matt McBride 2-run double, and Hernan Iribarren game-tying single).  Tied 10-10 after regulation.  Reno wins in the 11th on a Coty Woods wild pitch allowing Tyler Bortnick score the winning run, 11-10 Reno.]



  • Rockies call up INF Rutledge, send down RHP Lopez

    Wed, April 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs. In addition, the club has optioned right-hander Wilton Lopez to Triple-A.

    Rutledge ( No. 14) will be dressed and available for today’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Coors Field at 1:10 p.m. MT.

    Rutledge, 24, began the year with Triple-A Colorado Springs where he has hit .389 (7-for-18) with a double, a home run, 4 RBI and 2 runs in 5 games. Last season, he began the year on the Rockies Opening Day roster as the starting second baseman and spent the majority of the year in the Majors. He played in 58 games with 56 starts at second and owned a .982 fielding percentage, while also playing 14 games at shortstop. In 161 career games with the Rockies, the Birmingham native has hit .254 (143-for-562) with 26 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs, 56 RBI and 82 runs.

    Lopez, 30, has pitched in 4 games for the Rockies this season after making the Opening Day roster for the second consecutive year. In those 4 games, he has pitched 6.1 innings and has allowed 8 runs on 18 hits with 4 strikeouts. In 292 career games, Lopez is 16-17 with 11 saves and a 3.54 ERA (305.1 ip, 120 er), 337 hits, 57 walks and 221 strikeouts.

    The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.

  • Friedrich garners record 3rd Opening Day start; updated Sky Sox roster

    Thu, April 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FriedrichactionThe Sky Sox open their season at New Orleans at 6 p.m. MT Thursday with LHP Christian Friedrich as the Opening Day starter for a franchise-record 3rd straight year.  RHP Brian Flynn will get the starting nod for the Zephyrs.

    All games are broadcast on 1300 AM.  The official Opening Day roster for the Sky Sox follows:

    Sky Sox Opening Day roster

    Name, age      2013 clubs

    Pitchers (12)

    Christian Bergman, 25  Tulsa

    Brooks Brown, 28        Indianapolis

    Greg Burke, 32            Las Vegas, N.Y. Mets

    Manny Corpas, 31       Sky Sox, Rockies

    Yohan Flande, 27         Mississippi, Gwinnett

    * Christian Friedrich, 26           Sky Sox

    Pedro Hernandez, 24    Rochester, GCL Twins, New Brittain, Minnesota Twins

    Dan Houston, 27          Tulsa, Sky Sox

    Boone Logan          N.Y Yankees, MLB rehab assignment (added 3 p.m. Thursday)

    Chris Martin, 27           Portland, Pawtucket

    * Tyler Matzek, 23       Tulsa

    * Rob Scahill, 27          Sky Sox, Rockies

    Cole White, 26 NW Arkansas, Tulsa

    Catchers (three)

    Matt McBride, 28        Sky Sox

    Michael McKenry, 28  Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jackson Williams, 26    Fresno

    Infielders (six)

    Drew Garcia, 27           Charlotte, Sky Sox

    Paul Janish, 31  Gwinnett, Atlanta Braves

    Ben Paulsen, 26            Sky Sox

    * Josh Rutledge, 24      Sky Sox, Rockies

    * Ryan Wheeler, 25      Sky Sox, Rockies

    Rafael Ynoa, 26           Chattanooga

    Outfielders (four)

    Evan Frey, 27               Montgomery, Durham, Reno

    * Kyle Parker, 24         Tulsa

    Jason Pridie, 30            Norfolk, Baltimore Orioles

    Tim Wheeler, 26           Sky Sox

    * denotes on Rockies 40-man roster

  • Rockies send two to DL, one to Triple-A

    Fri, March 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Colorado Rockies announced that the club optioned right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Colorado Springs and placed right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder strain) and left-handed pitcher Boone Logan (left elbow inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list. The placement of both Chacin and Logan on the 15-day DL is retroactive to March 21.

    The Rockies now have 30 players on the major league Spring Training roster, including 5 non-roster invitees.  The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

  • Spring training: Sky Sox roster taking shape

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoThe Rockies optioned catcher Mike McKenry, infielders Josh Rutledge and Ryan Wheeler and reassigned outfielders Jason Pridie and Tim Wheeler to the minors Thursday morning.

    The Rockies have 33 players on the organization’s major league Spring Training roster, including five non-roster invitees.

    Jordan Pacheco is the likely Rockies’ backup catcher at this point while Charlie Culberson madethe big club as an infielder, according to the Denver Post.

    According to radio man Dan Karcher in a 1300 AM Sports Animal interview, the Sky Sox pitching rotation is beginning to take shape. He named Christian Friederich, Tyler Matzek, a 24-year-old Pedro Hernandez and former Double-A Tulsa hurler Christian Bergman as the Nos. 1-4 starters.

  • Rockies send six down to minors

    Sun, March 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoSCOTTSDALE – The Colorado Rockies announced that six players were sent to minor league camp. Players with an asterisk next to their name on the 40-man roster, and thus were optioned. All other players were non-roster invitees to Spring Training and were reassigned.

    Right-handed pitchers (3): Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Rob Scahill*

    Catchers (1): Matt McBride

    Infielders (2): Ben Paulsen, Rafael Ynoa

    The Rockies have 38 players on the major league Spring Training roster, including eight non-roster invitees.

  • 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 send seven down to minors camp

    Sun, March 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies announced today that seven players were sent to minor league camp. Those players are listed below. All of the players were non-roster invites to Spring Training and were reassigned.

    Right-handed pitchers (3): Eddie Butler, Jon Gray, Josh Sullivan

    Left-handed pitchers (2): Yohan Flande, Pedro Hernandez

    Catchers (2): Dustin Garneau, Tom Murphy 

    The Rockies have 44 players on the Major League Spring Training roster, including 13 non-roster players.

  • Rockies release non-roster spring invitees list

    Tue, February 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies announced the club’s non-roster players for this year’s Major League Spring Training camp.  Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Saturday, Feb. 15. The first full squad workout is Monday, Feb. 23.

    No doubt, many of these 24 players will land with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox with several already spending some time at Security Service Field.

    Here is the current list of 24 players, broken down by position: 

    Pitchers (12) — Christian Bergman, Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Eddie Butler, Manuel Corpas,Yohan Flande (L), Jonathan Gray, Pedro Hernandez (L), Chris Martin, Nick Masset, Scott Oberg, Josh Sullivan.

    Infielders (4) – Paul Janish, Angelys Nina, Ben Paulsen, Rafael Ynoa.

    Outfielders (2) – Jason Pridie, Tim Wheeler.

    Catchers (6) – Ryan Casteel, Dustin Garneau, Matt McBride, Michael McKenry, Tom Murphy, Jackson Williams.

    t551_main_logoFour of the 12 pitchers that received non-roster invites have Major League service time, including Manuel Corpas (5.144), who made 31 appearances for the Rockies during the 2013 season. Greg Burke (1.074), Pedro Hernandez (0.077) and Nick Masset (6.146) all have Big League service time as well. Burke made 32 appearances for the New York Mets in 2013, while Hernandez appeared in 14 games/12 starts for the Twins last season. Masset has missed the last two seasons due to injury but last pitched in 2011 for Cincinnati, when he owned a 3.71 ERA in 75 appearances.

    Five of the pitchers were originally drafted by Colorado, including Christian Bergman (24th round of 2010), Eddie Butler (Supplemental first round, 46th overall, in 2012), Jonathan Gray (First round, 3rd overall, in 2013), Scott Oberg (15th round of 2012) and Josh Sullivan (5th round of 2005). Chris Martin was acquired along with left-handed pitcher Franklin Morales from Boston in exchange for infielder Jonathan Herrera on December 18, 2013. Brown, Burke, Corpas, Flande, Hernandez and Masset were all signed to Minor League free agent contracts this offseason.

    The only infielder with previous Major League experience is Paul Janish (4.115), who played in 55 games with Atlanta in 2013. Ben Paulsen was originally drafted by Colorado (3rd round of 2009) and Angelys Nina was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent (on February 9, 2007) by Colorado. Rafael Ynoa signed as a Minor League free agent this offseason.

    wheeler mug sky soxOf the two outfielders, Jason Pridie (1.052) has played in parts of five Major League seasons, including four games with Baltimore in 2013. Tim Wheeler, pictured, was originally selected by Colorado in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2009 draft.

    Michael McKenry (2.136) and Matt McBride (0.042) are the only catchers with previous Major League experience. McKenry is returning to the organization that originally drafted him in 2006 (7th round). McBride played in 31 games for the Rockies in 2012. Ryan Casteel (17th round in 2010), Dustin Garneau (19th round in 2009) and Tom Murphy (3rd round in 2012) were originally drafted by Colorado. Jackson Williams and McKenry signed as Minor League free agents this offseason.