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  • Going out with a bang? Ryan Wheeler’s future uncertain

    Thu, July 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    wheeler mug sky soxInfielder Ryan Wheeler was designated for assignment to remove him from the Rockies’ 40-man MLB roster and then placed on the 10-day temporary inactive list.

    His future in a Sky Sox uniform may be uncertain, but if Tuesday’s solo home run was his last at-bat, he went out in style with an absolute blast over the right field fence. With the home run, Wheeler, who was traded from Arizona to compete with Nolan Arenado to start at third base for the Rockies, improved to four homers and 20 RBIs this season with that dinger.

    The 2012 and 2013 PCL all-star (Reno, Colorado Springs) and the Sky Sox fans will know in 10 days.

  • Sky Sox comings and goings

    Thu, July 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Sky Sox have played only two innings over the past two days, but that doesn’t mean the front office isn’t working. With two doubleheaders in as many days, expect pitcher Jordan Lyles to make a rehabilitation appearance tonight or Friday.

    Veteran righthanded pitcher Brett Tomko is out with a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch on Wednesday.

    Infielder Ryan Wheeler was designated for assignment and placed on the temporary inactive list to make room for first baseman Ben Paulsen and infielder Cristhian Adames.

    Here are the roster moves:

    July 30

    ADD      P             Brooks Brown (No. 23) optioned down by Colorado.

    DEL       P             Rob Scahill recalled by Colorado.

    July 31

    ADD      P             Chad Bettis (No. 45) optioned down by Colorado.

    ADD      INF        Ben Paulsen ( No. 16) optioned down  by Colorado.

    ADD      P             Jordan Lyles (No. 39) begins ML Rehab.

    ADD      INF        Cristhian Adames ( No. 10) optioned down by Colorado.

    DEL       P             Pedro Hernandez selected by Colorado.

    DEL       INF        Ryan Wheeler placed on Temporary Inactive List (designated for assignment)

    DEL       P             Brett Tomko placed on DL with broken left hand.

    The Sky Sox roster now has 24 active players, two on disabled list and one on rehabilitation.

  • Hernandez will start tonight; Scahill sent to Sky Sox

    Thu, July 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoThe Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez from Triple-A Colorado Springs. To make room on the active roster for Hernandez, the Rockies have optioned right-handed pitcher Rob Scahill the Sky Sox.

    To make room on the 40-man MLB roster, the Rockies designated infielder Ryan Wheeler for assignment. Hernandez will start today’s Rockies vs. Cubs game at Wrigley Field (12:20 p.m. MDT).

  • Vote Sox the Fox for PCL Mascot of the Year

    Tue, July 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Sox the FoxThe annual Mascot Mania contest in minor league baseball is underway and Sox the Fox, the lovable acrobat of Security Service Field, is competing for Pacific Coast League Mascot of the Year.

    If Sox the Fox wins, he advances to the championship round (Aug. 4-11) against all the league champions.

    Here is his bio as told to Mike Hobson:  Sox the Fox was born in a den behind the outfield wall of Security Service Field. The ballpark always had a special place in his heart because he was named after the Sky Sox Baseball Team. Always hoping to get closer to the action, Sox would sometimes jump the fence and watch the game from the left-field grass hill. One day the Sky Sox GM noticed Sox the Fox leading the crowd in cheers and knew he had the perfect job for him!

    Click here to vote daily until Aug. 4 for the league round and the championship round later.

  • Righty Bettis heads back to Rockies

    Wed, April 30, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. In addition, the club recalled right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Bettis (No. 35) will be available for the Rockies against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field  at 7:40 p.m. tonight.

    Chatwood, 24, made his second Opening Day roster and has made four starts for the Rockies this year, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (24.0 ip, 12 er). This will be Chatwood’s second stint on the disabled list this year. 

    Bettis, 24, began the season on the Rockies Opening Day roster for the first time in his career before he was optioned to Triple-A on April 25 where he made one scoreless appearance (2.0 innings). In 11 games with the Rockies this season, he is 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA (11.1 innings, 9 ER), 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.

  • Sky Sox plan kids fishing pole giveaway

    Mon, April 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Sox the FoxThe Colorado Springs Sky Sox will give a free fishing pole to the first 500 children through the gate for its 1:35 p.m. Sunday, May 4 home game against the Memphis Firebirds at Security Service Field.

    The Triple-A baseball club, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Great Outdoors Colorado will give away the equipment. About 50 children will be selected to go out onto the field and practice reeling in their first catch.

    This is the 12th year of the fishing pole event with 6,000 given away so far.  Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the team web site.

  • Injury brings new face to Sky Sox

    Fri, April 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoInfielder Rafael Ynoa, who hit the RBI single that scored Kyle Parker in the 10th inning on Thursday night, was put on the disabled list with a left calf contusion.

    Extended Spring Training player Angelys Nina, 25, of the Dominican Republic was called up and started at second base on Friday night. The 2007 Rockies free agent signee spent last season with Double-A Tulsa (.280 average, 51 RBIs, 19 stolen bases).


    Both Sky Sox home wins have come in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning. … 2013 PCL all-star third baseman Ryan Wheeler sat out for the second straight game after starting the first 13 contests. … The Sky Sox return home for a four-game homestand against new division rival Iowa Cubs April 24-27.

  • Sky Sox juggle line-up for Thursday’s game

    Thu, April 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Third baseman Ryan Wheeler took his first day off this season after starting all 13 games so far. He was the only Sky Sox to play the same position all season.

    The lineup juggling ended up giving designated hitter Matt McBride his first start this season in right field.  McBride, who is listed as a catcher on the Colorado Springs roster, also has two starts in left field, one at first base and  and none behind the plate.

    Right fielder Kyle Parker (12 games) gets his first game at first base with usual first baseman Ben Paulsen (12 games) moving into the designated hitter spot usually held by McBride.


  • New turf passes first test, faces another tonight

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoSunday’s snow and rain was the first real weather challenge for the new turf at Security Service Field. The new grass passed with flying colors thanks in part to having the snow melt with the arrival of the Monday morning sun.

    That early melt and a stiff breeze, which later produced a wind chill that postponed Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader that night, also dried the surface quickly. That was in stark contrast to last year’s 10-year-old surface. Here is the original Gazette article about the field work this offseason.

    “It was definitely good to see,” Sky Sox assistant general manager Mike Hobson said.

    The turf will face another challenge with a 90 percent chance of rain on Wednesday night that could allow some surface water to develop. Fortunately, Wednesday’s 11 a.m. matinee should be completed before the rains, which should give the field time to dry out before a 6:35 p.m. game on Thursday.

    The playing surface continues to improve as the new sod grew and took better hold over the past 45 days growing and taking better hold. There is still a small spray of dirst when a baseball hits the turf since sand is used to fill the seams in the sod until the roots grow sideways and fill those gaps in.

    “That’s to be expected any time you have new sod,” Hobson added. “The players seem happy with the field. They are on it all the time and they let us know if there is a divot or any problem that comes up with a new surface.”

    Center fielder Jason Pridie said the field has held up well.

    “It’s been good,” he said. “You have some of the new turf problems but nothing you wouldn’t expect.”

  • 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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