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  • 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.

  • Cactus League update: 2013 pick Gray performs well

    Mon, March 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoRight-hander Jon Gray, the Rockies’ first-round Draft pick and third overall choice in 2013, made his debut Monday with two scoreless innings while giving up two singles and a walk with two strikeouts in the seventh and eighth against mostly Class AA and Single-A prospects. He is expected to start the season in AA Tulsa.

    Here is the mlb.com recap.

    New Brett Anderson is a superstitious sort even by MLB standards. Boone Logan is hoping his throwing elbow continues to improve.

  • ROOT releases Rockies TV schedule

    Thu, February 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoROOT Sports announced its 2014 Colorado Rockies telecast schedule. The network will air 150 Rockies regular season and six spring training games. Coverage begins with a Cactus League matchup between the Rockies and Cubs from Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 19. 

    Regular-season coverage begins with the season opener on Monday, March 31, when the Rockies travel to Miami to face the Marlins at 5 p.m. MT. A special one-hour Pregame Show will begin at 4 p.m. MT. The team will open at Coors Field on Friday, April 4, with the Pregame Show starting at 1 p.m. MT.

    Please see below for the complete Rockies spring training and regular season television schedule.

    Colorado Rockies Spring Training Schedule

    (All Games Listed as MST and Subject to Change)

    Day                    Date                       Opponent                                 Time                

    Wednesday      March 19             vs. Cubs                             7:30 p.m.

    Thursday         March 20             vs. Brewers                         2 p.m.

    Saturday          March 22             vs. Mariners                        2 p.m.

    Sunday            March 23             vs. White Sox                      2 p.m.

    Friday             March 28             at Mariners                          8 p.m.

    Saturday          March 29             vs. Mariners                        1 p.m.

    Colorado Rockies Regular Season Schedule

    (All Games Listed as MST and Subject to Change)

    Date                  Day              Opponent            Time                

    Monday           March 31             at Miami                              5 p.m.

    Tuesday           April 1                 at Miami                              5 p.m.

    Wednesday      April 2                 at Miami                              5 p.m.

    Friday                April 4                    Arizona                                     2 p.m.

    Saturday          April 5                    Arizona                                     6 p.m.

    Sunday              April 6                    Arizona                                     2 p.m.

    Monday             April 7                    Chicago White Sox                 6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            April 8                    Chicago White Sox                 6:30 p.m.

    Friday             April 11               at San Francisco                   8:00 p.m.

    Saturday          April 12               at San Francisco                   2 p.m.

    Sunday            April 13               at San Francisco                   2 p.m.

    Monday           April 14               at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Tuesday           April 15               at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Wednesday      April 16               at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Thursday         April 17               at San Diego                        4:30 p.m.

    Friday                April 18                  Philadelphia                             6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          April 19                  Philadelphia                             6 p.m.

    Sunday              April 20                  Philadelphia                             2 p.m.

    Monday             April 21                  San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            April 22                  San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      April 23                  San Francisco                          1 p.m.

    Friday             April 25               at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Saturday          April 26               at LA Dodgers                      7 p.m.

    Sunday            April 27               at LA Dodgers                      2 p.m.

    Monday           April 28               at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

    Tuesday           April 29               at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      April 30               at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

     

    Thursday          May 1                     NY Mets                                    6:30 p.m.

    Friday                May 2                     NY Mets                                    6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          May 3                     NY Mets                                    6 p.m.

    Sunday              May 4                     NY Mets                                    2 p.m.

    Monday             May 5                     Texas                                        6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            May 6                     Texas                                        6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      May 7                 at Texas                             6 p.m.

    Thursday         May 8                 at Texas                             6 p.m.

    Friday             May 9                 at Cincinnati                         5 p.m.

    Saturday          May 10                at Cincinnati                         5 p.m.

    Sunday            May 11                at Cincinnati                         11 a.m.

    Tuesday           May 13                at Kansas City                      6 p.m.

    Wednesday      May 14                at Kansas City                      Noon

    Friday                May 16                   San Diego                                 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          May 17                   San Diego                                 6 p.m.

    Sunday              May 18                   San Diego                                 2 p.m.

    Tuesday            May 20                   San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      May 21                   San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Friday             May 23                at Atlanta                            5:30 p.m.

    Saturday          May 24                at Atlanta                            2 p.m.

    Sunday            May 25                at Atlanta                            3 p.m.

    Monday           May 26                at Philadelphia                      3 p.m.

    Tuesday           May 27                at Philadelphia                      5 p.m.

    Wednesday      May 28                at Philadelphia                      5 p.m.

    Friday             May 30                at Cleveland                         5 p.m.

    Saturday          May 31                at Cleveland                         TBD

     

    Sunday            June 1                 at Cleveland                         11 a.m.

    Tuesday            June 3                    Arizona                                     6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      June 4                    Arizona                                     6:30 p.m.

    Thursday          June 5                    Arizona                                     6:30 p.m.

    Friday                June 6                    LA Dodgers                              6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          June 7                    LA Dodgers                              2 p.m.

    Sunday              June 8                    LA Dodgers                              2 p.m.

    Monday             June 9                    Atlanta                                      6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            June 10                  Atlanta                                      6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      June 11                  Atlanta                                      6:30 p.m.

    Friday             June 13               at San Francisco                   8 p.m.

    Saturday          June 14               at San Francisco                   2 p.m.

    Sunday            June 15               at San Francisco                   2 p.m.

    Monday           June 16               at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Tuesday           June 17               at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Wednesday      June 18               at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Friday                June 20                  Milwaukee                                6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          June 21                  Milwaukee                                2 p.m.

    Sunday              June 22                  Milwaukee                                2 p.m.

    Monday             June 23                  St. Louis                                    6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            June 24                  St. Louis                                    6:30 p.m.

    Thursday         June 26               at Milwaukee                        6 p.m.

    Friday             June 27               at Milwaukee                        6 p.m.

    Saturday          June 28               at Milwaukee                        2 p.m.

    Sunday            June 29               at Milwaukee                        Noon

    Monday           June 30               at Washington                      5 p.m.

     

    Tuesday           July 1                  at Washington                      5 p.m.

    Wednesday      July 2                  at Washington                      4 p.m.

    Thursday          July 3                     LA Dodgers                              6 p.m.

    Friday                July 4                     LA Dodgers                              6 p.m.

    Saturday          July 5                     LA Dodgers                              2 p.m.

    Sunday              July 6                     LA Dodgers                              2 p.m.

    Monday             July 7                     San Diego                                 6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            July 8                     San Diego                                 6:30 p.m.

    Friday                July 11                   Minnesota                                6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          July 12                   Minnesota                                2 p.m.

    Sunday              July 13                   Minnesota                                2 p.m.

    ALL STAR BREAK

    Friday             July 18                at Pittsburgh                        5 p.m.

    Saturday          July 19                at Pittsburgh                        5 p.m.

    Sunday            July 20                at Pittsburgh                        11:30 a.m.

    Monday             July 21                   Washington                             6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            July 22                   Washington                             6:30 p.m.

    Friday                July 25                   Pittsburgh                                6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          July 26                   Pittsburgh                                6 p.m.

    Sunday              July 27                   Pittsburgh                                2 p.m.

    Monday           July 28                at Chicago Cubs                    6 p.m.

    Tuesday           July 29                at Chicago Cubs                    6 p.m.

    Wednesday      July 30                at Chicago Cubs                    6 p.m.

     

    Friday             August 1              at Detroit                            5 p.m.

    Saturday          August 2              at Detroit                            5 p.m.

    Sunday            August 3              at Detroit                            11 a.m.

    Tuesday            August 5                Chicago Cubs                           6:30 p.m.       

    Wednesday      August 6                Chicago Cubs                           6:30 p.m.

    Friday             August 8              at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

    Saturday          August 9              at Arizona                           6 p.m.

    Sunday            August 10            at Arizona                           2 p.m.

    Monday           August 11            at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Tuesday           August 12            at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Wednesday      August 13            at San Diego                        4:30 p.m.

    Thursday          August 14             Cincinnati                                 6:30 p.m.

    Friday                August 15             Cincinnati                                 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          August 16             Cincinnati                                 6 p.m.

    Sunday              August 17             Cincinnati                                 2 p.m.

    Tuesday            August 19             Kansas City                              6:30 p.m.

    Wednesday      August 20             Kansas City                              6:30 p.m.

    Friday                August 22             Miami                                        6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          August 23             Miami                                        6 p.m.

    Sunday              August 24             Miami                                        2 p.m.

    Monday           August 25            at San Francisco                   8 p.m.

    Tuesday           August 26            at San Francisco                   8 p.m.

    Wednesday      August 27            at San Francisco                   8 p.m.

    Friday             August 29            at Arizona                           7:30 p.m.

    Saturday          August 30            at Arizona                           6 p.m.

    Sunday            August 31            at Arizona                           2 p.m.

     

    Monday             September 1        San Francisco                          2 p.m.

    Tuesday            September 2        San Francisco                          6:30 p.m.

    Friday                September 5        San Diego                                 6:30 p.m.

    Saturday          September 6        San Diego                                 6 p.m.

    Sunday              September 7        San Diego                                 2 p.m.

    Monday           September 8        at NY Mets                          5 p.m.

    Tuesday           September 9        at NY Mets                          5 p.m.

    Wednesday      September 10      at NY Mets                          5 p.m.

    Friday             September 12      at St. Louis                          6 p.m.

    Saturday          September 13      at St. Louis                          5 p.m.

    Sunday            September 14      at St. Louis                          Noon

    Monday             September 15      LA Dodgers                              6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday            September 16      LA Dodgers                              6:30 p.m.

    Thursday          September 18      Arizona                                     6:30 p.m.

    Friday                September 19      Arizona                                     6 p.m.

    Saturday          September 20      Arizona                                     2 p.m.

    Sunday              September 21      Arizona                                     2 p.m.

    Monday           September 22      at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Tuesday           September 23      at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Wednesday      September 24      at San Diego                        8 p.m.

    Friday             September 26      at LA Dodgers                      8 p.m.

    Saturday          September 27      at LA Dodgers                      7 p.m.

    Sunday            September 28      at LA Dodgers                      2 p.m.

  • 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.

  • Rockies announce spring training schedule

    Tue, November 19, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies announced their 33-game 2014 Cactus League schedule today, which features 16 home dates and 18 games total, played at the Rockies Spring Training site in Scottsdale, Ariz., Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. This the fourth year the Rockies have shared the facility with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Colorado opens as the away team against Arizona at Salt River Fields on Feb. 28. The Rockies first home game is Sunday, March 2 vs. Milwaukee.

    The Rockies conclude spring training with exhibition games against Seattle on March 28h at Peoria (night game) and March 29h at Salt River Fields (day game). The Rockies will then travel to Miami to open the 2014 regular season on Monday, March 31.

    For additional information, call (303) ROCKIES. All Rockies home spring games begin at 1:10 p.m. local time, other than four games, which are: Arizona Diamondbacks (March 12, 7:10 p.m.), Seattle Mariners (March 14, 6:40 p.m.), Chicago Cubs (March 19, 6:40 p.m.) and Seattle Mariners (March 29, 12:10 p.m.). Away games will start at 1:05 p.m. local time, other than the three road night games, at Arizona Diamondbacks (March 3, 7:10 p.m.), at Oakland Athletics (March 13, 7:05 p.m.) and at Seattle Mariners (March 29, 12:10 p.m.).

    General admission lawn seating that holds 4,000 people is $9 and tickets for the 7,000 reserved seats in the seating bowl range from $19-$28.

    Season ticket plans for the Rockies’ 16 home games at Salt River Fields and all 31 Cactus League games at Salt River Fields featuring the D-backs and Rockies will go on sale to the public beginning Dec. 19.