Colorado Rockies news: Elehuris Montero saw 14 at bats in 14 days


Since his recall on June 21, Elehuris Montero has appeared in five of the Rockies’ 13 games.

Playing in just 38% of a team’s competitions is new territory for the coveted prospect on the pitch. Call it a standard rite of passage or progression, but the rhythm has become standard among miners.

Triple-A teams play weekly six-game series; Montero has played at least five games in every series he has spent with the Albuquerque Isotopes this year, except for a late April set with Sacramento when he was first called up to the major leagues. . After playing in over 80% of the games available in Triple-A, does that make MLB’s bench role a After bigger obstacle than waiting for the call itself?

With CJ Cron and Ryan McMahon covering most of Colorado’s corner innings, Montero has little room to break through. Since Montero’s last recall (June 21), McMahon has posted a slash of .244/.326/.415. Cron posted a dominant .294/.368/.529.

Montero’s slash has been a .214/.267/.286 over the same period – but if Cron or McMahon saw the infrequent playing time, is it crazy to assume their batting slashes might be similar ?

Cron and McMahon deserved it, yes. Montero is looking to do the same, but breaking in isn’t easy with the contracts and performances that await him.

Being used as a big league bench option is perhaps expected when a player first arrives at the Show: not everyone is a Spencer Torkelson or Julio Rodríguez with an almost assured starting spot at the arrival. This discussion of bench roles isn’t exclusive to Montero, but it certainly doesn’t negate the challenges of each individual case.

A different and individual case

In the absence of Tyler Kinley, probably absent for the year (elbow), the Rockies needed a reliever like Lucas Gilbreath to fill a vacancy that likely will not be filled by the trade deadline. A huge opportunity presented itself, Gilbreath delivered, and arms like Justin Lawrence were left outside to look inside.

Gilbreath hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 12 appearances (12 IP). He’s struck 15 in that span with a 1.25 WHIP, and while his 3.38 ERA in 2021 isn’t a joke either, it looks like the summer of 2022 is pushing him into a more position. comfortable.

However, a sufficient bullpen requires much more depth than a sufficient corner infield. The opportunities for Gilbreath were far more readily provided than those for Montero.

Is it better to keep a position player in Triple-A until he can expect a similar workload in the big leagues, or is a bench role the necessary step to becoming a day-to-day big league player? (Would skipping the bench role force the Rockies to make Montero a full-time designated hitter?)

Gilbreath also saw 42 2⁄3 innings of the first year. It was far from the 70s 1⁄3 innings Kinley has seen in 2021 (the most in the Rockies bullpen), but it was still more than the batting equivalent Montero is poised to see this year. At the pace of Montero action from June 21 to July 3, the inside corner prospect would expect to see 174 at-bats in a 162-game season.

By comparison, Cron has already eclipsed 300 at-bats this season and the All-Star Break is yet to come.

A team can risk irreconcilable damage by giving a player too much responsibility too soon (which is part of why veteran José Ureña is set to start with the Rockies this week), but is there a point where damage can happen? also happen by keeping someone on the bench too long?

find comfort

A limited sample of 14 at bat isn’t fair to gauge Montero, but his future productivity through patience is something that can show significant maturity.

At the very least, Montero is currently on a big league salary – and that part of the comfort is at least worth something in his quest for playing time.

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Colorado native Lucas Gilbreath makes big strides in Rockies bullpen | Denver Post ($)

Patrick Saunders gives us a comprehensive look at the quality of Gilbreath’s pitch. For prospects of similar caliber (and similar performance), the first year for a local Rockie seems to be mixed with multiple orders and options. Breakthroughs could be reserved for the second year, which could be the case for Montero.

Rockies’ José Ureña: In line for Wednesday’s start | CBS Sports

With the recent option of Ashton Goudeau, the Rockies instead paved the way for José Ureña to start Wednesday in place of the injured Antonio Senzatela.

Ureña, an eight-year MLB veteran, is perhaps best known for his six seasons with the Marlins dating back to 2015. He also made four appearances this year with the Brewersbut was designated for assignment on May 2. Ureña has posted a 7.71 ERA in 21 innings with Triple-A Albuquerque since then.

Dodgers’ Craig Kimbrel: Expects to return in ‘a day or two’ | CBS Sports

Notes for the current COL/LAD series: Dodgers closest Craig Kimbrel was drilled in the back by a comeback on Sunday but a trip to the injured list doesn’t seem necessary. He could, however, be out for the duration of this current set with the Rockies.

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At the farm

Triple-A: Round Rock Express 5, Albuquerque Isotopes 3

Old friend Jesús Tinoco made a save for the opposing Round Rock Express on Monday afternoon. Albuquerque’s Carlos Pérez went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run, while DJ Peterson also had a multi-hit afternoon, going 2-for-3 with a brace and a run scored.

Albuquerque also met starting pitcher Cole Winn, an arm Rockies fans may remember as the AL’s starting pitcher in the 2021 Futures game at Coors Field. Winn pitched five innings and allowed three runs on six hits.

Double A: Hartford Yard Goats 10, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5

A 10-run outburst by the Yard Goats was fueled by three-hit games from Hunter Stovall and Brenton Doyle, combining three runs scored and three RBIs. Six innings of two-run work by starter Mitchell Kilkenny held off the Fisher Cats, but a three-run eighth brought reliever Riley Pint’s ERA to 5.61.

High-A: Spokane Indians 8, Tri-City Dust Devils 7

Walk off! Julio Carreras hit a three-point shot to break a 5-7 deficit, capping a 3-for-5 performance with five RBIs. Spokane starter Andrew Quezada (4 IP, 6 H, 3 R) saw his ERA jump to 4.26, but Spokane’s offense showed some struggle with multiple hits from five different players. Eddy Diaz homered in the first.

Low-A: San Jose Giants 4, Fresno Grizzlies 1

Receiver Braxton Fulford himself had a great multi-hit night on Monday (2-3, RBI), but San Jose’s offense was much more potent. The Giants left 15 runners (to Fresno’s eight), so that score could have been a lot heavier. Grizzlies starter Jarrod Cande (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R/2 ER) struck out seven but pushed his season ERA to 2.93.

Arizona Complex League: ACL Rockies 3, ACL Dodgers 1 (F/7)

Seven innings with a first pitch at 11:00 a.m. in the beautiful city of Phoenix! The ACL Rockies had a great day on the mound, allowing six hits in the shorthand contest. Gabriel Barbosa pitched the first four innings, allowing two hits and striking out six in his third ACL start. (He now has a handset of 10 IP, 0 R). Nate Hadley lowered his ERA to 2.08 with two innings of two-hit and scoreless work.

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