Rogers moved up to the Springs

July 9, 2009 | 10:45 pm | 7  

Esmil Rogers, one of the Colorado Rockies’ top pitching prospects, started his first game for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. Rogers, who was 8-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 15 starts at Tulsa, took the win for the Sky Sox against Salt Lake. Rogers pitched six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, walking none and striking out five.


  • Agbayani | July 9, 2009 | 11:20 pm

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see him in a Rockies uniform working out of the pen in September. I imagine that has something to do with how quickly they moved him up to the Springs. Pretty interesting threesome of Rogers-Chacin-Hynick jockeying for position right now. All very different pitchers, all effective in their own way. Let’s see who can make the next leap.

  • Mike | July 9, 2009 | 11:30 pm

    That’s pretty cool. Good for Rogers and definitely a good sign–I don’t get the sense the Rockies “rush” players through the system.

  • Townie | July 10, 2009 | 12:06 am

    The interesting thing(s) I took away from that boxscore.

    The Sky Sox handled Sean O’Sullivan a lot better than the Rockies did a couple weeks back in Anaheim.

    And EY 4-for-4 with 2 HRs, 4 runs and 5 RBI. If the Rockies wanted to move him for a reliever, that line should increase the value nicely.

  • Ham | July 10, 2009 | 6:21 am

    Really nice game for EYII. 12 total bases?? Not bad for a 25th round draft choice. Why wasn’t he drafted sooner? I am thinking he might look better in our purple pin stripes.

    Good for our old ss to make the Springs as a pitcher. Looking forward to seeing him up here in a few months.

  • Trip | July 10, 2009 | 7:27 am

    Steve, per your article in RMI, you just may become a prophet. A quick stop at AAA Colorado Springs and on to the bigs yet this year is quite possible.

  • Steve | July 10, 2009 | 8:09 am

    EY2 was a “draft-and-follow” which was a typical practice before the rules relating to the draft were changed. Basically, EY was a HS school kid that teams weren’t sure if we was ready or willing to go pro. The Rockies drafted him in June, but didn’t sign him until May the following year. They were able to watch him play at JC during that year and decide if he advanced enough to sign. Teams used to be able to wait on signing their draft picks all the way up to a week prior to next year’s draft. That was changed a couple years ago and now players must be signed by August 15th the same year.

    Teams knew he had speed but the knock was whether he can hit enough or play defense enough to stay at 2B. He’s proven he can hit, but there are still questions about his defense, which is why he’s still in AAA.

  • Zack | July 11, 2009 | 1:32 pm

    I hope the Rox do not deal EY2 for a bullpen arm, he would really add some more speed to this team and I would like to see him take over at 2B sometime next year, and possible move Barmie back to a utility role. Having EY2 at the top of the lineup gives the Rox a true leadoff man, I don’t think Fowler is a leadoff man. EY2 has speed that not even Fowler can match. I think Dex may grow into some more power too, so I think he will eventually be in a different spot in the lineup.

    You also may want to throw Friedrich into that pitching race. It might be too late for him to be a call up this year, especially after losing a month or so to injury, but he might be working for a rotation spot coming out of Spring Training in 2010.