Rosario, Gomez, Holcomb Headed to AFL
High Class A catcherand shortstop and Double-A Tulsa third baseman Darin Holcomb will play in the Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
In addition to these three position players, the Rockies are considering sending Tulsa pitchers Chaz Roe, left-handerand Andrew Johnston, the latter two relievers, and Modesto reliever Craig Baker to play for Scottsdale, Tulsa hitting coach Dave Hajek will serve in that capacity with Scottsdale.
Rosario, 20, has been sidelined since July 28 with left wrist soreness, the result of a tag play at the plate. Rosario’s wrist is still in a splint, but he will report to the Rockies instructional league program in Tucson on Sept. 19 and is expected to be ready to play there before reporting to Scottsdale on Oct. 4. In 58 games with Modesto, Rosario hit .266 with 12 doubles, four homers and 33 RBI.
The Rockies designated Gomez as their priority player, meaning he’ll get more opportunity to be in the lineup. Gomez, 21, is hitting .247 with 19 doubles, six homers and 37 RBI in 73 games for Modesto. He went on the disabled list June 6 with a right groin strain and was reinstated June 29 and is struggling through a difficult August, going 13-for-74 (.176) with 24 strikeouts.
Holcomb, 23, is hitting .274 with 23 doubles, 12 homers and 45 RBI in 117 games for Tulsa. Holcomb was not in the lineup Tuesday and is expected to miss a few games after receiving an epidural for the back stiffness that occasionally bothers him.
Since the Giants designated catcher Buster Posey as their priority player, it figures to cut into Rosario’s playing time with Scottsdale, which is stocked with players from the Rockies, Giants, Diamondbacks, Phillies and Pirates organizations.
Games begin the fall league Oct. 13 and end Nov. 19 with the championship game scheduled for Nov. 21.