Fasano To Manage In Toronto Organization
It turns out that catcher Sal Fasano, who was hoping to return to the majors last season with the Rockies, instead ended his well-traveled playing career at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Fasano, 38, will manage Class A Lansing in the Midwest League for the Blue Jays in 2010. He spent 2007 in their organization, playing 16 games with Toronto.
Fasano played for 16 professional seasons, including 427 games in the majors with nine different clubs over parts of 11 seasons that netted Fasano 6 years, 146 days of big league service time. Twenty-five of those games came with the Rockies in 2001 when Fasano also played 26 games at Colorado Springs.
He signed a minor league contract with the Rockies last February. When catchersuffered a hamstring injury on May 23, the Rockies promoted catcher Paul Phillips rather than Fasano, who had been injured. Phillips stayed with the Rockies through June while Yorvit Torrealba was away from the club following the kidnapping of his son in Venezuela and impressed manager and his staff.
Philllips was recalled Sept. 1 when the major league rosters were expanded, while Fasano, who had been slowed by knee problems, ended the year at Colorado Springs where he played 61 games and hit .236 with four homers and 21 RBI and, it turns out, finishing a career that included 2,835 at-bats in 844 games in the minor leagues.
In other news, the Rockies have resigned infielder Daniel Mayora, 24, left-handed pitcher Kurt Birkins, 29, catcher Dayton Buller, 28, and right-hander Ching-Lung Lo, 24. All were six-year minor league free agents.
Mayora profiles as a possible utility player in the majors. He has advanced one level annually and at Double-A Tulsa in 2009, Mayora hit .286 with a .347 on-base percentage, .390 slugging percentage and seven homers, 49 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 122 games. In five seasons, Mayora, a native of Venezuela, has hit .294 with a .358 on-base percentage and .429 slugging percentage.