Weathers moves up to Modesto
Relieverhas been promoted from short-season Class A Tri-City to high Class A Modesto, continuing a lengthy comeback that is finally going well and could carry him to Double-A Tulsa soon.
The eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, Weathers underwent Tommy John surgery Oct. 31, 2008, missed the entire 2009 season and endured repeated setbacks before resuming his career this year on June 18 at Tri-City. In 10 games with the Dust Devils, Weathers, 25, went 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing two hits and one unearned run in 11 2/3 innings with five walks and 21 strikeouts.
After the Rockies took him in the first round out of Vanderbilt, Weathers did not pitch at the short-season level in 2007, instead beginning his career at low Class A Asheville. He played for Team USA in 2008, a season Weathers spent at Tulsa and then was injured after making one appearance in the Arizona Fall League. If Weathers continues to pitch well at Modesto, he’s likely to be moved to Tulsa in a few weeks.
In other minor league news, reliever Craig Baker was activated Friday at Tulsa. Baker, considered a borderline prospect _ he was left off the 40-man roster last year _ went 1-1 with five saves and a 6.55 ERA in 12 games, the last on May 9, before being sidelined with right elbow inflammation.
Tulsa infielder Daniel Mayora suffered a broken left hand Monday that ended his season. In 66 games, Mayora hit .286 with three homers and 30 RBI. After hitting .162 in April, Mayora hit .310 until he was injured and finished the season with a .356 average (21-for-59) with runners in scoring position. Mayora, who turns 25 on July 27, projects as a possible utility type in the big leagues. A native of Venezuela, Mayora spent two years in the Dominican Summer League before playing at Rookie Casper in 2005. In six seasons playing for Rockies affiliates in the United States, Mayora has batted .294 in 2,104 at-bats.
Infielder Radames Nazario moved up from Modesto to take Mayora’s roster spot at Tulsa. Infielder Joe Scott went from Tri-City to Modesto, and infielder David Hernandez was promoted from Casper to Tri-City.
Pitchers Josh Sullivan and Parker Frazier are on 30-day rehab assignments with Tri-City that end July 17. Barring new injuries, both right-handers are expected to move up to Modesto by that date.
Frazier, 21, underwent Tommy John surgery Sept. 22 but recovered remarkably fast and started for the Dust Devils when they opened their season June 18. In four starts, Frazier is 1-2 with an 8.22 ERA, the latter statistic skewed by a June 29 start when Frazier gave up seven earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Frazier rebounded in his next start on Monday and gave up three runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings.
Sullivan, who turned 26 on July 5, has never played above Asheville due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The Rockies drafted Sullivan in the fifth round in 2005 out of Auburn, but he underwent labrum surgery in October 2005, elbow surgery to transpose a nerve in April 2008 and, finally, Tommy John surgery in March 2009.
Sullivan is 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA in four starts for Tri-City with five walks and 15 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings. Two starts ago, he gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings June 30 with one walk and five strikeouts and won, but lost his last game and allowed seven hits and five runs in two innings.
Sullivan is healthy and given his age, the Rockies need to see what he can do against better hitters.
Lastly,has been moved to the bullpen at Tulsa. Billings’ fastball can reach 95 mph, but he lacks the pitch mix to start. The Rockies took Billings in the 30th round in 2007 out of San Diego State. In 16 games, including 14 starts, Billings is 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA. He has allowed 70 hits and 33 walks in 82 innings with 59 strikeouts.