7 Rockies prospects to play in Arizona Fall League

August 31, 2010 | 7:13 pm | 6  

Catcher Jordan Pacheco, who thrived at high Class A Modesto and has continued his success at Double-A Tulsa, is one of seven prospects — four pitchers and three position players — the Colorado Rockies will send to the Arizona Fall League.

In addition to Pacheco, the Rockies will send relievers Bruce Billings, left-hander Rex Brothers and Adam Jorgenson and starter Greg Reynolds, all playing for Double-A Tulsa, along with Modesto shortstop Thomas Field and Tulsa center fielder Charlie Blackmon fall league.

They will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions, who will be stocked with players from the Colorado, Baltimore, Washington, Arizona and San Francisco organizations. The AFL season starts Oct. 12, and the league championship is set for Nov. 20.

Pacheco, 24, was promoted to Tulsa after catcher Wilin Rosario suffered a season-ending knee injury Aug. 3. In 104 games at Modesto, Pacheco hit .321 with five homers and 70 RBI and more walks (54) than strikeouts (36) in 390 at-bats. He has played 16 games for Tulsa and is hitting .371 with one homer, 17 strikeouts and three walks and six strikeouts in 62 at-bats.

Blackmon, 24, began the season in extended spring training after straining a hamstring and then re-injuring it. He’s hitting .304 with 10 homers and 53 RBI for Tulsa and has given the team a huge offensive lift in August after the loss of Rosario and shortstop Hector Gomez. This month, Blackmon has gone 40-for-112 (.357) with three homers, 22 RBI, a .408 on-base percentage and .580 slugging percentage.

Reynolds, 25, is a deceptive 7-4 with a 5.21 ERA in 15 starts for Tulsa. But in five August starts, Reynolds went 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA. He basically had to start spring training again after getting hit March 1 with a line drive above his right elbow, suffering a deep bruise and a bone chip — but not one in an area that would restrict his pitching. Reynolds is now fully healthy and no longer pitching while still building up arm strength.

Brothers, 22, is a power lefty who went 0-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 33 games at Modesto with 19 walks and 43 strikeouts in 37 innings. In 21 games since moving up to Tulsa, Brothers is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA with 15 walks and 23 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. He has allowed just two homers in his combined 57 1/3 innings this season.

Billings, 24, began the season in the Tulsa rotation and set a Texas League record with 38 consecutive innings. He has the ability to pitch inside with a plus fastball but with a slider that is still developing was moved to the bullpen. He is 10-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 32 games, 18 in relief with 43 walks and 95 strikeouts in 106 2/3 innings.

Jorgenson, 24, began the year as Modesto’s closer and went 0-2 with a 1.60 ERA and 24 saves in 41 games. In nine games after moving up to Tulsa, Jorgenson is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA.

Field, 23, has played his way to prospect status this year and is seen as a Jamey Carroll, Randy Velarde type of grinder. He is hitting .284 with 15 homers and 72 RBI in 124 games and has a .397 on-base percentage and .466 slugging percentage.


  • Agbayani | August 31, 2010 | 7:41 pm

    Blackmon is a really interesting young player. There’s a real dearth of hitting talent in the Rox high minors, and he was one of the few bright spots this year. Hope he does well.

  • RockiesFan4life | August 31, 2010 | 7:41 pm

    wow, Field has 115 homers in 124 games!? Sure hope no one tests him for steroids.

  • Doctor_Christopher | August 31, 2010 | 7:47 pm

    Sounds like a good bunch to go to AFL. I will particularly interested in Reynolds continued rebound development (he wasn’t the #2 overall pick by accident) and Pacheco. It would be great to have two solid hitting solid defensive backstops. I have not even heard of Field before, and every team needs a Carrol type player to go that next step.

    Thanks always to the ITR guys.

  • Rich M | September 1, 2010 | 7:59 am

    Billings and Brothers appear to be on the fast track to the MLB, and I am really glad that neither of these two pitchers were involved with the Delcarmen trade.

    The Rockies might be coming to the end of the line with Escalona and Albuquerque. 2010 was not knid to either of these two right handed releivers. A decent 2010 minor league performance by either of these guys and Delcarmen would not be a Rockie now.

  • Rich M | September 1, 2010 | 8:10 am

    ITR guys,

    Why didn’t the Rockies put Weathers in the AFL – it would seem logical to get him some more quality innings at this point? Not sure where his development is taking him?

  • Jack Etkin | September 1, 2010 | 11:19 pm

    Rich M

    This is Weathers’ first season after undergoing Tommy John surgery Oct. 31, 2008. It’s been a long road back and the Rockies see no need in extending his season and possibly overworking Weathers by sending him to the AFL. He has gotten healthy and after dominating at Tri-City has pitched well at Modesto after a shaky beginning there.
    Weathers blew out his elbow in the AFL in 2008, which isn’t a reason he’s not going there this fall. He could be in the big leagues at some point in 2011 and having accomplished what he and the Rockies were hoping for this season, there’s no point in risking an unhappy ending to 2010 in the AFL.