Rockies lose Deduno to Padres on waivers

January 29, 2011 | 7:27 pm | 5  

The San Diego Padres claimed pitcher Samuel Deduno on waivers from the Colorado Rockies. Deduno, a 27-year-old right-hander who had been in the Rockies organization since 2003, was designated for assignment Jan. 24 when the team acquired pitcher Clayton Mortenson from the Oakland Athletics.

In seven seasons in the Rockies’ minor-league system, Deduno was 40-37 with a 4.35 ERA. He missed the entire 2008 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and battled various injuries and control problem before making his major-league debut with the Rockies last season. HeĀ  made four relief appearances with the Rockies and had a 3.38 ERA in 2 2/3 innings.


  • Doctor_Christopher | January 29, 2011 | 7:34 pm

    It is always hard to lose someone who might (operative word, might) be able to contribute to the team, but this is part of what makes baseball the best game out there. Only 40 can be on your big league roster, and that means players moving when you trade or sign a player. Maybe at 27 or 28 the lights go on and Deduno beomes a lesser version of Pedro, and maybe Mortensen goes bust. You never know. The great thing is teams cannot just store talent on their minor roster forever. Plus it gives guys who might languish at Colorado Springs until they file for Social Security the chance to see what they can do in a new system (with new coaches). When college football limited their rosters and scholarships it made it possible for the TCUs of the world to become powerhouses (or Wyoming, for Tracy).

    Baseball, the greatest game on earth, begins again in three short weeks!

  • Julian | January 29, 2011 | 9:53 pm

    It’s too bad that Deduno was claimed because he might have become a useful member of the Rockies’ bullpen later this year or next year.

  • robba | January 29, 2011 | 11:13 pm

    Great post, Doc C. Exactly right.

  • Rockpile | January 29, 2011 | 11:30 pm

    Dang. I liked this guy. I think he’ll turn out to be a pretty good player. Killer curveball. I’ll be following Deduno’s progress. key word here: “progress.” PetCo park is a great place to make that progress, too. I just hope he doesn’t beat up on his old club, too bad.

  • Rich M | January 30, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Ok now this exodus of MILB pitching is really beginning to hurt, as when healthy Deduno has serious MLB stufff. It was not that long ago that three notable Rockies minor league pitchers were tearing up AA hitters – Chacin, Rogers and Deduno.

    Not a real big limb here to climb out on, but this loss and the earlier loss of Balcom-Miller are going to bite the Rockies in the back side big time! Escalona is not better than Deduno – just a couple years younger!