Rockies announce rest of September call-ups

September 5, 2011 | 4:56 pm | 20  

Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy announced that Triple-A reliever Jim Miller, infielder Chris Nelson and catcher-infielder Jordan Pacheco and Double-A catcher Wilin Rosario will join the Rockies on Tuesday.

Miller was an All-Star for Colorado Springs. He went 8-5 with 24 saves and a 5.25 ERA for the Sky Sox. Miller, an eighth-round pick by the Rockies in 2004, rejoined the organization this season after four seasons in the Baltimore Orioles system, where he made eight major-league appearances in 2008. The Rockies traded Miller to the Orioles for pitcher Rodrigo Lopez in January 2007.

Pacheco, who nearly won a job with the Rockies in spring training, hit .278 with 21 doubles, three home runs and 50 RBI for the Sky Sox. The converted infield has been primarily a catcher this season, but has seen some time at third base lately as the team begins to look at him as more of a utility player than a future starting catcher.

Tracy said Pacheco would play third base and second base, an opening at the latter position developing because Jonathan Herrera is likely lost for the season. He caught his right hand in a door and said he has a broken index finger and possible ligament damage to his pinkie. Herrera said he was injured playing with his kids and will be examined Tuesday.

When Tracy was asked whether Pacheco, originally a second baseman who began the conversion to catcher after spring training in 2008, would see time at catcher with the Rockies, Tracy said, “I won’t rule it out. He’s been doing it for three years. I won’t rule it out.”

Rosario has hit .249 with 21 home runs and 49 RBI for Tulsa.

Tracy said Tulsa left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who threw 46 pitches while working three perfect innings Monday, will also join the Rockies but won’t be activated Tuesday.

Miller and Pomeranz are not on the Rockies’ 40-man roster.  A corresponding will need to be made Tuesday to make room for Miller and another move later when the team activates Pomeranz.


  • Anonymous | September 5, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    One player who I thought the Rockies might call up is Beerer, but he’s not on the 40 man roster. I’m surprised to see Miller being called up.

  • Golfgirl72 | September 5, 2011 | 7:48 pm

    Miller not on 40 man either. And Nelson is hurt. I don’t get their decisions.

  • Rich M | September 5, 2011 | 8:16 pm

    Once again the Rockies block a right handed bat that could help them in the outfield, Yes Beerer is old but he has done everything the Rockies have asked and more. Is Jim Miller really worth bumping someone else off the 40 man roster?

  • Doctor_Christopher | September 5, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    I think Miller’s chance is a thank you for what he did at AAA (sort of like Payton last year). If Miller looks good he might get a big league invite somewhere next year. Taking care of late 20s early 30s minor leaguers is fairly standard (beside the pen is going to see a lot of action the next month because up shutting down young pitchers). Surprised not to see Beerer, but you can only make so many moves. Pacheco is another tweener it appears, a AAAA player perhaps. If he had a bit more power it could make up for his defensively liabilities, but having a guy who can play the whole infield including catcher would be nice so our back-up catcher would be available for pinch-hitting. Rosario’s arm looks interesting, as does his cheapness. His average and power at this point are essentially where Ianetta projected to be, but he is younger and can improve (as a fan of CDI I still have to admit he is what he is going forward).

    Hate to say it but this September is about watching prospects. When they are not pitching or playing, this team is going to pretty close to unwatchable. Dont worry, the purple coloured glasses are being fit for the 2012 sun of Phoneix.

  • Agbayani | September 6, 2011 | 7:04 am

    Agreed, Doc. The only interesting thing going on in September this year is getting a look at prospects. Unfortunately, of the list above really only Rosario and Pomeranz are “prospects.” (Nelson could count, but we’ve seen plenty of him already.) Miller is up as a thank you for his years of work in the Rockies organization. Beerer isn’t a prospect either, but he’d be a better story and more fun to watch than some of the other guys. Too bad for him. I’ll say it again about Pacheco: the Rockies’ talent evaluators thought he wasn’t quick enough to play 2B. He didn’t hit enough to play 3B, hence the move to catcher. He hasn’t been good enough defensively to be considered a catching prospect, hence the attempt to make him a super utility guy. But he hasn’t hit enough to have any value at that. .278 with 3 HRs sounds kind of o.k. for AAA — certainly not impressive, but kind of o.k. — but consider that Alfredo Amezaga hit .305 with 4 HRs in less than half a season in Colorado Springs. Willy Taveras hit .302 with 10 HRs in a full season. Willy has 8 HRs in his entire major league career spanning 2600 plate appearances — about 5 full years. Matt Pagnozzi didn’t hit enough to stick with the Rockies, but he had a .275/.337/.421 line at the Springs. Pacheco? .278/.343/.377.

    I know lots of folks like him, but there’s absolutely no reason to believe he’s ready to provide anything for the big club …

  • Julian | September 6, 2011 | 7:09 am

    Do we know who is getting bumped off of the 40 man roster for Miller?

  • Mike Raysfan | September 6, 2011 | 8:43 am

    Dear Mr. Drew Goodman. For an award winning anounncer you sure are terrible at geography. You need to remember that sometimes you are on Extra Innings and seen by Rays fans.

    Let’s recap. The Rays play in St. Petersburg NOT Tampa. Tampa is not even in the same county as the Trop. In fact, I don’t think I have ever heard you refer to them as the Rays. You always call them Tampa.

    It amazed me that you didn’t call the Bulls the Tampa Bulls. Maybe that was because you believe since they are USF, and you rightly called them South Florida, they play much closer to Miami and not in Tampa?

    Jeff Huson, you played in the Florida State League. Help your colleague out with some geography lessons.

  • Steve Foster | September 6, 2011 | 9:12 am

    The move for Miller will probably involve Herrera, who is done for the season after breaking his finger.

  • Julian | September 6, 2011 | 9:16 am

    Agbayani, Beerer certainly isn’t a great prospect, but is he a marginal prospect? Might next year’s outfield start out with CarGo, Dexter, Smith, Blackmonn, and the winner out of Cole Garner and Beerer (to have another right handed bat), with Wheeler at some point displacing one of them?

  • Rich M | September 6, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Beerer really seems to be a lot like Spilly in that he does not have any great tools, but all the tools are however marginally decent. With Spilly likely leaving and Garner hurt, it would seem like a great time to take a look at Scott Beerer in the outfield.

    Actually I think the real explanation here is that DanO just seems to hate right handers in general – both pitchers and hitters – but that’s another post for another day.

  • Steve Foster | September 6, 2011 | 11:23 am

    Beerer exceeded expectations this season, but he’s an org player. It’s a nice story, but as a hitter, he’s more Matt Miller than Ryan Spilborghs. Very little chance he’s in the majors on Opening Day.

  • Rich M | September 6, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    Steve, I am pleasantly surprised that the Rockies appear to be bringing Pomeranz up so quickly. Granted the performances in AA have been off the charts, but the lefty really has very little experience above A Ball. Is he really ready for the MLB, or are the Rockies trying to appease the hungry masses by rushing him with this move?

  • sabrchip | September 6, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    You know, looking the 40-man roster, I’d think Mortenson could be removed for a spot and Herrera could go on the 60-day DL for another.

    While we’re talking 2012 outfield, with money to spend why not get Alex Gordon as a FA. Spilly won’t be back, not with Boras as an agent. Smith could be a good 4th OFer and Blackmon could open some eyes if he comes to camp like last year.

    Shopping for pitchers? Why not bring Hochevar home? It’s his walk year with KC.

  • Steve Foster | September 6, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    On Pomeranz coming up, it’s just a matter of the Rockies wanting him to be a part of the starting rotation in 2012 and they want to look at him now, not spring training. If he were still with Cleveland, it would be the same situation.

    Neither Gordon nor Hochevar are free agents after the season. Both players are arbitration eligible. Hochevar has been mentioned as a possible non-tender candidate, but there’s little chance the Royals would let Gordon go now that he’s finally starting to live up to his potential. As for Spilborghs, he’s not actually a free agent. A two-year deal he signed is up after the season, but he still has a year left of arbitration and is under the Rockies control. But he is a non-tender candidate.

  • Doctor_Christopher | September 6, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    Geez Steve, that was pretty harsh…more Matt Miller than Spilly. Its not like we are talking Barry Bonds or Albert Puljos. That was just mean:) Thanks for the information Steve. I assumed when they broght him back that Beerer was going to be an organizational bat, or at best an injury fill-in. Still nice to see him do as well as he has done. I think a lot of us were simply curious because he was elevated and had a solid AAA season as well.

    Since he came to the Rox (two starts), didnt Pomeranz post a 0.00 era?

  • Julian | September 6, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Steve, thanks for the insight on Beerer. I’ll cross him off my list of potential 2012 Rockies. Is there a higher probability of Garner nabbing the #5 outfielder job for the Rockies in 2012, or is he in the same boat as Beerer?

  • Golfgirl72 | September 6, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    Don’t rule beerer out yet.. He is now a free agent and if not with the Rockies, someone will nab him. It’s a great story and no one had worked harder or deserves it more.

  • Ryan (the other one) | September 6, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    Pacheco and Rosario starting tonight for the Rox…

  • Steve Foster | September 6, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    Not intended to be mean on Beerer. Maybe more Cole Garner than Matt Miller? He could potentially fill a role in the right opportunity, which is what an org player is. It’s great that he has come all the way back from leaving the game to where he is now. It’s too early to say who has a chance to be the fifth outfielder, because setting the first three will the first priority. But Garner likely has the better shot simply because he’s been here.

  • ColRox your Sox | September 6, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Can the Rockies call up a manager? Is that allowed?