|Tyler Chatwood helps shut down Mets|
Five Colorado pitchers, starting with Tyler Chatwood, combined to shut out the Mets on Thursday. The team walked six but allowed only one extra-base hit, not a homer and struck out eight. Equally impressive is they stranded 19 New York runners.
It wasn't always pretty but there was enough effectiveness to overcome the sloppiness and win the game with an outstanding team effort.
I originally believed the Rockies may have seriously erred by passing on high school power arm Lucas Gioloto in 2012 June Amateur Draft. To me, he was the kind of potential star arm the organization has always lacked. Yes, he slipped to and past no. 10 in the first round where Colorado picked due to an elbow injury suffered during his senior season but unless there was proof that it was a devastating injury or that it was likely to happen again, the Rockies needed to take him or two other potential starting players.
Now comes news that Gioloto will need Tommy John surgery. Not quite a death knell but certainly a major setback. It will be 2014 before Gioloto likely pitches and 2015 before he will be physically and mentally strong enough to exploit his talent.
If Dahl stays healthy he will have provided three years of play before Gioloto is at his best again and could be in the high levels of the minors by then so maybe the Rockies, in passing on Gioloto at least (I also recommended college talents Michael Wacha and Richie Shaffer), the organization got it very right.
Time will tell. For now, it's probably the Rockies' front office who feels more excited about their selection in the first round than the Washington Nationals'.
I spoke to Barry Lewis of the Tulsa Journal World about some intriguing Double-A prospects - Nolan Arenado, Corey Dickerson, Joe Gardner and former Driller and now-Rockies' reliever Will Harris. His insights are shared today.
After a horrid July, Arenado is having his best month in August. He may have started pressing in June due to the expectations about him being called up to the majors. This month, he seems much more relaxed and his natural ability is shining through.
It’s hard to explain his subpar power numbers. He’s batting .275 with runners in scoring position, but hasn’t had much pop with men on base. In the field, he has all the tools to be an outstanding third baseman and he has made some spectacular plays. I would say about half of his 23 (through Aug. 24th) errors have come when he’s tried to do too much, a few others have come when there seems to have been a lapse of concentration.
Of course, consistent 100-to-110 degree weather during all of July and early August can cause some lapses of focus, and perhaps that also affected his hitting during that month. I’m a lifelong Tulsan and it was the most brutal July temperaturewise we’ve had here although last year was about as hot.
Rockies Analyst: Corey Dickerson has been a productive hitter since being drafted and his plate discipline is improved this year, as is his batting average but his home-run power is down. I asked Lewis what his overall impressions of Dickerson have been since he was promoted earlier this summer from High-A Modesto.
Lewis: Harris was the season’s biggest surprise in Tulsa along with Nick Schmidt. What impressed me the most about Harris was his mound appearance; he never seemed to be fazed by adversity. Always seemed calm and confident.
Double-A third baseman Nolan Arenado made his 23rd error of the season. It's not just his hitting that requires more development and refinement.
Short-season Tri-City pitcher Peter Tago threw six innings of one-run ball. That lowered his ERA to 5.00. He still doesn't look like the quality the Rockies thought they were getting when they drafted him no. 47 overall in 2010.