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Left-hander Christian Friedrich, the Rockies top choice in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, warmed up a few times but never made it into a Cactus League game. The Rockies wanted the first big-league camp to be a learning experience, and it was all that. But now he can only learn with regular work and game action.
Friedrich was one of the first 16 players the Rockies sent to Minor League camp on Tuesday.
Here is the list:
Left-handed pitchers: Friedrich.
Right-handed pitchers: Alberto Alburquerque, Craig Baker, Juan Nicasio, Edgmer Escalona, Andrew Johnston, Chaz Roe, Andrew Graham and Shane Lindsay.
Catchers: Jordan Pacheco, Michael McKenry and Wilin Rosario.
Infielders: Darin Holcomb, Hector Gomez and Jeff Kindel.
Outfielders: Chris Frey.
It’s time to turn on the radio and dream of a regular season ahead. The Rockies will open Cactus League play today at 1:05 p.m. against the D-backs at Tucson Electric Park. Here is the Rockies’ lineup.
2B Eric Young Jr.
1B Paul Lo Duca
CF Carlos Gonzalez
RF Ryan Spilborghs
LF Seth Smith
C Chris Iannetta
3B Ian Stewart
SS Jonathan Herrera
RHP Jason Hammel
Here is the rest of the Rockies’ pitching schedule for today: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, RHP Manuel Corpas, RHP Juan Rincon and LHP Franklin Morales. The backups, in case any pitcher struggles, are right-handers Alberto Alburquerque, Shane Lindsay, Edgmer Escalona and Andrew Johnston.
D-backs pitchers will be RHP Billy Buckner, RHP T.J. Beam, RHP Bob Howry, LHP Tom Layne and RHP Leo Rosales.
With a few exceptions, the Rockies’ intrasquad game on Monday was devoted to seeing younger players, those who won’t be factors at the start of the season.
But a Rockies team that used right-hander Jhoulys Chacin and utility man Eric Young Jr. during the late-season playoff run, and used center fielder Dexter Fowler all year when they originally expected him to go to Triple-A doesn’t take intrasquad games early in camp lightly.
“I really believe that anytime you go into a season and think you have a chance to be a successful club, you know you need more than 25 to do it with,” Tracy said. “All these kids have to realize that they are Rockies.”
Here are some intrasquad highlights:
— Catcher Wilin Rosario knocked the game’s only home run, a solo shot to left in the seventh against right-hander Craig Baker. Rosario also doubled and scored in the third inning.
Rosario, who played at Class-A Modesto last year, is in his second Major League Spring Training.
“The goal last year was to wet his feet, let him see what this is like,” Tracy said. “He’s growing very quickly.”
— The two starting pitchers, both of whom could be factors at the Major League level, Samuel Deduno and Chaz Roe, each threw two scoreless innings and gave up one hit. Deduno, the Texas League pitcher of the year last season at Double-A Tulsa, walked two but froze starting Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart for a strikeout. Roe, who also pitched at Tulsa last season, struck out one and didn’t walk any.
— Center fielder Chris Frey, who has played the last two seasons at Triple-A Colorado Springs, made a diving catch on a Michael Paulk drive. “I don’t know that you’ll see a much better play made the entire spring,” Tracy said.
— Tracy said shortstop prospect Hector Gomez, who has battled injury throughout his career but played to positive reviews in the Arizona Fall League in 2009, displayed a “plus-plus arm,” meaning well-above average among Major Leaguers.
— Right-hander Juan Nicasio, who went 9-3 at Class-A Asheville last season, walked three in one-plus innings, and had to leave the game because he pulled back the nail on his right middle finger and could not control the ball.
— Righty reliever Andrew Johnston, who earned 31 saves at Tulsa last season, gave up two hits and an unearned run in one inning. Tracy liked how Johnston reacted to misfortune.
“We made a boo-boo to start the inning and then there was a seeing-eye groundball down the third-base line, but every sinker that he threw that was hit, was hit on the ground,” Tracy said. “You look for things like that and say to yourself a kid with that type of moxie that you know in the Minor Leagues is pitching the ninth inning, as you move forward that’s a very interesting guy. You wonder, ‘I wonder what that would look like in the middle innings, or the sixth or seventh inning, at the Major League level.'”
— Tracy also liked lefty Matt Reynolds, who has a 2.65 ERA in three professional seasons. Reynolds threw a perfect inning. “That’s a neat arm,” Tracy said. “He’s a big man, and people told me early in the spring about his deception. I can see where the deception comes from. It’s a big man with a very quick arm.”
Here are the lineups for today’s intrasquad game, which is starting late but will start shortly:
Away Team (wearing gray pants)
Eric Young Jr., LF
Hector Gomez, SS
Ian Stewart, 3B
Jeff Kindel, 1B
Chris Nelson, 2B
Paul Phillips, C
Cole Garner, RF
Chris Frey, CF
Mike McKenry, DH/C
Pitchers — Chaz Roe, Christian Friedrich, Edgmer Escalona, Craig Baker, Jimmy Gobble, Andrew Graham
Home Team, wearing white pants
Jonathan Herrera, 2B
Omar Quintanilla, SS
Matt Miller, LF
Michael Paulk, RF
Jay Payton, CF
Paul Lo Duca, 1B
Darin Holcomb, 3B
Wilin Rosario, C
Jordan Pacheco, DH/C
Pitchers — Samuel Deduno, Juan Nicasio, Alberto Alburquerque, Shane Lindsay, Andrew Johnston