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Right-handed prospects Samuel Deduno and Jhoulys Chacin were optoined to Minor League camp on Tuesday to get on a regular pitching routine. They form some of the starting pitching depth the Rockies believe they’ll need this season.
Also, lefty Jimmy Gobble, who was hoping to make the club in a setup role, was reassigned to Minor League camp. Gobble’s chance to make the Opening Day roster ended March 11, when he suffered a left groin strain.
Righty prospect Samuel Deduno, the Texas League Pitcher of the Year at Double-A Tulsa, held the D-backs to one unearned run and one hit in two innings, and struck out three, in Sunday’s 4-1 Rockies victory.
Having seen Deduno in an intrasquad game and now against the D-backs, facing mostly Major League regulars, Tracy is considering Deduno’s future.
Deduno has what has been called the best curveball of anyone in the Rockies’ organizations, Major Leagues included. But Sunday he showed more Sunday.
“I saw some bad swings at his fastball,” pitching coach Bob Apodaca noted.
Deduno also showed a changeup for a couple pitches, but right now it’s his No. 3 pitch.
Tracy mused Sunday that it’s possible Deduno’s future could be in relief, where he can use the fastball and curve and not have as much need for the changeup. Of course, it all depends on command — a career-long issue for Deduno, who missed 2008 because of elbow surgery but came back dominant.
Deduno is slated for the Triple-A Colorado Springs starting rotation to start the season, but at his age (27 on July 2) it’s hard to believe the Rockies won’t take the earliest opportunity to see what he can do. Tracy said maybe the bullpen is the best opportunity, given the nastiness of his pitches and the depth the Rockies have in their rotation.
“Where does he end up being best suited, and what is the most sensible thing for the young man as far as his career and where it is that he fits the best for the Colorado Rockies?” Tracy said. “It’s a combination of the two, because he has electric stuff.
“You have to allow this to grow and see how it goes. Is it later-in-the-game-type stuff if it ends up being in the bullpen? Absolutely. But the reliability comes into play. Are yout going to throw it over? If you’re going to walk them with nine outs or less to go in the game and we’re going to set the stage for the other team to beat us, that won’t work.”
Tracy said no decisions have been made, since the Rockies are waiting to see how Deduno completes his development.
“I like relieving, I like starting, anything — it doesn’t matter,” Deduno said.
The Rockies are playing at Hi Corbett Field and at Tucson Electric Park, against the D-backs in both games.
Here is the lineup fro the game at Hi Corbett:
Eric Young Jr., 2B
Clint Barmes, SS
Carlos Gonzalez, CF
Miguel Olivo, C
Melvin Mora, 3B
Michael Paulk, 1B
Cole Garner, RF
Jay Payton, LF
Aaron Cook, RHP
Here’s the rest of the pitching: RHP Samuel Deduno, LHP Christian Friedrich, RHP Manuel Corpas, LHP Randy Flores.
Here is the lineup for the game at TEP
Dexter Fowler, CF
Omar Quintanilla, 2B
Seth Smith, LF
Ryan Spilborghs, RF
Ian Stewart, 3B
Chris Iannetta, C
Hector Gomez, SS
Jeff Kindel, 1B
Franklin Morales, LHP
Here is the rest of the pitching schedule: RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Andrew Graham, RHP Juan Rincon, RHP Justin Speier, LHP Matt Reynolds.
The Rockies have signed the following pre-arbitration players to one-year contracts: right-handed pitchers Alberto Alburquerque, Jhoulys Chacin, Samuel Deduno, Matt Daley, Edgmer Escalona, Shane Lindsay, Juan Nicasio, Greg Reynolds, Chaz Roe and Esmil Rogers; left-handed pitchers Franklin Morales and Greg Smith; catcher Mike McKenry; infielders Hector Gomez, Chris Nelson, Ian Stewart and Eric Young Jr.; and outfielders Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez and Seth Smith. Terms were not announced.
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
Things haven’t been the same for Rockies right-hander Jason Hirsh since the Brewers’ J.J. Hardy hit him in the right leg with a line drive on Aug. 7, 2007. At that time, Hirsh was a rookie and seemed to be learning how to pitch in the Majors. Since then, it’s been a lot of pain and disappointment.
The pain came last season, when shoulder problems made his big-league opportunities minimal.
The disappointment came Monday, when he was one of 13 players the Rockies moved out of Major League camp. Hirsh technically was optioned to the Minors.
Right-handed pitchers Samuel Deduno, Shane Lindsay, Ryan Mattheus and Steven Register, as well as infielders Hector Gomez, Chris Nelson and Eric Young, Jr. were optioned to the Minors. Left-handed pitcher Cedrick Bowers, right-handed pitchers Matt Daley and Brandon Hynick, catcher Michael McKenry and outfielder Matt Miller were non-roster players who were reassigned to Minor League camp.