NEW YORK -- Rockies Class A shortstop Brendan Rodgers has improved four spots to No. 8 on the latest MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list. Advancement is a common theme among the organization's highest-ranked prospects.
Rodgers, who turns 20 on Aug. 9 and was the 2015 No. 3 overall Draft pick out of Lake Mary, Fla., is playing at Class A Asheville and hitting .278 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 52 RBIs entering Thursday.
By Brittany Ghiroli and Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE -- Rockies rookie Jon Gray pitched a dominant seven innings to lead a red-hot Colorado team to Wednesday's 3-1 series win over the American League East-leading Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Fresh off a series sweep against Atlanta, the Rockies have now won six of their past seven games.
BALTIMORE -- Two batters after Nick Hundley's two-run homer ended Orioles starter Dylan Bundy's no-hitter in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 3-1 win, Rockies No. 2 prospect David Dahl blasted his first career home run -- a two-out solo shot -- to give Colorado a 3-0 lead. It chased Bundy from the game.
Dahl smacked a first-pitch changeup to dead center that left the bat at 100 mph and traveled an estimated 401 feet from home plate, according to Statcast™.
BALTIMORE -- Rockies starter Jon Gray was rolling through three innings on Wednesday night, but the Orioles nearly derailed his start in the fourth. With runners at the corners and no outs, Manny Machado lofted a shallow fly ball to left field that looked like it was going to drop in.
But Daniel Descalso, usually an infielder, came charging in from left field to make a sensational diving catch for the first out of the inning. Gray then got the final two outs to strand the runners in what proved to be a pivotal series of events in his strong outing of the Rockies' 3-1 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Rockies place Motte on DL, reinstate Rusin
By Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE -- The Rockies placed right-hander Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain and reinstated lefty Chris Rusin (left shoulder strain) from the DL before Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Orioles.
Motte, who started the season on the DL with a right shoulder strain and didn't make his debut until May 25, pitched a clean inning on Monday. But when Motte came out of the game, trainer Keith Dugger asked him if he felt OK because something looked off.
By Brittany Ghiroli and Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE-- The Rockies used a four-run third inning to deny Oriole ace Chris Tillman his 15th win and snap first-place Baltimore's five-game win streak with Tuesday's 6-3 victory at Camden Yards.
Colorado had four consecutive two-out hits, including Carlos Gonzalez's two-run double that looped just inside the foul line. They sent eight men to the plate in that critical third. Tillman went five innings, allowing nine hits and six runs to raise his season ERA to 3.47.
Gonzalez, Story string together clutch hits for Rockies' fifth win in six games
By Ryan Baillargeon
BALTIMORE -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez took a moment to collect himself after a borderline outside fastball was called for a strike in the third inning Tuesday. If he let another go by, he'd allow Orioles starter Chris Tillman to complete a high-wire act escape from a bases-loaded jam.
Gonzalez dug back in, and when Tillman tried to go back outside three pitches later, he shot the fastball down the left-field line for a two-run double. Trevor Story, the next batter, added a two-run single as part of four crucial two-out RBIs in their 6-3 win over Baltimore.
BALTIMORE -- Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra, who has been on the disabled list since June 17 with a sprained left ankle, is set to make his first rehab appearance Friday. Parra, who is currently with the team in Baltimore, will play for Double-A Hartford.
Because he hasn't played in a game in more than a month, manager Walt Weiss expects Parra to need some extra rehab time. The skipper doesn't have a set number of games in mind, though.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have had a flair for the dramatic the past two days at Camden Yards.
It wasn't as pretty as Nolan Reimold's two-out walk-off homer in the ninth inning Sunday, but the Orioles walked off for the second straight game on a ground ball back to the pitcher in a 3-2 win over the Rockies in 10 innings on Monday night. Adam Jones, off from third on contact, came racing down the line on Manny Machado's tapper back to the mound. And after Jordan Lyles muffled the catch, catcher Nick Hundley couldn't handle the throw that allowed Jones to score the winning run.
DENVER -- Trevor Story, now the record holder for home runs by a National League rookie shortstop (27), spent last offseason in Scottsdale, Ariz., when he was just a prospect trying to take advantage of the Rockies' Salt River Fields at Talking Stick facility. And Monday he welcomed one of his offseason housemates to the Majors.
Outfielder and Rockies No. 2 prospect David Dahl has blown through Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque this season with a combined .314 batting average and 18 home runs. Don't be surprised if a rental property isn't advertising itself as the "House of Homers."
Trevor Story is the National League Player of the Week once again. The Rockies' rookie powerhouse took home the honor for the second time in his first Major League season on Monday.
The 23-year-old set the NL record for home runs by a rookie shortstop on Saturday against the Braves -- surpassing one of his predecessors, Troy Tulowitzki, with his 25th long ball of the year. Story added a second homer later in the game, and another on Sunday, his 27th, punctuating a week in which he crushed six big flies.
The Rockies are promoting power-hitting outfielder David Dahl, and it's not difficult to see why: The 10th overall pick in the 2012 Draft has been crushing the ball ever since he arrived in the pros. In more than 1,600 plate appearances, Dahl has hit a scorching .310/.357/.513, despite an on-field injury in 2015 so serious that it required his spleen to be removed. He's been even better this year, hitting .314/.394/.569 combined at Double-A and Triple-A.
But while the focus will be on Dahl's offense and especially how Coors Field might make it look even better, that's not the only tool that him brings to the Majors. Ever since he was selected, references to a good throwing arm were tucked away in scouting reports. When Dahl was ranked baseball's 55th-best prospect by MLBPipeline.com in 2013, it was noted that he had "a plus arm." Now that he's Colorado's No. 2-ranked prospect, it's "a strong, accurate arm [that] is better than most." And because Dahl played at Petco Park in the Futures Game earlier this month, we were able to get him in front of Statcast™'s tracking radars to see if the numbers held up to the reputation. They did.
Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
DENVER -- David Dahl, a 22-year-old outfielder who hit .484 with five home runs in 16 games at Triple-A Albuquerque, joined the Rockies on Monday at Baltimore. He was in the lineup against the Orioles in left field, batting sixth. Dahl hit a two-out single in the seventh inning for his first career hit and scored on a base hit by Mark Reynolds during a 3-2 loss.
"He's earned it," manager Walt Weiss said. "He deserves it and he's here because we feel that he can help us win games. He's having a heck of a season and he's put himself in a position to get this callup."
DENVER -- The Rockies chased Braves pitcher Tyrell Jenkins before he could finish the fourth inning with three home runs in a 7-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday at Coors Field to complete their first four-game sweep since July 9-12, 2015, which was also against the Braves.
Colorado wasted no time scoring, hitting around in the first inning and plating four runs on Nolan Arenado's three-run homer and Nick Hundley's RBI single. The Rockies ended Jenkins' outing two innings later when DJ LeMahieu homered to lead off the inning and Trevor Story hit his fourth homer of the series two batters later. More >
DENVER -- Rockies rookie Trevor Story treated his family and friends to another of his record-setting feats Saturday night.
A day after tying former Rockie Troy Tulowitzki's 2007 National League record for home runs by a rookie shortstop, Story launched his 25th homer, a two-run shot off Braves right-hander Matt Wisler in the second inning. In the eighth, he cracked No. 26 off Jim Johnson for his career-high fifth RBI of the game and the final run of an 8-4 victory at Coors Field.
DENVER -- Trevor Story put himself into the record books, then lifted the Rockies to their third straight victory over the Braves, 8-4, on Saturday night at Coors Field. Story homered twice and had career highs with four hits and five RBIs.
The Rockies -- who will try to sweep the series Sunday afternoon -- improved to 6-3 since the All-Star break and are .500 (24-24) at home for the first time since June 27. Story is too wrapped up in the performance of his club, which is 46-51 but harboring dreams of pushing into the National League Wild Card race, to think much about history.
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Marquez among top prospect performers Saturday
Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits
By Mike Rosenbaum
The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.
The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.
DENVER -- In a rematch of a pitcher's duel from five days prior against Julio Teheran, the Rockies' Jon Gray got the upper hand. The rookie right-hander tossed seven brilliant innings and closer Carlos Estevez survived a wild ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Coors Field.
After not factoring into the decision in the Rockies' 1-0 loss in Atlanta on Sunday, Gray earned the win by holding the Braves to one run on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. The only run came in the first inning on Nick Markakis' RBI infield single that knocked in Freddie Freeman, whose triple popped out of left fielder Ryan Raburn's glove.
DENVER -- A day off for Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is simply an invitation to work hard.
His efforts when not in the lineup on Thursday led to a big performance on Friday -- a first-inning triple and his 24th homer of the season, for two sixth-inning runs -- in a 4-3 victory over the Braves at Coors Field.
DENVER -- Rockies utility man Daniel Descalso has achieved a feat with an underrated degree of difficulty -- maintaining consistency in the batter's box even though he has been forced from his comfort zone defensively.
Descalso has made eight starts at first base, where he has started just 13 games in his career. His four starts in left field this season are all he has made in the Majors. With Gerardo Parra out with a left high ankle sprain, Descalso has played left field when manager Walt Weiss needed an extra lefty in the lineup.