The consistency of the Rockies’ starting pitching this season will be tough to sustain because of two recent developments.
The season-opening rotation had remained intact until
considered the team’s ace, was sent to Class AAA on June 30 after several shaky outings. Then went on the disabled list because of a finger blister.
The Rockies had 40 quality starts, fourth in the league, through 88 games. In a stretch of 15 games through July 7, the rotation had 10 quality starts and a 2.55 ERA.
Gray, Chad Bettis Jon Kyle Freeland
will take a 3.18 ERA into a start against Arizona on July 12. Fellow left-hander is better than average, too, with a 3.90 ERA through 18 starts.
will be aiming for his third straight start of allowing one run or fewer runs when he pitches on July 11.
Bettis could return this weekend. In his first Class AAA outing, Gray gave up only two runs, struck out six and didn’t allow a walk in six innings.
❚ The Denver Post suggested Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos as a trade candidate for the Rockies this month. Last summer, Colorado added a veteran catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, now with the Oakland A’s.
Tyler Anderson Marquez German
the solid tandem of (eligible for free agency at the end of the season) and
Grandal Austin Barnes. Keibert Yasmani
This month’s addition of MLB.com’s top-ranked player in the international amateur market, gives the Dodgers another much touted prospect at catcher.
Cartaya, 16, is a “great receiver,” the website suggested. As a hitter, he draws praise for his contact skills, pitch recognition and feel for the strike zone.
The franchise’s top-ranked prospect, according to Baseball America, is 19-year-old catcher
who was five years younger than the weighted average in the Class AA Southern League but was throwing out 32 percent of runners trying to steal.
❚ Right fielder trip to the disabled list because of a strained muscle in his right
Diego Cartaya, Ruiz, Yasiel Puig’s
side presented a new opportunity for who had a breakthrough season with the Dodgers in 2016 but has been plagued by injuries since. Toles was hitting .324 in Class AAA.