What exactly is in the water in Colorado Springs? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that every time the Colorado Rockies get the Sky Sox on the horn to bring up a player they have the proverbial “Midas Touch” when doing so.
Folks, that isn’t an exaggeration. So successful are the Rockies when bringing players up from the Triple-A ball club, they have had to make significant roster adjustments when Colorado regulars returned from the DL.
In April, the Rockies brought up rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado making Chris Nelson expendable; Nelson would be traded to the New York Yankees. In the same month, Jhoulys Chacin would be placed on the 15-day DL prompting Colorado to bring up Tyler Chatwood.
Today, Arenado is quietly putting together a successful enough season to garnish at least a portion of the Rookie of the Year conversation and Chatwood is arguably the best pitcher in the Rockies’ starting rotation. Chatwood has been so good for the Rockies this season since being called up that Colorado had to hand starting pitcher Jon Garland his walking papers.
Next, the Rockies brought up D.J. LeMahieu who has since hit .343 for Colorado. To make permanent room for LeMahieu, the Rockies sent Josh Rutledge down to Colorado Springs and traded Reid Brignac to the Yankees.
With the recent injury bug plaguing the Rockies outfield, Colorado again called the Sky Sox. This time it would be for OF Tyler Colvin.
Colvin probably could have made the opening-day roster for the Rockies; in fact, many would argue he should of. That said, instead of sulking in the disappointment, Colvin was a solid slugger for the Sky Sox making sure his name was the easy choice when Colorado needed outfield help.
Colvin has made the most of his time with the big club thus far. He has had at least one RBI in every game since being called up, with Tuesday being his best outing as the Rockies defeated the Washington Nationals. Trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning, Colvin tied the game with a two-run blast. Colvin would add insurance to a Rockies lead in the eighth inning with his second long ball of the night.
Once again, because of the play of Colvin, the Rockies find themselves in a tough spot. Of course, this is a good problem, as you always want the best players on the roster. But, tough decisions will have to be made and you can more than likely anticipate more roster news out of Colorado in the very near future.
Maybe it’s simply coincidence and dumb luck the anomaly that is taking place with Sky Sox players. Or in the spirit of the countless “feel good” stories coming out of Coors Field this season, maybe the Rockies have found their own “Field of Dreams” in a high-altitude city called Colorado Springs.