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The Rockies second half struggles have given prospects the opportunity to show their stuff. There is still a handful of impressive young talent brewing in the farm system that could merit promotion.
All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com.
In the 2010 MLB Draft, the Rockies acquired Christian Bergman in round 24 from UC-Irvine. Since then, he’s improved significantly in each of his four minor league seasons.
This year, Bergman has pitched more innings than any pitcher in the entire Rockies organization. In those 171 innings for Tulsa, he’s posted a 3.37 ERA with 111 strikeouts and a 1.08 WHIP. He’s walked just 23 batters all season.
Bergman has earned the right to display his stuff with a late season call-up.
Bergman’s teammate Kyle Parker is one of the more likely candidates for a late season call-up.
Parker, the Rockies No. 2 outfield prospect according to MLB.com and Baseball America, is hitting a crisp .286 with 23 homers and 73 RBI for Tulsa.
Take a trip about 700 miles to Colorado Springs and you’ll find another player more than deserving of getting recalled this month.
Ben Paulsen, 25, is hitting .294 with 18 homers and 79 RBI, numbers that certainly place him at the top of the list for a potential promotion.
Tim Wheeler is a name that’s been floating around the Rockies farm system for quite some time. A first-round draft pick in 2009, Wheeler has put up some huge numbers over his five years in the Rockies system.
However, this season he’s batting just .262 with five homers and 42 RBI for Colorado Springs.
Despite his struggles, Wheeler is another likely call-up later this month.