April 10, 2011
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Greg Reynolds made a statement on the mound in Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
Throughout spring training, the former No. 1 draft pick never made excuses.
Despite being injured for the majority of the past two seasons, and being labeled a bust after just 14 Major League appearances when he was 22 years old, Reynolds never complained.
He kept reiterating that it was time for him to show what he could do.
On Saturday, in a 6-4 Rockies victory in Pittsburgh, Reynolds made a statement with his right arm that should quiet the legions of critics that took it out on him for being the Rockies first round pick in 2007.
Colorado drafted the Stanford alumnus in front of the likes of Tim Lincecum, Evan Longoria and Clayton Kershaw. Obviously, those draft picks have made a bigger impact than Reynolds.
For all of the blame that Reynolds takes for not panning out the way the club envisioned him, none of it was his fault. He is who he is. He can only be the pitcher that he knows how to be.
On Saturday night, he did just that. He went six strong innings, giving up just three hits. He walked two and struck out two.
His lone mistake came on a high fastball to Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit, who deposited the ball behind the center-field fence.
The performance came on a night when the Rockies needed a good outing on the mound. On Friday, the Rockies used their entire bullpen, including closer Huston Street for three innings, in a 14-inning loss.
A night after being robbed on a ball hit hard down the line, Ty Wigginton once again hit a ball down the line. This time, however, the ball got past third baseman Pedro Alvarez, which allowed three runs to score on a double.
The win underscores the Rockies depth. No team that has played at Coors Field has ever had as much talent as this Rockies team.
When an ace like Ubaldo Jimenez needs to skip a couple of starts with a bad fingernail, having a pitcher like Greg Reynolds come up and give a performance like Saturday's is very relieving.
Couple that with the fact that Esmil Rogers is already filling the hole in the rotation left by Aaron Cook shows that the Rockies have seven Major League-ready starters.
The win continues a hot start for the Rockies, putting them at 5-2 on the young season.
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