Colorado Rockies News: Colorado Rockies bank on Ezequiel Tovar to bring change on and off the field

Mired in their fourth straight losing season, the Colorado Rockies have been testing the patience of their fans over the past few years. Huge offseason payday to Kris Bryant kicked off on a truly terrible start, they’re setting up for one of the worst road records in franchise history and the offense has been generally anemic, especially by standards. of Coors Field.

But while 20th and Blake’s on-field product has shown little to no improvement, there has been progress behind the scenes.

It started with the 2021 Fresno Grizzlies roster, featuring top prospects Drew Romo, Ezequiel Tovar and Zac Veen. While Romo and Veen stayed for the playoffs in Fresno that season, Tovar jumped to High-A Spokane in August when he was nearly four years younger than the league average and didn’t has since stopped increasing.

A new core has begun to form, and with each passing game, the Colorado Rockies’ dreams are getting closer to reality. José Iglesias was already signed on as a back-up shortstop – a position that local products have held for a very long time – but the plan was clear: Tovar was the future of the position and the front office was not afraid of him. admit.

Becoming the next great local shortstop has high expectations for ‘Tovi’, but so far he seems confident in his abilities to handle him: ‘Oh no, no pressure at all. I just want to go out there and be the best version of myself and go out there and play the best I can.

He’s not the only farmhand Bill Schmidt has praised this year. Former first-round pick Michael Toglia had been discussed at length as he climbed the upper tiers of the minors. Schmidt even went so far as to mention it in the same breath as Colorado legend Todd Helton.

Toglia got the call and made his debut at the end of August. And now so is Tovar, going 2-for-4 in his first taste of the major leagues on Friday.

The arrival of Tovar is significant for a number of reasons, the most notable being the opportunity gained in its development.

While his game still needs fine-tuning – mostly in his plate discipline and pitching selection – his defense has been big league ready for some time now and the progress he’s made with the bat is truly remarkable. So remarkable, in fact, that he is now the youngest positional player in franchise history.

“Every baseball player’s dream is to be a big leaguer. So it’s definitely a dream come true and accomplished. But it’s a lot to take in right now. said Tovar when asked about his first taste of the majors.

His arrival also means a change in expectations. There will be bumps in the road for Tovar the player, and he will have the chance to learn on the job as any late-season prospect call should. But these learning experiences happen in low-leverage situations, with no major consequences when the hiccups occur.

That safety net, for him and Toglia, is to help them set themselves up for success when the opportunity for winning moments arises. And that’s what the Rockies brand has sold in recent seasons; the promise of better days to come.

The organization has floundered in its attempts to break out of a deep-rooted apathy in the fanbase since the Nolan Arenado trade became official. And, no matter how tired you are of hearing about it, this saga is what still defines the organization.

But now there is Toglia and Tovar, present and explained. Behind them are Veen and Romo with Benny Montgomery and the core of the Fresno Grizzlies rising from the horizon. It’s a legit crop of leads that has earned the franchise a noticeable boost in lead circles and started to generate genuine fan enthusiasm again.

However, they are still years away from real competition. Probably not before 2024, at the earliest. And the front office still has work to do to fill this emerging core with better surrounding talent, the playoff years of 2018 and 2019 have been the lesson of that. But seeing Ezequiel Tovar and Michael Toglia take the field is a start…a pretty good start for a franchise that has seen little progress in recent years.

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Pujols joins the 700 home run club with a pair of HR | MLB

It was a historic night in Los Angeles as Albert Pujols hit two home runs to become the fourth player in baseball history to hit 700 home runs, joining Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). ). The first homer came in Andrew Heaney’s third inning, the second milestone in Phil Bickford’s fourth. Pujols joins Aaron as the only players with 3,000 hits and 700 homers in their career.

Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela battles ACL injury: ‘It’s part of life’ | Denver Post

Mike Singer chats with Antonio Senzatela, who is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee on August 18. Although Senzatela is feeling better and walking, he still has a long way to go in his 8-10 month rehab program and still can’t do baseball activities involving his lower half. It was a bad mark to end a difficult season, and Senzatela knows it. “Every month something happened to me,” he said. “…It’s a bad year.”

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At the farm

Triple-A: Sugar Land Space Cowboys 6, Albuquerque Isotopes 4

The Isotopes were put in a hole early as the Space Cowboys knocked out four runs from starter Logan Allen in the first inning, three heading home on a swing catching prospect Korey Lee. Allen would settle in, posting zeros for the next four innings while receiving offensive support in the form of scoring singles by Carlos Perez and Jonathon Morales in a three-run fifth. But, Lee struck again, taking Allen deep for the second time in the sixth and putting Albuquerque behind for good. Brenton Doyle continued his strong Triple-A performance in the loss, recording three hits and his second triple in as many games.

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