NL West Links: Bauer, Broxton, Cook, Brach

It's Panda-monium at Coors Field tonight, as Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle against the Rockies.  Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Sandoval's cycle was the 25th in Giants history and the 10th since the club moved to San Francisco.  If you had Sandoval and George Kottaras in a "who will hit for the cycle?" pool this season, you are now a multi-millionaire.

Some items from the NL West…

  • Kevin Towers hinted to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that the Diamondbacks may not call up Trevor Bauer in September.  Towers thought the young prospect could have pitched too many innings for UCLA and in the minors this year.
  • Jonathan Broxton will likely be shut down for the season after suffering a setback with his injured elbow, reports MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. This probably also spells the end for Broxton with the Dodgers, as the right-hander is a free agent this winter.  Don Mattingly was non-committal when talking about if Broxton could be back in L.A. next season.
  • Aaron Cook isn't planning to retire and wants to pitch in the Majors next season, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post.  Cook is set to start on Wednesday in the Rockies' last home game of the season, and it will likely be his last appearance with the team — Colorado is expected to decline Cook's $11MM option for 2012 and buy him out for $500K.  MLB.com's Thomas Harding describes Cook's start as "a thank you for his long run with the organization," as Cook is the Rockies' all-time wins leader.
  • The Rockies will install a humidor at their Triple-A stadium in Colorado Springs, reports Jim Krieger of the Denver Post.  The team feels its pitching prospects can't properly develop by throwing in the thin air, and Colorado Springs' 6.41 team ERA this season is evidence.
  • Brad Brach's journey from being a 42nd-round draft pick to pitching in the Padres bullpen is detailed by MLB.com's Corey Brock.


15 Responses to NL West Links: Bauer, Broxton, Cook, Brach Leave a Reply

  1. Mr_Anderson1017 4 years ago

    More like Kevin Towers decided not to bring up Bauer because he got thrashed in his last two outings..

    • EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

      Maybe he got thrashed because he threw to many innings and is tired.

      • dirtydez 4 years ago

        Signing that early kinda backfired in the short term.  He led college in innings pitched and threw everyday at the Texas Baseball Ranch this summer.  He was smoking AA hitters but recently hit the wall.  Shut him down, there’s no point to push him even more at this point. 

        • EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

          I agree with the words that be coming out of your fingers. He’ll have a long career; no need to rush him now.

  2. Gator4444 4 years ago

    Dbacks future is very bright.  Skaggs, Parker, Bradley and Bauer to put along side Kennedy and Hudson down the road.  Towers will get credit but Jerry DiPoto has done a fine job in the desert. 

  3. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Didn’t see it, but just wondering how the hell Pandoval legged out a triple. 

  4. thegrayrace 4 years ago

    I had been arguing to trade Broxton since last year’s All-Star break. An awful non-move by the Dodgers front office.

    • BlackDahliaMurder24 4 years ago

      The strange part was I don’t even recall any rumors involving Broxton during the deadline this year. That tells me they didnt even shop him around. Does he project as a type a or b free agent? Or is he unranked?

      • thegrayrace 4 years ago

        He was injured before prior to the All-Star break and trade deadline. Not to mention, he had been utterly ineffective since the All-Star break in 2010… 3 saves to finish off the 2010 season (with a 7.13 ERA and 2.125 WHIP), only 7 saves in 2011 (with a 5.68 ERA and 1.895 WHIP).

        But it was clear at the 2010 All-Star break that the Dodgers should’ve been sellers, and Broxton was probably their best commodity to move, considering he had only another year on his contract and his salary was getting pretty high. But Ned doesn’t seem to get the concept of selling in a losing season, which is why we end up with Theriot, Lilly, Dotel, etc… and Rivera this season… and let guys like Broxton walk with no return.

        I’d guess with his year and a half of injury and mediocrity, Broxton would be Type B at best, but is probably unranked…

        • BlackDahliaMurder24 4 years ago

          I didn’t realize how bad he has been the past year and a half! Ned seems to have a similar take on the trade deadline during a losing season that Jim Hendry did with the Cubs in that sell is not in the vocabulary. Why sell when we can buy? Hope fully they can get Kershaw and Kemp signed to long term deals, even though I’m a D-backs fan I love being able to watch two amazingly talented players like them.

      • thegrayrace 4 years ago

        He was injured before prior to the All-Star break and trade deadline. Not to mention, he had been utterly ineffective since the All-Star break in 2010… 3 saves to finish off the 2010 season (with a 7.13 ERA and 2.125 WHIP), only 7 saves in 2011 (with a 5.68 ERA and 1.895 WHIP).

        But it was clear at the 2010 All-Star break that the Dodgers should’ve been sellers, and Broxton was probably their best commodity to move, considering he had only another year on his contract and his salary was getting pretty high. But Ned doesn’t seem to get the concept of selling in a losing season, which is why we end up with Theriot, Lilly, Dotel, etc… and Rivera this season… and let guys like Broxton walk with no return.

        I’d guess with his year and a half of injury and mediocrity, Broxton would be Type B at best, but is probably unranked…

  5. The bigger problem at Colorado Springs is not the thin air but the lack of top shelf or next shelf down pitching quality. The Rockies lack legitimate talent in Triple-A. That’s more the reason for the inflated ERA.

    Rockies Analyst (google)

    and

    Colorado Rockies Prospects Report (google)

  6. angryredmenace 4 years ago

    what’s the rush with Bauer? I say they should wait on bringing him up, give him some time to rest and work out his recent problems(bad outings) and let see what he has next year.Maybe start him in triple A at the beginning of the season and if he excels, call him up.

  7. chico65 4 years ago

    Just great.  Now they won’t develop properly because they’ll be too busy smoking stogies.

  8. SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years ago

    Better make that DAVE Krieger of the Post.

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