The Rockies have re-signed lefty Yohan Flande, according to the list of recent official minor league signings from Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. Colorado will also bring back fellow southpaw Jason Gurka.
Both Flande and Gurka were non-tendered by the Rockies earlier in the winter to clear 40-man space, though neither was eligible for arbitration.
Flande, soon to turn 30, has seen quite a bit of time in the majors over the last two years as the organization sought to fill in its staff. Working in a swingman capacity, he’s tallied 127 1/3 innings of 4.95 ERA pitching, with 5.4 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9. Flande carries an impressive 58.9% groundball rate, though he also showed a susceptibility to the long ball last year (1.84 HR/9, 25.5% HR/FB).
Gurka debuted in Denver last year, allowing eight earned runs in just 7 2/3 innings. Soon to turn 28, the longtime Orioles farmhand has turned in some solid seasons in the minors recently. Last year, he worked to a 2.86 ERA over 63 frames at the Double-A and Triple-A levels, with 7.6 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9.