The latest minor moves from around the game…
- The Rockies have signed right-hander Alec Asher to a minor-league deal, per Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Asher, 27, has appeared briefly in the majors for the Phillies, Orioles, and Brewers; in 2015, the then-Ranger farmhand was part of the massive deadline deal that sent Cole Hamels to Texas. In 119 2/3 big-league innings, over parts of four seasons, Asher has made 38 appearances (18 starts) and pitched to a 5.18 ERA/5.24 FIP/5.23 xFIP, striking out 5.97 men per nine and walking just 2.87. An extreme fly-ball hurler, Asher seems an odd fit, even as an emergency back-end replacement, for Denver’s thin air. Pitching 70 miles to the south last season for Milwaukee’s AAA-Colorado Springs affiliate, Asher was shredded: the 6’4 righty struck out just 4.56 men per nine en route to a 6.05 ERA/5.62 FIP in 16 starts. He’ll almost surely begin the season back in the PCL, but may at some point slide in to the back end of the rotation currently occupied by a mix of Tyler Anderson, Chad Bettis, and Antonio Senzatela.
Ski to Coors
Albuquerque rotation is already full, not sure how this is going to work. Wonder if he’s moving to the bullpen.
Yency Almonte, Peter Lambert, Rico Garcia, Sam Howard, Ryan Castellani. They’ve also already got Evan Grills and Chi Chi Gonzalez.
Dr. Chim Richalds
I was just wondering about Albuquerque’s rotation myself.
Not all of them will start at triple a, my guess is