The Rockies have committed to paying minor leaguers through at least the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean they’re keeping all of them. The club has released around 34 minor leaguers over the past couple months, Kyle Newman of the Denver Post reports. The most prominent member of the bunch may be right-hander Tim Melville, whose fate has been known for a couple of weeks.
Along with Melville, Baseball America has publicized the names of the minors players the Rockies have subtracted. Righty Jordan Foley was among those let go. Now 26 years old, Foley became a pro in 2014 when the Yankees chose him in the fifth round of that year’s draft. He pitched in the Yankees’ system through 2018, after which they traded him to the Rockies for fellow righty Jefry Valdez.
In 2019, his first and only season with the Colorado organization, Foley posted a 4.78 ERA/3.60 FIP with 10.03 K/9 and 4.17 BB/9 in 58 1/3 innings at the Double-A level. Foley told Newman his release “definitely caught me off guard… It sucks I didn’t have an opportunity to force their hand and earn a spot this spring. That’s the worst part about it in my mind.”