The Rockies recently released southpaw Zac Rosscup, according to the latest Baseball America transactions log. It seems the organization determined he would not be a part of the 60-man player pool and was not otherwise worth keeping under contract.
Also cut loose by the Rox were fellow lefty Evan Grills and infielder Carlos Herrera. The BA report also mentions that the Colorado organization parted ways with Kelby Tomlinson, a transaction that MLBTR recently reported.
Rosscup, 32, has seen action in six of the past seven MLB campaigns. But he has really never held down a consistent job in a big-league bullpen. Rosscup appeared with three teams in 2019 alone.
All told, the former 28th-round draft pick has compiled a 5.16 ERA in 83 2/3 innings at the game’s highest level. While he owns an excellent 12.2 K/9 over that run, he has also surrendered 5.9 free passes and 1.6 home runs per regulation game. Through 115 career frames at Triple-A, he owns a similar K/BB mix but has found much greater success (2.74 ERA) by avoiding the long ball (0.5 per nine).
Every time Rosscup is released by another team, I worry a little.
You shouldn’t – he’ll worry me more by ending up in Oakland – not a lot of lefty bullpen depth at the moment.
Dodgers legend Zac Rosscup
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