Kris Bryant is set to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday, per Danielle Allentuck of the Denver Gazette (via Twitter). The club hopes he’ll be ready to rejoin the team when they head to Minnesota, per MLB.com’s Thomas Harding (via Twitter). Bryant’s first season with the Rockies certainly hasn’t gone as planned. The 30-year-old left fielder has slashed .270/.342/.333 in a mere 73 plate appearances. Needless to say, the former MVP has yet to really make his impact felt on the last-place Rockies.
- Ketel Marte suffered a grade 1 lateral hamstring strain, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert (via Twitter). Marte is day-t0-day for now. The Diamondbacks’ second baseman is hitting .269/.341/.435 over249 plate appearances this season. Unlike in years past, Marte has really been able to settle in at second base this season.
- Pedro Severino began his rehab assignment playing first base, per The Athletic’s Will Sammon (via Twitter). The Brewers will have a bit of a logjam at catcher when Severino is ready. Victor Caratini and Omar Narvaez have both posted 0.9 rWAR while splitting time behind the dish for the Brewers. It’s not inconceivable that the team could carry three catchers, but doing so wouldn’t necessarily maximize their offense, even if Severino or Caratini spent time at first base.
“Needless to say, the former MVP has yet to really make his impact felt on the last-place Rockies.”
I disagree. He has contributed to the Rockies being in last place.
Mike Fiers absolutely destroyed Kris Bryant’s career.
I even gave this a Google search. Know idea what he’s talking about.
Mike Fiers is the member of the Astros 2017 team that told the world his team was cheating. Not sure what that has to do with Kris Bryant.
Bryant hasn’t been the same since German Marquez threw a 96 mph fastball and hit his head. That’s who ruined his career.
Weird contract to begin with. While others were applauding the Rockies for ‘going for it’, I thought that it was a terrible signing. And that contract is only going to get worse…
Where were the people applauding it? Everyone here, with a few exceptions, completely trashed this deal from the second it was announced. As a Rockies fan, I didn’t hate it because I think I can see into the future based on a few numbers like other. I hated it simply because I have spent the last seven years of my baseball watching experience really not liking Bryant and now I am supposed to like him.
I am still a Rockies fan, but I am very apathetic whenever 182 million is shown on screen.
But you won’t see that 182 million on screen very much because he’ll spend more of his Rockies existence on the injured list than the active roster.
The only people that defended the bryant contract are the same ones that defend everything the rockies do, no matter how obviously stupid it is.
To me the Bryant contract never made sense because they traded away their franchise player in Nolan. Didn’t resign Story. I was assuming to rebuild and save money. Then they go and give a declining superstar a contract like that.
Never made sense to me.
The Rockies aren’t inclined to do a much needed real teardown. They waiver constantly on attempting to be relevant in a football and outdoors market. They have lost a lot of the good baseball people they have had. Tough to build a staff there. It’s been done.
Angels & NL West
Let’s hope the Rox have better luck with Bryant’s contract than the Angels are having with Rendon’s.
My crystal ball says they won’t..
Seen Severino last night playing in Chattanooga. He looked great.
The Brewers have received pretty darn good results behind the plate from Narvaez and Caratini. I see why they are looking for another place for Severino to play as defense hasn’t been Severino’s calling card over his career. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Brewers will look to trade one of their catchers to a team like Houston. Unless Severino finds his power stroke in a big way, it doesn’t make sense to play him at 1B as they can get better offensive production elsewhere.
Last night he was at 1B. Don’t know the guy who playing catcher last night but he looks promising.
Of course he was at 1B.
Why would the Astros want Severino? He’s exactly the sort of Catcher they stay away from. Their ML team is built around defense and pitching. Besides, they have a few youngsters in the minors they’re developing.
Additionally, most MLB teams now understand the importance of a Catcher has nothing at all to do with whether he can hit better than other catchers (any hitting is a bonus). Heck, even the Yankees learned that. MLB is not rotisserie league.
Am sure Severino will find a team that’s desperate. Maybe do some DH’ing and pinch-hitting along with catching some meaningless games if the team is out of the playoff race. A warm body.
Severino is a lot better than what a lot of teams have behind the plate as a backup catcher.
Severino is better than what some teams have starting.
One good thing about Bryant. At least he has not been subjected to wearing those ugly green uniforms.
Que all the comments about how bad the KB signing was. Three…two..one…
Would that be not appropriate to mention? Of course, I think ALL these contracts are bad.
The contracts can’t b that bad if teams are still profiting and franchises are at record values.
That is an absurd over simplification. Successful businesses can have elements of inefficiency to them. Not every element of a successful operation is flawless. This is common sense. Your just throwing out a fallacy. Plus, your dealing in assumptions you can’t back up as you are not privy to inner financial info.
I’ve been privy to the Colorado Rockies internal mechanisms. From day one as an organization they have struggled on two fronts.
1) They are forced to develop pitchers almost entirely within their system. Given failure rate of any team at this, Denver creates a beast. Ubaldo Jimenez was THE perfect pitcher at elevation. High K booring sink.
2) An ownership that contends with two major other forms of entertainment. The Broncos, and the outdoors driven nature of the region. What happens is that ownership will form a plan…put staff in place…and then change the goal posts. It wore down some talented development side people. Some of them ended up with Atlanta. The Braves resurgence is built in some part on their contributions.
The Monforts are incredibly loyal people. But there’s a lot of shifting sand in Denver
All owners, GMs etc make bad moves at some point. The Rockies are probably at more of a disadvantage than any team so I can appreciate what a tough job they have.
Absolutely! And the Rockies play a tight margin game on the baseball and business sides in Denver. Many people will question the Kris Bryant signing. And maybe it doesn’t make sense in a vacuum when people would theorize to blow the team up. But a money signing sells lucrative seats. Coors is also a major vacation draw for families from all around. Maybe the deep fan sees a head shaker. But he’s an ex-Cub in a market that STILL adores the Cubs because of WGN. The Cubs were their team out there forever. Just so much in play. We’ll see….they need to hire people and let them stick to it. But it’s a situation given to failure.
In other words, it’s the management. All teams have other sports and outdoor activities in their area. Many have even more.
If the Rockies have trouble signing FA pitchers then why not overpay for pitching and not guys like Kris Bryant?
The Denver market analysis is long and exhausting. I’ll spare it here. As far as overpaying pitchers..that’s not a great idea usually, ASSUMIMG they can be had. Better to trade prospects for them in most cases. You hang a curve in the thin air in Denver at 5,000ft you pay dear. Baseball is usually a tight margin of error. Denver makes it lethal. Teams built for Coors will win anywhere, and they have. They’ve appeared in the World Series, and multiple playoffs.
Last time the Rockies went big on pitching was Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton. Didn’t go so well, and Neagle publicly embarrassed the franchise with his arrest. The Rockies are a LITTLE like the Royals culturally.
Go get me a centerfielder that can cover some ground, and elite level pitchers who can K people and drive balls into the dirt…and I’ll win ya some games at elevation. But its harder than it looks…hang an ordinary curve in most parks you’ll luck out and it’ll land on the warning track. At Coors that sucker is 15 rows deep and it plates 3 runs. I don’t know you’ve seen a game live there, but the ball visibly carries. It’s insane, and that park is huge too, it creates a lot of doubles.
The Brewers find themselves in a situation where with as thin as Catching depth is league wide they now have three potential trade chips they can choose from
The Brewers are excellent working with and improving catchers at the ML level. They were working with Severino. Other teams that excel that that – Tampa, Cleveland, Kansas City, LA, and Houston.
It’s like relief pitchers – always in demand, always a shortage. Fans think their team can trade for a name one. No. The good teams develop their own as the season moves on. Same with the CF shortage – the Phillies do not have a need for a CF, they’ve been working with 3 or 4 and are getting results (using a few at the corners at the end of games they’re ahead in).
Winning in MLB is now all about their teams coaches bringing out the best in the players on their roster, in-season.
Wonder if Kris gets bored in Colorado?
Kris always looks bored.
Outside of baseball I’m hard pressed to imagine anyone being bored on the front range. Denvers urban scene is nice, and if that’s not someone’s bag then it’s lined to the west by 14,000 foot beautiful mountains. By this point I’d assume he’s beyond being bored around a professional baseball clubhouse. The Rockies even when they aren’t wonderful on the field tend to be a jovial bunch lead by Charlie Blackmon in there.
I think it was an overpay, but it’s a little early to say the Bryant contract is a bust.
In the same way that it’s a little early to call the winner of a ten to nothing game in the eighth inning, but sure.
Bryant knew what he was doing in FA. Sign BIG money on a team that sucks so much, they don’t really need him. So he can milk this injury, get paid, and has no pressure to perform for a team going nowhere. Brilliant!
He’s a spoiled lowlife with value that was inflated by playing on a popular team. He’s now being exposed for what he is.
Did he kick your dog or something?
Mike Fiers is having the last laugh on this one.
I still don’t get that reference
What does fiers have to do with Bryant? Bryant also has 182 million reasons to not care what Fiers is “laughing” about.
A guy is 30 and used to be good. Yeah, let’s give him a huge contact.
You guys remember that time Kingman got picked off in Cincinnati to end the game?