Jorge De La Rosa made his 2016 Cactus League debut today. He threw a perfect three innings, retiring all nine batters faced. Tyler Chatwood followed with two innings of work giving up a run. Yohan Flande came on for the next two innings giving up a single run on a sac fly. Sam Moll tossed a clean eighth, but Carlos Estevez gave the game to the Reds by giving up three runs in the ninth when they took a 5-3 lead. He can pump 97 MPH fastballs, but they were straight as an arrow. If the B-lineup can hit Estevez hard, then he needs to come up with a quality second pitch to keep batters off balance.
Nolan was being Nolan today. He had a solo shot to go along with a double. He also turned in the best highlight reel of the entire Cactus League season when he started the double play that ended the Reds’ threat to blow open the fourth inning. Jordan Pacheco hit a bouncer down the line which looked like it might roll into the outfield corner. Snatched, jump throw while momentum was going away from second base, hits the second baseman perfectly, and the relay to first completed the double play.
The “Big P” nickname is no longer attached to JDLR. It now belongs to Chris Rusin who is dealing with a finger blister. I’ve also given a new nickname to Trevor Story. His new nickname is “Tulo 2.7”. He wears number 27 and he fields his position flawlessly. He has a very strong arm to boot.
In other Rockies news, eight men were cut from the major league camp today. They are Kyle Freeland, Jeff Hoffman, David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, Dom Nunez, Will Swanner, Rosell Herrera, Matt Carasiti, and Harrison Musgrave. Darn, I was hoping to see Freeland and Hoffman make one appearance. Notable players still in the major league camp are Ryan Casteel, Sam Moll, and Jordan Patterson.