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Since being sent down from the Rockies on April 27, Chris
Iannetta has led the Sky Sox attack. In six games since his debut on April 29,
Iannetta has batted .320 (8-for-25) with two home runs, seven runs scored, and
six RBI. Hitting fifth in the lineup on most nights, he has also appeared at first
base and designated hitter.
For an offense that has struggled at times this season, Sox
fans can be confident that Iannetta will continue to produce while in the Sox
lineup – his hot hitting is no fluke.
2010 being the catcher’s fourth stint with the club, he has compiled
a .328 average with six homers and 35 RBI in 72 games in the Springs. In 2006,
his sole extended stay, Iannetta hit .351 with three homers in 151 at-bats.
Not too shabby for a catcher.
And it would be nothing short of foolish to consider
Iannetta damaged goods in light of his struggles at the Major League level.
Though he did struggle to hit line drives – doing so in just over ten percent
of his batted balls this season – his lowly .118 batting average on balls in
play (BABIP) was certain to rise considerably.
Most batters’ BABIP centers around .300 with Iannetta’s
career mark standing at .279. Whether the backstop had timing issues, trouble
seeing the ball, or just bad luck with the Rockies remains to be seen.
However, one thing is certain: Iannetta is a near-lock to
produce while with the Sky Sox and will likely be back in Denver before long.
Iannetta Sent Down
Having taken the PCL by storm, heralded Sky Sox starter
Jhoulys Chacin was called up to the Rockies to fill the rotation slot of
injured Rox hurler Jorge de la Rosa.
With a 1.69 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21.1 innings (8.86 K/9
rate), the Denver brass decided it was the right time to give Chacin and his
big changeup another go-round against MLB hitters.
While it remains to be seen how Chacin will perform this time
around in the big leagues, there is no question that the Sky Sox’ best pitcher
has the requisite talent.
In four starts this season, Chacin has allowed just four
earned runs – all coming in his second start against Portland. His three other
trips to the hill all resulted in shutout victories for the Sox.
But Chacin is much more than just a high-octane, strikeout
With a high groundball:flyball ratio of nearly two, the
hurler follows Denver’s model of success for young pitchers to a T – throw low
strikes, miss bats, and kill as many worms as possible.
In short, Chacin is looking every bit the ace the Sky Sox
thought they had to start the year.
Though he will be sorely missed in the Colorado Springs rotation,
the Sky Sox couldn’t be more excited to see another one of their talented
youngsters graduate to the big leagues — and continue on with what should be a
long, illustrious career.
Iannetta to the
Rockies starting catcher, Chris Iannetta, was sent down to
Colorado Springs on Tuesday after scuffling out of the gate to begin the
season. With just four hits in 30 at-bats (.133), Iannetta managed just a .235
OBP and .333 slugging percentage – a far cry from his 18 home runs and .264
average that made him one of the best young catchers in the National League during
the ’08 campaign.
With fellow backstop Miguel Olivo relieving pressure from
the team with his torrid start, the Rockies thought that now was the perfect time
to give Iannetta some AAA at-bats to get him back on track.
The stint will be Iannetta’s fourth with Colorado Springs,
as he had spent parts of 2006, 2007, and 2009 with the club. Between those
three partial seasons, Iannetta was able to hit .336 with five homers in 260
With his talent, Iannetta should provide an immediate boost
to the Sky Sox catching corps that has struggled out of the gate thus far.
Incumbent Sox catchers Michael McKenry and Paul Phillips have hit just
14-for-67 (.209) to date with just one home run and five RBI.
Perhaps the biggest question yet to be resolved will be the dispersal of playing time between McKenry and Iannetta. While Iannetta will get plenty of at-bats by order of the big club, the Rox would be remiss to sacrifice the playing time of their best catching prospect, McKenry.
Thankfully, the Sky Sox can fall back on manager Stu Cole’s expertise and guidance, which will be critical in the handling of this situation.
Sky Sox closer Juan Rincon was promoted Tuesday
along with Chacin and Phillips. With five saves on the season, Rincon will
provide a boost to the Rox’ relief corps.
To fill the rotation spot vacated by Jhoulys
Chacin, the Sox will call upon swing man Alan Johnson (0-0, 3.60). Allowing
just one earned run in his first two starts, Johnson is proving once again how
valuable a commodity he is – providing depth in the ‘pen while still a great
option to fill in for spot duty. Johnson finished second on the team in innings
pitched (143.0 IP) last season while tying with Brandon Hynick for first in
Sox relievers Kurt Birkins and Matt Wilhite were
activated to fill Chacin’s and Rincon’s roster spots.
Joining the Sky Sox today on a Major League rehab assignment is catcher Chris Iannetta. Iannetta becomes the fourth ML rehab player on the Sox roster along with Franklin Morales, Matt Daley and Ryan Speier.
In other roster news, catcher Edwin Bellorin was called up by the Rockies today to take the place of Yorvit Torreabla who has gone home for personal reasons. To replace Bellorin on the roster, the Rockies transfered catcher Austin Rauch from Extended Spring to the Sky Sox. Rauch has not played above Rookie level ball so far in his career having played for Tri-City last year and Casper the two years prior to that. Last season, Rauch hit .200 with four homers and 17 RBI in 49 games.
Here’s Stu Cole’s lineup for tonight’s match-up with the Fresno Grizzlies:
Eric Young Jr. – 2B
Mike McCoy – RF
Kenny Perez – 3B
Matt Miller – LF
Chris Iannetta – C
Mark Bellhorn – 1B
Chris Frey – CF
Jonathan Herrera – SS
Brandon Hynick – SP
A few notes on the lineup today: Carlos Gonzalez is not in the lineup after hitting a ball off his right shin during last night’s game. Gonzalez left the game after popping out later in the at-bat, after hitting a homer and driving in four on the night, but the injury is not serious and he should be back in the lineup soon. With his four RBIs last night, Gonzalez now leads all of baseball with 59 RBIs. Evan Longoria leads the Majors with 55 RBIs.
Starting pitcher Brandon Hynick will be batting ninth in the lineup today as the two National League affiliated teams square off. Normally the pitcher’s spot in the lineup is an easy out but not with Hynick in the there. On the year, Hynick is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a homer, three doubles and three RBIs. Opposing pitcher Matt Kinney should not take Hynick lightly.