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Welcome to another season of Sky Sox baseball! The 2011 campaign promises to be an exciting one and we look forward to bringing you a closer look at the happenings in Colorado Springs and beyond.
With the Rockies just a few days away from breaking camp, lets empty the notebook and recap some of the highlights from spring training.
- The surprise (to some) of the spring was catcher/infielder Jordan Pacheco. The budding star was hitting well over .400 for much of camp, finishing at .286 with one homer and 8 RBI, and so impressed the coaching staff that he was one of the final cuts of the spring, despite having never advanced past the Double-A level and playing only 21 games for the Tulsa Drillers last season. His performance has likely earned him the starting nod for the Sky Sox this season.
- The Pacheco situation was fascinating because his presence on the Rockies would have meant they would carry three catchers, a rather rare occurrence for Major League teams.
- Another strong performer from the spring who will begin the year with the Sky Sox is reliever Matt Daley. The decision was a difficult one for Rockies Manager Jim Tracey, who elected to carry a fifth starter instead of an extra reliever. Daley didn’t allow a single earned run all spring over seven appearances and will be a key member of the Sky Sox bullpen.
- The Sky Sox rotation will likely feature a mixture of established Major League veterans and up and coming players. Players with Major League service time including John Maine (Mets), Eric Stults (Dodgers), and Clayton Mortensen (Cardinals, Athletics) will anchor a rotation replete with veteran experience. Mortensen, who won 13 games last season with the Sacramento River Cats, enjoyed a great spring posting a 0.82 ERA over 11 innings.
- Former first round pick Greg Reynolds is rounding back into form after a serious shoulder injury sustained in 2009 and will also begin the season in the Sky Sox rotation.
- Potential outfielders Willy Taveras, Cole Garner and Charlie Blackmon hit .350, .364, and .314 respectively and could prove to be a potent trio for the Sox this season.
- Yesterday, the Rockies acquired third baseman Josh Fields from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Fields is expected to provide depth at the position for the organization and is slated to be the Sky Sox opening day starter at third.
Every Saturday this season, we’ll be posting Sky Sox news and notes from the previous week that encompass everything from odd occurances to hot streaks. Here’s the first installment.
Opening Day, April 9 vs. Las Vegas:
LET’S GET IT STARTED: The Sky Sox open up their 22nd season of baseball today with a home match-up against the Las Vegas 51s. In their previous 21 seasons, the Sox are 9-12 in season openers and 10-11 in their first home games of the season. Today’s game will mark the second time that Colorado Springs has started the season against Las Vegas and the second time they’ve started the season at home against the 51s (previous season opener vs. LVG: 4/7/05, 3-8 loss). The Sky Sox have lost their last four season openers and last recorded a win in the opener in 2004 at Nashville (6-3 win).
OPENING DAY STARTERS: Sox starting pitcher Greg Reynolds is making his second straight Opening Day start for the Sky Sox today becoming the fourth pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts in the Sox 22 year history. He joins Mike Walker (1989-90), Mark Brownson (1998-99) and Jason Young (2003-04) in that catagory. The only other pitcher to make more than one Opening Day start on the mound for Colorado Springs is John Thompson who was the Opening Day starter for the Sox in 1997 and 2001.
April 10 vs. Las Vegas:
150 VICTORIES: With their win last night, the Sky Sox have now won 150 regular season games against Las Vegas which is the most for the Sox against any one PCL team. The Sox overall record against Vegas is now 150-136 (3-2 in the post season).
TORONTO: Last night’s game marked the first time in the Sky Sox’ 22-year history that the team has faced off against a team affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Sox have now played against 19 of the 30 Major League affiliates.
April 11 vs. Las Vegas:
THAT SPELLS RELIEF: Through the first two games of the season, the Sox bullpen has shoulder a good bit of the workload. Combined, the Sox relief core has tossed 9.1 innings and given up just 2 ER (1.93 ERA) and struck out 10.
MISCUES: For the second straight game, the Sky Sox committed three errors but still won the contest. In the Sox’ 22-year history the team has accomplished that feat six times now. The last time it happened was nine years ago when Springs did it on August 8th and 9th of 1999 at Fresno (Won 14-11 with 14 R, 19 H, 3 E) and vs. Edmonton (Won 10-8 with 10 R, 17 H, 3 E).