The Rockies left themselves with room to deal in using only 37 of the spots on their 40-man roster. New additions were outfielders Noel Cuevas and Yonathan Daza, left-hander Sam Howard, catcher Chris Rabago and right-hander Jesus Tinoco. Leaving three open spots on the 40-man roster gives the Rockies flexibility in case they sign a free agent prior to the Rule V draft of minor-league players at the winter meetings or decide to take a player in the draft.
Howard, who was selected in the third round of the 2014 Draft, was the Rockies’ No. 12 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. The 24-year-old was a combined 5-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque and Double-A Hartford.
Cuevas was acquired from the Dodgers in December of 2014 for right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio. Cuevas, 26, hit .312 with 15 home runs and 79 RBI at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017, his eighth season in professional baseball. He originally signed with the Dodgers as a 21st round draft choice in 2010.
Daza, who recently wrapped up an impressive stint in the Arizona Fall League, slashed .341/.376/.466 and stole 31 bases last year for Class A Advanced Lancaster.
Rabago, who was selected in the 13th round of the 2014 Draft out of UC Irvine, threw out 36 percent of attempted stolen bases last season for Lancaster while hitting .272 with a .350 on-base percentage.
Tinoco was acquired by the Rockies from the Blue Jays as part of the Troy Tulowitzki trade. Last season, he was 11-4 with a 4.67 ERA in 24 starts for Lancaster.