Rockies Leave Roster Room to Deal

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.

                                                    The Roster:
No.   Name B/T Ht Wt DOB
62 Yency Almonte S/R 6’3″ 205lbs 6/4/1994
44 Tyler Anderson L/L 6’4″ 210lbs 12/30/1989
35 Chad Bettis R/R 6’1″ 200lbs 4/26/1989
29 Shane Carle R/R 6’4″ 185lbs 8/30/1991
47 Jairo Diaz R/R 6’0″ 200lbs 5/27/1991
38 Mike Dunn L/L 6’0″ 215lbs 5/23/1985
54 Carlos Estevez R/R 6’4″ 210lbs 12/28/1992
31 Kyle Freeland L/L 6’3″ 170lbs 5/14/1993
Rayan Gonzalez R/R 6’3″ 175lbs 10/18/1990
55 Jon Gray R/R 6’4″ 235lbs 11/5/1991
34 Jeff Hoffman R/R 6’5″ 225lbs 1/8/1993
Sam Howard L/R 6’4″ 187lbs 3/5/1993
Zach Jemiola L/R 6’3″ 200lbs 4/6/1994
48 German Marquez R/R 6’1″ 185lbs 2/22/1995
45 Scott Oberg R/R 6’2″ 205lbs 3/13/1990
0 Adam Ottavino S/R 6’5″ 220lbs 11/22/1985
60 Zac Rosscup R/L 6’2″ 220lbs 6/9/1988
52 Chris Rusin L/L 6’2″ 195lbs 10/22/1986
49 Antonio Senzatela R/R 6’1″ 180lbs 1/21/1995
Jesus Tinoco R/R 6’4″ 190lbs 4/30/1995
Catchers
# Name B/T Ht Wt DOB
23 Tom Murphy R/R 6’1″ 220lbs 4/3/1991
Chris Rabago RR 5’11” 185lbs 4/22/1993
14 Tony Wolters L/R 5’10” 200lbs 6/9/1992
n  Infield
# Name B/T Ht Wt DOB
28 Nolan Arenado R/R 6’2″ 205lbs 4/16/1991
9 DJ LeMahieu R/R 6’4″ 215lbs 7/13/1988
24 Ryan McMahon L/R 6’2″ 185lbs 12/14/1994
Jordan Patterson L/L 6’4″ 215lbs 2/12/1992
27 Trevor Story R/R 6’1″ 210lbs 11/15/1992
4 Pat Valaika R/R 5’11” 200lbs 9/9/1992
Outfield
# Name B/T Ht Wt DOB
19 Charlie Blackmon L/L 6’3″ 210lbs 7/1/1986
Noel Cuevas R/R 6’2″ 210lbs 10/2/1991
David Dahl L/R 6’2″ 195lbs 4/1/1994
Yonathan Daza R/R 6’2″ 190lbs 2/28/1994
20 Ian Desmond R/R 6’3″ 215lbs 9/20/1985
8 Gerardo Parra L/L 5’11” 210lbs 5/6/1987
7 Raimel Tapia L/L 6’2″ 160lbs 2/4/1994
3 Mike Tauchman L/L 6’2″ 200lbs 12/3/1990
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