Antonio Senzatela makes his big-league debut in the Rockies season-opening series finale at Milwaukee Thursday afternoon. While Senzatela had a 4.61 ERA during the spring he caught the attention of the Rockies and scouts from other teams with not only his velocity but his ability to pitch, moving the ball up and down, and in and out to hitters.
The numbers that stick out from his 27 1/3 innings over five spring appearances were three walks and 27 strikeouts.
Senzatela was ranked the 10th best prospect in the Rockies system prior to this season by Baseball America. He is 41-19 with a 2.45 ERA in 88 minor league starts.
Shoulder problems that did not require surgery led to him spending two lengthy stints on the disabled list at Double-A last year, but he was 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA in seven starts, striking out 27 and walking nine in 35 innings.
LHP KYLE FREELAND, ranked the 8th best prospect in the organization by Baseball America, makes his big-league debut in Friday’s home opener against the Dodgers.
The Rockies are looking for the rookies to turn around an early struggle for the Rockies rotation. While the Rockies won two of their first three games in Milwaukee starters Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson and Tyler Chatwood combined for an 8.04 ERA. It’s the highest ERA in the NL, and 28th among the 30 Major League teams.
The Yankees (8.74) and White Sox (10.13) have the two worst ERAs in the AL.
LHP CHRIS RUSIN, on the disabled list because of a right oblique injury, will make a rehab assignment appearance in Triple-A Albuquerque’s season-opener against Salt Lake City tonight. He is scheduled to work three innings or throw 45 pitches.
Rusin arrived at spring training in contention for a spot in either the rotation or bullpen. Now the Rockies are looking at him as a reliever while he rebuilds the shoulder strength.
TWO FORMER BREWERS, Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra, have enjoyed the season’s first three games at Miller Park. They are both hitting .545, tops in the NL among players with at least 10 at-bats.
Reynolds has five RBI, tied with Joc Pederson of the Dodgers and Travis Shaw of the Brewers for the NL lead. Parra is one back with four RBI.
THE ROCKIES are among six NL teams without an error. The other five teams are the Braves, Cardinals, Phillies, Marlins and Nationals. There are four AL teams which have not committed an error _ the Orioles, Royals, Twins and As.