Spring training always brings about some surprises, and the Colorado Rockies look to finally have some luck on their sides after an injury riddled 2017 spring to the roster and of course the big one with Ian Desmond being out until possibly early May.
The two pitchers to watch out for are pitchers Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela. Both are talented young pitchers, as evidenced by Freeland being ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Colorado Rockies’ organization by Baseball America and Senzatela rated No. 10. However, it seemed neither had a chance to open the season in the major-league rotation when spring training began.
Right-hander Chad Bettis will begin the season on the disabled list, though, after his testicular cancer sadly returned earlier this month. Top prospect Jeff Hoffman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque following a difficult Cactus League season.
Thus, the left-handed Freeland and right-handed Senzatela both have a good chance of making the team. Freeland has posted a 3.48 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 20.2 innings this spring while Senzatela has a 4.97 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 25.1 innings.
Last season, the 23-year-old Freeland was a combined a 11-10 with a 3.89 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 26 starts with Albuquerque and Double-A Hartford. Senzatela, 22, was limited to seven starts at Hartford because of shoulder tendinitis but had a 4-1 record, 1.82 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
“Both of these kids might take their lumps early on but are going to be good pitchers in the long run,” a scout from a National League team said. “Freeland has good sink on his fastball and good mound presence. Plus, he grew up in Denver, so I don’t think pitching at altitude will affect him mentally.
“Senzatela’s pure stuff is better but he’s very raw and might be overmatched in the big leagues at this stage of his career.”
By John Perrotto