Tyler Chatwood is part of a select group: major-league pitchers 6-feet and under. The Rockies list him at 6-feet, though that might be in high-tops. The last Rockies pitcher his size was Huston Street.
The long and short of it: Chatwood needs to get some plane on his pitches to make the Rockies' opening day roster. That means staying taller in his delivery. In that regard, Wednesday was a mixed bag for Chatwood. He faced 15 San Diego batters but allowed only two runs.
"He did a good job of damage control," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss.
It's easy to forget that Chatwood, 23, is still learning the nuances of pitching. He was a middle infielder while growing up.
"I had a lot to learn, especially more about sequences," Chatwood said.
He finished last season strong, then pitched in the Arizona Fall League to work on his curveball. He has allowed seven hits in five innings this spring. Against the Padres, he recorded five outs on groundballs.
"They have pounded it into our head to get groundballs. It works anywhere," Chatwood said. "They told us we were No. 1 in getting groundballs at home, but on the road w+e were nearly last. We have to improve that."
Weiss said Chatwood could make the team as a middle reliever if not as a starting pitcher.
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