The Rockies' biggest need? More length from starting pitchers to relieve the burden on an overworked bullpen. Help could be on the way from 35-year-old Roy Oswalt. If the Rockies stick to their plan, Oswalt will make one more minor-league start, likely Friday, before the Rockies add him to their rotation. The right-hander, owner of 163 major-league victories, pitched well again Sunday for Double-A Tulsa. Though he made a costly throwing error and was charged with a loss, Oswalt's numbers were solid. He surrendered one earned run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out four, walked two and lowered his Texas League ERA to 2.88. In four starts, he has given up five home runs and walked six while striking out 18. The Rockies want to make sure Oswalt is stretched out before he's promoted. Sunday, he threw 95 pitches, 62 for strikes, and his fastball was consistently at 92 mph, hitting 95 on occasion. Arenado, Part II. Rockies rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado spent a lot of time online over the weekend, checking to see if his younger brother, Jonah, would get drafted. He was, selected by the Giants in the 16th round out of El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. "I talked to him and he's excited," Arenado said. "He thought he was going to go a little bit earlier, but he's really happy. He's worked really hard. A couple years ago, I didn't know if he was even going to play at a junior college, and he didn't know if he wanted to play baseball, but he's worked hard, and to be drafted is pretty exciting." Jonah Arenado is a muscular 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. He played shortstop in high school but projects as a third baseman or first baseman in the pros. Nolan Arenado says he expects his younger brother to sign a contract with the Giants. "He's talking to some schools, but I think he really wants to go play some ball, so if the deal is right, he's going to go out there and play some ball," Arenado said.
Oswalt pitching well enough to make his promotion likely
Denver Post | Jun 11