Jack Etkin

Bringing His Toolbox

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In outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies obtained a potential five-tool player, albeit one climbing the steepest portion of the major league learning curve. Gonzalez, 23, was the key player in the deal that sent outfielder Matt Holliday to the Athletics and brought reliever Huston Street and lefthander Greg Smith to Colorado.

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Going For Gold

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A small step forward resulted in a giant leap ahead for Double-A Tulsa center fielder Dexter Fowler, who was hitting .337/.430/.469 when he left the Drillers to join Team USA for the Beijing Olympics. A broken right hand limited him to 65 games last year at high Class A Modesto, but the switch-hitting Fowler began this season well, hitting .293/.369/.485 in April and .287/.386/.417 in May.

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Knocking On The Door

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Triple-A Colorado Springs third baseman Ian Stewart has heard general manager Dan O'Dowd say prospects like Stewart need to "knock the door down" to reach the Rockies. What Stewart is doing this season cannot be considered a gentle shove. He was hitting .281/.374/.614 with 12 homers and 43 RBIs in 171 at-bats, including two games with six RBIs apiece.

Majors | #2008#Colorado Rockies#Organization Reports

Prospect By Any Name

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No pun intended, but low Class A Asheville righthander Jhoulys Chacin is making a name for himself. Not because of the blizzard of consonants in his first name, which is pronounced Ju-lees, but because of his ability on the mound. Chacin, 20, began the season 2-1, 1.40 in four starts and caused Tourists pitching coach Doug Linton to say, "I like to compare him to a righthanded Santana, because his changeup is off the board."

Majors | #2008#Colorado Rockies#Organization Reports

Placed In The Pen

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The beginning of spring training brought a big change to Ryan Mattheus. After spending his first four seasons as a starter, Mattheus learned he was moving to the bullpen. Mattheus is a sinker slider righthander coming off a 9-11, 5.56 season at Double-A Tulsa where he averaged 5.8 strikeouts, 3.1 walks and 10.3 hits per nine innings. Those numbers were the norm for Mattheus, who has moved up one level at a time in the Rockies system but in just over 470 professional innings has averaged 6.7 strikeouts, 3.6 walks and 10.5 hits per nine innings.

Majors | #2008#Colorado Rockies#Organization Reports