Rockies Demote David Dahl For Disciplinary Reasons

Center fielder David Dahl’s stay in low Class A Asheville was extremely brief.

After just one game with the Tourists, the Rockies decided to send their 2012 first-round pick back to extended spring training at the Salt River Fields complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to the Rockies, the demotion was a disciplinary measure that had nothing to do with Dahl’s on-field performance–he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his lone game as a Tourist.

“After gathering all the facts we decided it was appropriate to send him back to extended spring training,” Rockies farm director Jeff Bridich said.

In a Tweet Sunday afternoon, Dahl explained that the demotion came because he missed a flight. “I respect the Rockies decision and will continue to improve as a player, teammate, and as a person,” he Tweeted.

There is no clear timetable on when Dahl will return to Asheville.

Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Rockies organization coming into the season, Dahl is coming off of an outstanding 2012 pro debut where he hit .379/.423/.625 with nine home runs for Rookie-level Grand Junction (Pioneer). He’s not the only Rockies’ prospect to draw scrutiny for his on- or off-field comportment. General manager Dan O’Dowd publicly questioned No. 1 prospect Nolan Arenado’s maturity level during a conference call with season ticket holders last year.