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Thomas Harding reviews Trevor Story’s 2019 season and looks ahead to 2020. Story has established himself as one of the best players in the National League, through his improvements at the plate and major strides at shortstop. Like all players though, Story can still get better. The major area he can improve is the one that led many people to think he’d struggle hitting major league pitching in general: strikeouts. After his first couple of seasons, Story managed to reduce his strikeouts to around 25%. That was progress from the 30% he was at, but still not great. Compare that to Nolan Arenado, whose career high strikeout rate in a single season was 18%.

Things can change, but it seems like strikeouts will always be a part of Trevor’s offensive game. Reducing strikeouts is a way for him to get better, but it’s not exactly a big problem right now.

DJ LeMahieu hit one of the most dramatic home runs of the postseason on Saturday, tying the game in the ninth inning of an elimination game. Alas, it ended up as the second most dramatic home run of the evening, as José Altuve’s walk-off sent the Astros to the World Series in the bottom half of the ninth.

Patrick Saunders talks about his experience with DJ, his understated competitiveness, and the discussions that were involved from the Yankees’ side about signing DJ in the first place. Apparently, Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman had to be convinced to sign LeMahieu. He’s obviously glad that he did. Here’s what Cashman told MLB.com:: “It worked out extremely well, and to our benefit, and so I thank those individuals for pushing it — and I’ll pat myself on the back for hiring people smarter than me.”

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It was Wednesday, September 18th. The score was 4-4 Rockies in the top of the ninth and the Mets were threatening. One run had already scored in the inning and the Rockies were hoping to keep it close. Bud Black came out of the Rockies dugout and made a call to the bullpen, and in came Joe Harvey. I, an editor at a Rockies blog, said to myself, “Who is this guy?”

Such is the nature of relievers.

The Rockies were quiet at the trade deadline as the reality of a lost season became more and more clear during a six-win July. They weren’t inactive though! They got in on the action by sending 19-year-old lefty Alfredo Garcia from Short Season A-ball to their new favorite trade partners, the New York Yankees, and, in return, they got former 19th round pick Joe Harvey.

Why? The 27-year-old rookie had 11 strikeouts and seven walks in ten innings with the Yankees between April and May. He did have 38 strikeouts in 26 innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, albeit with 15 walks. According to Brooks Baseball he has a four-seam fastball that gets “more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers” and a slider that “generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders.”

The other reason has more to do with where he was going than what he’s done. When you’re the 2019 Rockies and you have a bullpen ERA of 5.18 (third worst in baseball) and a strikeout rate of 8.36 K/9, worst in baseball, well it probably doesn’t hurt to add some bullpen arms, especially when you give up so little in return.

Colorado kept Harvey in Triple-A until rosters expanded. In nine appearances for ABQ, he allowed ten runs with ten strikeouts and five walks. Still, the Rockies needed arms and he was up once the Triple-A season ended. Officially he allowed only five runs in his nine appearances with six strikeouts and six walks. But that 5.63 ERA is actually pretty generous compared to his 6.53 DRA (see here).

Harvey came into that September game with the bases loaded and no outs. He then walked Pete Alonso on four pitches to drive in the go-ahead run for the Mets. He got Robinson Canó to hit into a double-play, but a run came across. Then Seth Lugo—the pitcher, mind you—singled to center. It didn’t matter that he got the next batter to line out; he came in with the game tied and Harvey left with a 7-4 Rockies deficit.

And his trade partner, Garcia? He posted a 2.49 ERA with a 4:1 K/BB ratio for New York’s Low-A club. Could be nothing. But it’s possible it won’t be. Such is the tragedy of the 2019 Colorado Rockies.

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Like fellow PuRP Reid Humphreys, Justin Lawrence was a two-way player in college. Unlike Humphreys, Lawrence wasn’t really successful at either “way” initially. A lack of game action gave the righty plenty of time to monkey with his motion, including a lowering of his arm slot that improved his fastball’s velocity and life. This success was enough to get Lawrence noticed by the Rockies as a 12th round pick out of a Florida community college in 2015 and earn him a $100k signing bonus.

Thomas Harding of MLB.com has more on Lawrence’s epiphany in a 2015 profile.

Lawrence (who, fun fact, was born in the Panama Canal Zone) did not find immediate success as a pro. In fact, in his professional debut season Lawrence allowed 23 earned runs, 31 hits, and 16 walks in 24 2⁄3 frames between Grand Junction and Boise. For many prospects, that would mean a trip to extended spring training or even a release, but the quality of Lawrence’s stuff was intriguing enough that the Rockies assigned him to Low A to start 2016. In Asheville, Lawrence again produced poor results (7.18 ERA, 5.7 K/9 rate in 36 1⁄3 innings) before getting sent down to Short Season A Boise.

Finally with Boise in a return engagement something clicked. The 6’3” hurler finished with a strong 28 2⁄3 inning stint in the Northwest League with a 2.20 ERA and strong 12.6 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 rates. Given another chance at Asheville in 2017, Lawrence continued his strong form by posting an elite 16 1⁄3 inning stretch where he allowed 3 runs on 10 hits and 4 walks while striking out 20 — that’s a 1.65 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 11.0 K/9 rate. Unfortunately, a torn lat muscle ended the season prematurely, but his dominance and stuff got him on the radar of national prospect watchers entering 2018.

Assigned to High A for 2018, Lawrence quickly showed that his 2017 small sample size dominance wasn’t a fluke. Facing the daunting hitter’s haven of Lancaster and the California League, Lawrence renewed his mastery over minor league hitters. In 54 1⁄3 innings, Lawrence compiled 62 strikeouts (10.3 K/9) and 11 saves en route to a 2.65 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and .188 BAA. Yes, the walks were elevated at 4.5 BB/9 and his 3.61 FIP indicated some luck in Lawrence’s results, but a 6.0 H/9 rate is phenomenal especially in that environment. Furthermore, Lawrence demonstrated the ability to pair strong strikeout stuff with extreme ground ball tendencies, as over 63% of his batted balls allowed were on the ground, the 3rd straight year he’d eclipsed that mark.

To put a cherry on top of Lawrence’s 2018, while he wasn’t given the mid-season promotion to Hartford that Humphreys earned, he was selected for the prestigious Arizona Fall League. There he served as a part-time closer for Salt River, allowing 4 runs on 10 hits and 6 walks while striking out 13 over 10 2⁄3 frames. It’s a small sample against other top prospects, but I’ll take the strong K rate even if the results overall weren’t elite. It certainly was enough for the Rockies to protect Lawrence from the Rule 5 draft after the season with a 40 man roster slot despite his zero innings above A ball.

In the below video of Lawrence from the AFL, you can see why it might be very difficult to hit against him:

In their recently posted system overview, Wilson Karaman of Baseball Prospectus ranked Lawrence 12th:

Lawrence got beat in a couple high-profile prospect showcases and ran out of steam a bit by Arizona, but he was absolutely disgusting for most of the year. At his peak he threw a nice stretch of innings in the Antelope Valley summertime elements. He sits in the high-90s with a darting, two-plane slider a dozen mph slower, all out of a twisting, slingshotting delivery that creates a real tough pick-up for righties and a pretty difficult one for lefties too. It was unclear to the naked eye why he never graduated to Hartford last season, but if he brings that stuff with him when he does, he’ll force his way into Colorado’s bullpen development plan this season.

2080 Baseball’s John Eshleman spotlighted Lawrence in May:

The obvious advantage of a side-arm pitcher is the funk; it’s tough for hitters to pick up a low slot that they aren’t used to. In addition to command challenges, the unique angle of a sidearm or submarine pitcher often brings on a corresponding loss in velocity–but not in Justin Lawrence’s case. He pitches from a true side-arm slot, pumping gas up to 98 mph that feels like it’s coming straight at the ear of a right-handed hitter. Needless to say, it’s an uncomfortable at-bat.

The fastball movement was downward, and in my two April looks, Lawrence beat lefties with the heater on the outer-third of the plate. He isn’t pinpoint to spots within the zone, but his velocity, angle, and movement are enough to give him some breathing room in the command department. His fastball plays as plus, with 70 velocity, 60 movement, and 45 command. An 87-to-91 mph splitter dominates A-Ball hitters playing off his fastball, as he’s able to release it through the same tunnel and generate separation and finish on the pitch down in the zone. Lawrence’s splitter is more a chase pitch than one he lands for early-count strikes; how well he’s able to incorporate secondary pitches such that better hitters can’t just sit fastball is the biggest determinant to Lawrence reaching his ceiling.

MLB.com currently places Lawrence 16th in the organization:

Healthy again this year, Lawrence is thriving again thanks to his fastball. Most pitchers don’t throw harder after dropping their arm angle, but he went from a mid-80s heater when he used a more conventional three-quarters slot to working at 92-94 mph and reaching 97 while in junior college. Now he deals at 94-98 mph with premium sink that generates plenty of groundouts.

When Lawrence keeps his sinker down in the zone, hitters have a hard time putting the barrel on the ball. He also throws a short slider in the low 80s and will mix in a decent changeup to counteract left-handers. His control hasn’t been as sharp in 2018 as it was a year ago, but if he can provide more strikes he could advance quickly.

The profile of Lawrence, as is the case with most relief prospects, is headlined by a plus fastball. In Lawrence’s evaluation, the fastball receives a 65 grade but the slider (50), changeup (45) and control (45) grades leave the 24-year old looking a bit one dimensional. At least it’s one heck of a dimension!

Lawrence should begin the year in Double-A and, thanks to his 40 man roster slot and ability to serve as a ROOGY at a Major League level right now, could be a factor for the big league bullpen as soon as this year. Of course, he’ll have plenty of competition for those opportunities as the Rockies already have an over-stuffed pen without even considering any prospect arms. Even with the congestion though, Lawrence is too nasty not to consider an integral future building block for the Rockies, which is why I ranked him 19th on my personal PuRPs ballot with a 40 Future Value as a middle reliever with late inning potential.

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Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company in November 2012. He has directed the Company’s strategy and presided over an expansion of its digital and global operations. Under his leadership, digital subscriptions have grown from 500,000 to nearly four million and the Company set a goal to reach 10 million total subscriptions by 2025. The Times has successfully expanded into other digital products like Cooking and Crosswords, has launched one of the world’s most successful podcasts and recently premiered “The Weekly”, a new TV news program for FX and Hulu.

Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Thompson served as director-general of the BBC from 2004, where he reshaped the organization to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign.

Mr. Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He helped launch “Watchdog” and “Breakfast Time,” was an output editor on “Newsnight,” and was appointed editor of the “Nine O’Clock News” in 1988 and “Panorama” in 1990. He became controller (programming and scheduling chief) for the TV network BBC2 and director of television for the BBC before leaving the BBC in 2002 to become C.E.O. of Channel 4 Television Corporation in the United Kingdom.

His book, “Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?” which is based on lectures he gave as a visiting professor at Oxford University, was published in the UK and US in September 2016.

Mark Thompson was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College, Oxford.

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Peter Lambert has been one of the Rockies’ top pitching prospects since he was drafted in the second round of the 2015 draft. The 22-year-old started 2019 in Albuquerque but made his major league debut at the beginning of June after the losses of Tyler Anderson and Kyle Freeland before the end of May. Lambert pitched just 60 2⁄3 innings in Triple-A before joining the big league club.

Lambert’s first two starts came against the Chicago Cubs — his first being at Wrigley Field and the other coming a week later at Coors. He pitched well, posting a 1.50 ERA in his first 12 innings. In his first ever start, he pitched seven innings of four hit, one run ball and struck out nine Cubbies. Not too bad. Lambert’s first major league adversity came during that infamous Padres series in June. He started the finale, but only lasted three innings after giving up eight runs on nine hits, including a two-run homer.

As the year progressed, Lambert held his own. He wasn’t stellar, but he was serviceable. His best month came in July with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, but after that he started surrendering more walks — including 18 in six games in August and nine in four games in September. In June and July, Lambert struck out 17.2% of batters and walked 4.4%; in August and September, he struck out 10.2% of batters and walked 12.5%. He was officially shut down on September 24, finishing with a 3-7 record in 89 ⅓ innings over 19 starts. He also finished with a 7.25 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP, striking out 13.6% of batters and walking 8.6% in 2019. Hopefully Lambert takes the lessons he learned in 2019, regains some confidence, and makes a leap in 2020.

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Believe it or not, James Pazos is the last left-handed pitcher you’re going to see on this list, despite the fact that he made his Rockies debut on September 1.

Pazos had just a month with the Rockies, but it was quite the productive one. He made 12 appearances, allowing just two runs on seven hits in 10 1⁄3 innings with four walks and 10 strikeouts. The only home run he allowed was a two-out solo shot to Corey Seager on September 22.

The Rockies acquired Pazos in a trade with the Phillies on April 26, sending minor league outfielder Hunter Stovall back to Philly.

Pazos did not make a big league appearance with the Phillies, but posted a 3.39 ERA with the Mariners in 2017 and 2018, striking out 110 in 103 2⁄3 innings, so he had a proven track record in the majors. Despite this, the Rockies acquired him and sent him to Triple-A Albuquerque for four months.

That decision seems even more odd when you consider that the Rockies carried just one southpaw in their bullpen for a large part of 2019, and that was Jake McGee, who clearly did not have the trust of manager Bud Black. The average Leverage Index of McGee’s 45 appearances this season was just 0.63, the third-lowest on the roster, ahead of Yency Almonte and Jesus Tinoco. By contrast, Pazos’ average Leverage Index was 0.84.

What likely led the Rockies to not call up Pazos was his performance, or lack thereof, in Albuqueque. He made 39 appearances with the Isotopes, posting an 8.80 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 44 innings, walking 23 and striking out 42. Yes, the walks would be concerning but I would but a pair of caveats on the overall numbers:

It’s Albuquerque, and using that juiced Triple-A baseball at 7,000 feet is not conducive to putting up good pitching stats. As a team this year, the Isotopes posted an ERA of 6.38, so numbers for any of their pitchers should be taken with a grain of salt.
The luck dragons were not exactly on Pazos’ side during his time with the ‘Topes. Opposing hitters had a BABIP of .424 against him, and he managed to strand just 59.2% of baserunners in Triple-A in 2019. Those numbers regressed in a big way with the Rockies, to .250 and 93.8%.

A solid, proven lefty out of the bullpen is something the Rockies seemed to be lacking all season, especially during their downward spiral in July and August, during which McGee had a 6.75 ERA and 1.75 WHIP.

Why the Rockies didn’t give Pazos a chance before rosters expanded in 2019 may remain a mystery, but they would be wise to learn from that mistake and give him a real shot at the Opening Day roster in 2020.

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Becoming an undrafted free agent in baseball means that a lot of people emphatically believe you don’t have what it takes for professional baseball. Every team has had their crack at you over 50 rounds, the longest draft in professional sports, and they all said no. Many would take a hint and hang up their spikes, but not Josh Fuentes.

Signed for $10 thousand out of NAIA member Missouri Baptist in 2014, most deemed the opportunity the Rockies gave Fuentes a nod to his famous cousin, Nolan Arenado. And maybe it even was – we don’t know that for sure. What we do know is that Fuentes took that opportunity from the Rockies, whatever the providence, and made himself into the type of prospect who wins the Pacific Coast League MVP award and who earns a precious 40 man roster slot.

For more on his rise to prospect-dom, please check out this profile of Fuentes (including quotes from the man himself) by Jose Romero of La Vida Baseball.

The third baseman (he’s also seen plenty of action at first) took advantage of a dearth of corner infield prospects at short season A Tri-City in 2014 enough to be penciled in as a regular for Low A Asheville after the 2015 season’s first month. There he produced a league average batting line against age appropriate competition, which was enough to make him an Opening Day starter for Asheville in 2016 but hardly distinguished him as a prospect.

From that point on though, Fuentes destroyed minor league pitching to a degree that made him hard to ignore. He began 2016 by hitting .398/.442/.677 with 18 extra base hits in 108 plate appearances (216 wRC+) with Asheville before a May promotion to High A Modesto. In a pitcher’s park within a hitter’s league, Fuentes hit .278/.342/.450 with 28 extra base hits in 325 plate appearances for a 113 wRC+. That was enough for the Rockies to move Fuentes up to Double-A in 2017, where in 450 plate appearances with Hartford the righty slugger again proved he could handle the stick with a .307/.352/.517 line with 15 HRs among his 50 extra base hits (137 wRC+). It wasn’t enough for the Rockies to protect Fuentes from the Rule 5 draft, but fortunately he went un-selected.

Entering the 2018 season, Fuentes still wasn’t on national prospect radars and hadn’t gotten much traction in PuRP voting. Assigned to Triple-A, Fuentes was a shining light for an Albuquerque team that enjoys one of the best offensive environments in an offense-friendly Pacific Coast League. Over 586 plate appearances with Albuquerque, Fuentes accumulated 65 extra base hits including 14 homers en route to the aforementioned PCL MVP award. While a normal prospect in that situation might have received a major league cup of coffee, Fuentes found himself blocked by his cousin, so he’ll have to be satisfied with the trophy and a place in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. Against other top prospects, Fuentes held his own in the AFL with a .301/.356/.482 triple slash in 90 plate appearances, sealing the deal on earning a 40 man roster slot.

Though the positive offensive context helped, his .327/.354/.517 line in Albuquerque still represented a 124 wRC+ performance. To get there, Fuentes was the same type of hitter he’s been at almost every minor league level: low walk rate (3.6% in 2018) combined with a medium strikeout rate (17.6% in 2018). He benefited from his home park, but not markedly so, while producing similar splits against lefties and righties. Most impressively, Fuentes ranked 11th in minor league baseball in line drive/fly ball success, with 26.8% of those batted balls going for hits — a likely indicator of big league batting success.

Here’s some video of Fuentes in the AFL courtesy of 2080 Baseball:

Here’s the 2080 Baseball report on Fuentes accompanying the above video by Adam McInturff:

Fuentes looks the part of a pro corner player, a physical 6-foot-2 and 215-pound frame strong enough to hit for power but able to stay at 3B. He hits from a deep crouch with a big leg-kick trigger to start the swing, getting all his lower-half into a quick stroke that has power to the pullside. He yanks most of his contact, and while it isn’t a pretty swing, Fuentes has solid bat control and finds a way to make it work. For a player that looks strong enough to hit for power, his peripherals (low walk/low strikeout guy) don’t fit the standard mold. His game approach is oriented more towards making contact than driving the ball, looking to put it in play and rely on feel for the barrel. He could live to be more patient, but I saw plenty of awareness at the plate and an understanding how to get to his pitch.

Defensively, Fuentes moved between the infield corners in my week-long look watching Salt River. He looked fine at the hot corner, showing soft hands and the footwork to make routine plays. There’s a chance he’s a 55-grade defender at first base, though the overall versatility should help a R/R profile without tons of game power get into the lineup.

He has worked himself into the player he is today, showing significant improvement each of the last two years I’ve seen him. He’s ready to hit in the big leagues, safely profiling as a useful role player who can move between corner positions. If he winds up hitting enough to be an everyday third baseman someday, don’t be surprised: Fuentes is the type of guy that has been proving people wrong for a long time.

Fuentes is currently ranked 17th in the system by MLB.com:

Fuentes’ strength is his ability to make repeated hard contact, which helped him make a run at league batting titles in each of the last two years and top the PCL in runs (93), hits (180), doubles (39), extra-base hits (65) and total bases (285). Most of his power currently comes in the form of doubles but he might develop into a 20-homer threat if he added some loft to his right-handed stroke. He doesn’t strike out much, yet he puts the bat on the ball so easily that he rarely draws walks.

Fuentes lacks quickness but has a strong arm and covers enough ground to serve as an average defender at third base. He has soft hands that also work well at first base, where he has seen action throughout his pro career. Though it remains to be seen if and where he’ll break into the Rockies’ crowded infield, he doesn’t have much left to accomplish in the Minors.

The 25-year old’s top tool is a 55 arm, complemented by 50 field and 50 hit grades. Despite the 45 game power and 40 run tool, that’s a potentially valuable player who could man both corners. Combine that with his production at the highest levels and Fuentes is clearly a player in Colorado’s immediate future plans. It’s hard to see him making the Opening Day roster, but it seems likely that Fuentes will be making contributions to the 2019 Rockies.

I’ve been cautious in ranking Fuentes highly throughout his climb up the minor league ladder, joining most of the PuRPs electorate, but that caution isn’t justifiable anymore given the 40 man roster slot and 2018 production. I rated Fuentes 23rd on my personal list with a 35+ Future Value as a potential MLB contributor, but I’m hoping that ranking looks silly low by the mid-season list.

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The Tennessee baseball program announced that former Tennessee All-American and Major League Baseball veteran Todd Helton would join the baseball staff as the director of player development on January 27, 2017.

In his new volunteer role, Helton is responsible for maintaining alumni relations, assisting with on-campus recruiting, collaborating with UT’s coaching staff and helping Tennessee’s current players make informed decisions about pursuing professional baseball careers.

“After spending three years at Tennessee and 17 years in the Major Leagues with the Colorado Rockies, I really wanted to give back to this program any way that I can,” Helton said.

Helton spent 17 years with the Colorado Rockies organization and as the club’s longest-tenured player, he was a five-time All-Star, four-time Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award winner and three-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner.

At the time of his retirement in 2013, Helton held Rockies career records for games played (2,247), runs (1,401), hits (2,519), doubles (592), home runs (369), RBI (1,406), walks (1,335) and extra-base hits (998). He also ranked 16th all-time among Major League players in doubles (592), 19th in OPS (.953), 35th in walks (1,335) and 37th in extra-base hits (998). On Aug. 7, 2014, Helton became the first player in Rockies history to have his jersey No. 17 retired at Coors Field.

In 1995, Helton was selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the First-Year Player Draft out of Tennessee and went on to make his Major League debut just two years later on Aug. 2, 1997. During his first professional season in 1996, he combined to hit .336 with 131 hits, nine homers and 64 RBI over 114 games between Double A New Haven and Triple A Colorado Springs.

As a junior with the Tennessee Volunteers in 1995, Helton hit at a .407 clip while leading the league in home runs (20), RBI (92), runs (86), doubles (27), hits (105), walks (61), slugging percentage (.775) and on-base percentage (.522). He also led the conference with a 1.66 ERA while compiling an 8-2 record with 12 saves.

The 1995 National Collegiate Player of the Year received the Dick Howser Award from USA Today/Baseball Weekly, Baseball America’s National Player of the Year Award, Collegiate Baseball’s Co-National Player of the Year and the Southeastern Conference’s Male Athlete of the Year Award that season. By doing so, he became just the second baseball player to receive the SEC award, while the two-time First Team All-American was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award in 1995.

Helton was a consensus Freshman All-American, First Team All-SEC and Third Team All-American in 1993. The honors continued to roll in 1994 as he earned All-America honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

The Tennessee native helped guide the Vols to three straight NCAA Regional appearances, including a third-place finish at the 1995 College World Series. He was twice named to the NCAA All-Tournament team and earned a complete-game pitching victory over Clemson in the first round of the College World Series. Helton holds numerous school hitting records and the SEC’s mark for consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 47.2 in 1994.

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There are houses that are described as diamonds in the rough, but not many are described as having diamonds in the backyard.

Former MLB shortstop and manager Walt Weiss is selling a massive, 10,668-square-foot Colorado home, which comes complete with its own full-size baseball field out back. It’s a luxury you can afford when your home sits on a 35-acre lot.

The home in Castle Rock is listed with Erica Chouinard of Re/Max Professionals. On the market for an even $2 million, the residence takes full advantage of the awe-inspiring mountain views.

It’s loaded with amenities, including a heated pool, hot tub, and basketball court. It has five bedrooms, and the master suite has its own steam shower, jetted tub, and walk-in closets.

To top it off, the basement rec room features an indoor batting cage.

If you happen to be in the market for the ultimate baseball paradise, look no further. Weiss has had the home on and off the market since 2012.

Weiss, 55, made his MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics in 1987. He would end up being voted the American League Rookie of the Year. Weiss went on to play for the Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Atlanta Braves before retiring in 2000. In 2013, he returned to the Rockies and managed the team for three years, before leaving to take another coaching position with the Braves in 2017.

“It’s been neat,” Weiss told ESPN in 2013 regarding his transition to coaching. “I’ve really enjoyed this role. It’s a lot easier to connect with the players. As a manager, you really have to go out of your way to make an effort to connect with players. It’s a little weird for a player around a manager. They don’t open up as much. I’ve really enjoyed that, being more hands-on with the players.”

Eric Alt has been a writer and editor for outlets as diverse as Maxim, Fast Company, Men’s Journal, Cosmopolitan, Mental Floss, Inked, “Attack of the Show,” and Spike TV, among others. He lives in New Jersey, where he tries desperately to keep his two children from tearing the state to pieces.

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ST. PETERSBURG – Quinton McCracken, MVP of the 1998 inaugural Devil Rays team, has rejoined the organization as a coach at Triple-A Durham.

McCracken’s hiring is among a series of changes in the Rays minor-league staff announced today.

Among the more interesting moves:

* Brady Williams was promoted from Double-A Montgomery to Durham as part of a shuffle that has different managers for five of the seven affiliates;

* Former big-leaguer Morgan Ensberg was hired to replace Williams with the Biscuits;

* Sandy Sternberg, the 28-year-old son of principal owner Stuart, was hired as director, development strategy;

* Former Twins 1B coach Jeff Smith was hired to managed the Port Charlotte-based Stone Crabs;

* Jean Ramirez, a 25-year-old who played the last three years at the low end of the Rays minor-league system, was hired as bullpen catcher, replacing Mayo Acosta, who left due to personal reasons.

Williams was promoted, as expected, to manage the Bulls team following Jared Sandberg’s departure for a job on the Mariners major-league coaching staff. Pitching coach Rick Knapp and bench coach Dan DeMent are returning to the Bulls staff.

McCracken, 48, played with the Devil Rays from 1998-2000 during a 12-year big-league career. He spent last season as a minor-league coordinator for the Marlins after five in the front office of the Astros and two before that with the Diamondbacks. He also played baseball and football at Duke, which is in Durham.

“My family and I are extremely excited about this homecoming of sorts.” McCracken said via text message. “The opportunity to rejoin the Rays organization and assist our player development staff in developing championship players and people, on and off the field, is a dream come true for me.”

Williams, 39, joined the Rays in 2006 and has managed for 10 seasons, the last five with the Biscuits after working his way from Hudson Valley to Bowling Green to Charlotte, and coached for three seasons before that. He also played five seasons in the minors after being drafted out of Pasco-Hernando community college. He is the son of former big-league manager Jimy Williams.

“This is a new challenge for me and my family, and we’re excited about facing this challenge,” Williams said in the news release. “I learned a lot in my five years in Montgomery, but I’m looking forward to working with the next level of player in Durham.”

Ensberg, whose eight-plus year playing career ended when he was released by the Rays at the end of spring training 2009, spent the last six years working in the Astros minor-league system, managing Class A Buies Creek in 2018 and short-season Class A Tri-City in 2017. He also served as a “mindset” coach, minor league special assignment coach and infield coach.

Among other changes in on-field staff, Craig Albernaz was named field coordinator, Tomas Francisco catching coordinator, Reinaldo Ruiz manager at Class-A Bowling Green, Rafael Valenzuela manager of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays; and Brady North a coach with the GCL Rays. Also, coach German Melendez moves from Charlotte to rookie-level Princeton, coach Ivan Ochoa from the DSL Rays to Charlotte, conditioning coach Sergio West from Princeton to Charlotte, conditioning coach Paul Jones from Charlotte to the GCL Rays.

The Rays also announced a series of baseball operations changes in addition to the hiring of Sandy Sternberg.

Among them: Former big-league infielder Cole Figueroa was promoted to assistant director, hitting development; former big-league pitcher Jeremy Sowers, who had been handling replays, to coordinator, major league operations; Ryan Bristow to assistant director, pro scouting; Hamilton Marx to assistant director, amateur scouting; Ryan Harmon to lead sports dietitian, baseball performance science; Samantha Bireley to coordinator, baseball administration; Ryan Pennell to coordinator, baseball performance science; Simon Rosenbaum to coordinator, baseball development.

Also: Josh Rodrigues was hired as replay administrator and Kate Martinez as assistant sports dietician.