Minor League Previews: PCL American Northern

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Mar 14, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge (14) follows through on a swing in the sixth inning at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Parent Club: Colorado Rockies

Rockies fans in Colorado Springs were certainly hoping Jon Gray and Eddie Butler would kick off the season with the Sky Sox, but they both report to Double-A instead. The Triple-A team for the Rockies will start off without a whole lot of names that will be a big draw, but there are plenty of names in Double-A, so this could be an interesting mid-season club.

Pitching

The pitching staff really only features one prospect, Tyler Matzek, but he probably fits as a middle reliever rather than a starter at the next level. Overall, the pitching staff for the Sky Sox opens the season in a rather boring fashion.

Batting

Kyle Parker has three consecutive seasons with more than 20 home runs and has a minor league career slugging line over .500. He is the best prospect on the Sky Sox roster and giving him a home park at altitude along with a hitter’s league like the PCL, he just might allow him to put up 30+ home runs this season. Josh Rutledge spent part of both the two previous seasons in the big leagues but opens the season in Triple-A. He will likely be shifted back and forth between the Springs and Denver should the big league club suffer any injuries and, given the teams track record, that is only a matter of time.

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