Colorado Rockies: Ryan McMahon’s Big Day and Some New Hires

Congratulations! You made it to the middle of the work week! Let’s try to get you over the hump with some news and notes regarding the Colorado Rockies.

More hires coming for the Rockies

An interesting article this morning from our friend Thomas Harding of where he says the Rockies will not only be looking to hire a new manager and some coaches soon, but also some new members of the support staff as well.

The Rockies are currently pouring over applicants for three jobs in baseball research and development. The team is looking for a new web developer, baseball systems developer and analyst said Rockies assistant general manager Zack Rosenthal.

Here’s a very interesting passage from Harding within the article…

According to people around MLB familiar with such operations, the Rockies are beefing up one of the smaller staffs in the Majors. However, exactly how many employees most teams have in the area is unclear. Rosenthal said most teams don’t discuss it publicly (he did not discuss many specifics of the Rockies’ operation) because they don’t want to give away how their operation mines information. Many have employees, especially part-time, who may not be listed in team media guides.

In an age where almost everything is trackable and statistics can be broken down in so many ways, teams around Major League Baseball are looking for any edge they can gain over the competition. The Rockies seem very intent on finding ways to keep up with other teams and let numbers not only tell a story, but also hopefully give them a competitive advantage.

McMahon shines in Arizona

When the Salt River Rafters needed a boost on Tuesday, Colorado prospect Ryan McMahon came through with a big hit.

McMahon belted a two-run sixth-inning triple to lift the Rafters to a 4-1 victory over Surprise at Salt River Fields on Tuesday night. One of the runners he plated with the triple to right field was fellow Rockies prospect Pat Valaika.

It was McMahon’s first triple in Arizona Fall League action. He had just five in 133 games last season for Double-A Hartford and has totaled 17 in his four-year career in the minors.

Heading into Wednesday’s action, Salt River remained on top of the AFL’s East standings with a 4-2-1 mark.

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