Seven players from the Isotopes have made their Major League Baseball debut this year and have been called up for a current active roster position on the Colorado Rockies.
The list includes former Isotopes players, Evan Justice, Karl Kauffmann, Riley Pint, Victor Vodnik, Julio Carreras, Hunter Goodman and Brenton Doyle.
Justice, Kauffmann, Pint and Vodnick are all rookie pitchers for the Rockies. Carreras plays third base, Goodman plays first and Doyle is a center fielder.
Goodman, 23, only played 15 games with the Isotopes. He moved through the minor leagues to the majors in just two years. He had a .371 batting average with 62 at bats while in Albuquerque.
While with the Rockies, Goodman debuted on Aug. 27, 2023 and has a batting average of .200 and slugging average of .386. He has played in a total of 23 games with 70 at bats.
Goodman is ranked as the 12th best prospect for the Rockies, according to MLB. In 2022, he was named the Rockies’ Doug Million Minor Player of the Year, thanks to his performance in Double-A.
Doyle was another player who had a short stay in Albuquerque. He played a total of 21 games with the Isotopes throughout both the 2022-23 seasons. He had a batting average of .306 with 49 at bats during the 2023 Isotopes season.
Doyle has played in a total of 126 games and has had 399 at bats while with Colorado. He debuted on April 24, 2023 and finished with a batting average of .203 and with 10 home runs.
Kauffmann is the rookie to spend the most time on the mound for the Rockies – debuting on May 19, 2023. He has started in three games and pitched in 11. He has an earned run average of 8.23 and 16 strikeouts in 35 innings.
With the Rockies having a record of 59-103 – the lowest win-loss percentage for the club thus far – they can look forward to what is next with their future prospects with the Isotopes.
Drew Romo, Joe Rock and Aaron Schunk are all ranked top 30 prospects for the Rockies franchise, according to MLB. They are all current players for the Isotopes.
Romo is ranked at nine on the top prospects list and was assigned to the Isotopes on Sep. 19, 2023 from the Rockies Double-A team. He played only four games with Albuquerque with a BA of .353.
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Rock is ranked at 16 as a lefty pitcher. He was assigned to the Isotopes right before the season ended on Sept. 23, 2023. He only played one game and pitched 2.2 innings.
Schunk – ranked at 27 – was with the Isotopes all season long. He played in a total of 116 games with a BA of .290 and 14 home runs.
Rock and Romo are expected to move up to the Major Leagues as soon as 2024, according to MLB.com. Schunk’s estimated league jump was this year but he continued to stay on the Isotopes.
Both the major and minor leagues’ regular seasons are over. The Isotopes finished with a record of 68-82 and the Rockies finished with 59-103.
Opening day next season for the Isotopes is March 29, 2024. The Rockies will have their first Spring Training game on Feb. 23 and opening day for MLB is March 28.
Ryan Grossetete is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. He can be reached with email@example.com