BY LESLIE MONTEIRO
Playing in the minors is humbling for a player after experiencing Major League Baseball.
It means the team is not happy with a player’s development.
It means that it’s not fair that he lost out a roster spot.
That’s the case with Tyler Colvin after he did not make the Rockies’ roster on Opening Day. He lost a spot to a player that specialize only in bunting in Eric Young Jr.
Colvin was called up last week, and the Rockies expect him to be on their roster for the rest of the season.
Still, that does not make him happy about playing in the minors this season.
Who can blame him for feeling that way? After all, he hit .290 with 27 doubles, 10 triples, 18 homers and 72 RBIs last season.
One would think that’s enough for him to be a cinch to make the roster. That wasn’t the case.
The Rockies were not happy with the way he played in spring training by hitting .167. They felt he was not working hard enough, and they felt he was complacent after his success last year. They thought he should have had a better attitude heading to spring training. What it means was the Rockies thought he assumed he had a roster spot locked up, and they wanted to teach him a lesson.
Why else would he be playing in the minors after doing well last year?
It’s not the first time the Rockies have sent a guy down in the minors when it comes to attitude.
They had issues with Nolan Arenado’s work ethic last year when he was playing at Double-A Tulsa, which is why he did not play in Triple-A Colorado Springs last year.
They had issues with Ian Stewart’s approach to the game, which is why he was a fixture in the minors.
With the Rockies, they value work ethic when it comes to young players making the team for the first time after being in the minors.
Colvin should have made the roster despite what the organization felt about his attitude. He is a guy that can get a team going, and he is a good hitter. Teams can’t get enough guys like Colvin.
Rather than pout about his situation, Colvin was determined to be back with the Rockies by hitting .293 with eight doubles, four triples, nine homers and 29 RBIs at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The Rockies liked how Colvin played and how he responded after not making the roster, and that’s why he was promoted last week.
Colvin has hit three home runs and drove in 9 runs in the seven games he played for the Rockies since he was being called up.
He hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning that tied the game at 2 against the Nationals on Tuesday night.
He played a role in the Rockies’ six-run first inning yesterday afternoon by hitting a two-run home run that gave the Rockies a 5-1 lead over the Phillies.
It’s safe to say he will be in the lineup one way or another, and he should being that he is a great hitter.
Don’t expect Colvin to think anything is a guarantee anymore after the way everything went down in spring training. No one can blame him.
He will remember this for the rest of his career. Major League players are wired that way when they get demoted.
Playing in the minors is not fun after being in the majors. The working conditions is nothing special, and the buffet is horrible. There is nothing worse than traveling on a bus for games.
It’s a humbling experience, and there is no question Colvin experienced it.
It’s the way Rockies like it, and that’s the way they drew up when they sent him down.
The Rockies feel Colvin will benefit from being sent to the minors. They know he realizes he can’t take his spot for granted since he is not a core player they are going to build around.
Colvin may not even be on the team next year, and he knows that.
He certainly has something to prove to the Rockies and other teams.
He is playing like it, and he intends to continue to play like it for a long time.
Playing in Colorado Springs or in the minors is not what he wants to do anymore.
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