Rox send three top prospects to Minors
Club pares roster as Koshansky, Reynolds, Chacin latest to be cut
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Rockies announced three moves on Monday as the club continues to pare down its roster with the regular season approaching.
Colorado optioned infielder Joe Koshansky and right-hander Greg Reynolds to Triple-A Colorado Springs and reassigned right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to Minor League camp.
Koshansky had a huge year at Colorado Springs in 2008, batting .300 with 31 home runs, 121 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .600, but he's blocked at first base by veteran Todd Helton.
Reynolds, a 6-foot-7 sinkerballer, was the Rockies' first-round pick (second overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He was selected ahead of last year's National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, 2008 American League Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, among others, and made it to the Rockies last year, compiling a 2-8 record and 8.13 ERA in 14 appearances, 13 of which were starts. Reynolds was 1-0 with a 5.54 ERA this spring. He made four appearances, including two starts.
Chacin, a hard-throwing 21-year-old prospect from Venezuela, signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent in 2004. He appeared in four games this spring, making one start, and had a 1-1 record and 8.64 ERA with four strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.
The Rockies now have 40 players on the Major League Spring Training roster, including 11 non-roster players.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.