Scottsdale, Arizona —— After a full summer slate that saw him push all the way up to Triple-A Albuquerque for the first time in his career, Colorado Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Yency Almonte now finds himself pitching out at the prestigious Arizona Fall League to wrap up 2017. Typically a starter, Almonte has been coming out of the bullpen this fall as a way to manage his innings and workload after a long summer, and that’s been something of an adjustment for the hard-throwing righty, though he may one day fit best as a late-inning bullpen arm before it’s all said and done.
Before a recent Salt River Rafters game at their home ballpark in Scottsdale, Baseball Census on-air host Sande Charles caught up with Yency Almonte for an on-camera interview. The pair covered his bullpen transition and experiences this fall at AFL, as well as what’s in store in the future for the Colorado Rockies prospect. You can watch that full interview here:
In addition to our interview with the Colorado Rockies prospect, we have multiple game videos from his time pitching out at the Arizona Fall League. Here are two different looks at Yency Almonte working in relief for Salt River over the past few weeks:
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Though he may one day end up in the bullpen on account of his power fastball/slider combination that seems almost ideal to miss bats in short stints, Yency Almonte nevertheless has pitched himself to Triple-A as a rotation arm, and perhaps the Colorado Rockies will keep him there to open 2018, too, if only to max out his ceiling in the short-term before a bullpen move. Expect him to start next season with Albuquerque again, but Yency Almonte may be in the mix to head to Denver before too long.