SCOTTSDALE, Arizona —— Above, watch Colorado Rockies left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto face his teammate, Rockies outfield prospect Mylz Jones, in a spring training intrasquad scrimmage at the Rockies’ facility at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Vasto, a left-handed reliever who shot through the Rockies’ system very quickly in 2016, jumped from the High-A California League‘s Modesto Nuts, to the Double-A Eastern League‘s Hartford Yard Goats. In this particular at-bat, though, he actually gives up a line-drive triple to Jones. Vasto got ahead early on an 0-2 count, but after throwing two fastballs for strikes, he sped up the outfielder’s bat with a slider that broke right into Jones’ swing plane, and, well, Jones didn’t miss.
It was all good for Vasto long term, as he eventually stranded Jones at third base by retiring the next three hitters in succession to work out of the inning clean. Perhaps a lesson learned here about how not to speed up a hitter’s bat when you’re ahead in the count and able to punch somebody out with a slider buried in the dirt, or a fastball at eye-level.
Long term, this is indicative of some of what Vasto can do, though; he throws strikes, gets ahead on his fastball, and then looks to the slider to put away hitters when he’s up in the count. Pretty much the standard routine for a late-inning, lockdown reliever, and it’s a no-nonsense character trait that should serve Vasto well in the high minors.