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Rockies Call Up LHP Rex Brothers For MLB Debut, Matt Daley Demoted

The Colorado Rockies have called up top relief prospect Rex Brothers, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Brothers, a left handed pitcher, has enjoyed a spectacular season in AAA Colorado Springs and will finally make his major league debut.

Brothers was the 34th overall selection in the 2009 MLB Draft, selected as compensation for the loss of LHP Brian Fuentes via free agency. He has widely been considered a future closer for Colorado and their best lefty relief pitcher in the farm system. Over his minor league career, Brothers has a spectacular 11.8 K/9 rate paired with a very good 2.38 BB/9 rate. This season in AAA, he has struck out 45 batters in only 28 innings, completely dominating his league and demanding a callup to the majors with his performance.

Though he has a very bright future ahead of him, Brothers is likely to be used in lower leverage situations for now due to his lack of experience, and especially with current lefty reliever Matt Reynolds enjoying a very successful season in the Rockies' bullpen.

Matt Daley appears to be the corresponding roster move, as the reliever has struggled since his initial callup last month. Daley has allowed seven earned runs in only six innings this season, though he has performed well in AAA Colorado Springs this year and represents good bullpen depth. According to Renck, Daley has been suffering from shoulder stiffness and will be checked out by a doctor next week

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