Rockies option Ryan McMahon, recall Yency Almonte

Nov 4, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Yency Almonte of the Salt River Rafters during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies have recalled right-handed pitcher Yency Almonte and optioned infielder Ryan McMahon to Triple-A Albuquerque. Almonte was previously added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 18, 2016, but this¬†will be the 24-year old’s first stint on the active roster.

Almonte is 1-4 with a 6.27 ERA in nine starts for the Isotopes this season. In 33 innings, Almonte has given up 23 earned runs. The young pitcher was a MiLB.com Organization All Star in 2017 after going 8-4 with 2.91 ERA. In stints with both Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque, Almonte recorded 93 strikeouts and totaled 111 innings in 22 total appearances (21 starts) in 2017.

In his entire minor league career, Almonte is 36-34 with a 4.09 ERA in 101 starts. Almonte has pitched over 500 innings at the minor league level and has recorded 453 strikeouts during that time.

The Rockies acquired Almonte in a trade with the Chicago White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle in November, 2015. Almonte was originally selected by the Angels in the 17th round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

McMahon, 23, has batted .211 with four doubles, one triple and two home runs in two stints with the Rockies this season. In 47 games, McMahon has 20 hits in 95 at-bats but most of his damage at the plate came in his most recent stint with the ball club.

In the 19 games since being recalled on May 16, McMahon was 11-for-45 with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and six RBI. In Wednesday night’s victory over the New York Mets, McMahon helped the Rockies out in a big way with a pinch-hit three-run home run.

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