Rockies send slugger Wilin Rosario to AAA Albuquerque

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Wilin Rosario exploded onto the MLB scene in 2012, tallying 28 home runs and 71 RBI over 117 games as a 23-year-old. But his home run total fell to 21 in 2013 and then 13 in 2014, and he never showed any sort of defensive improvement at catcher or first base. The swift career decline continues in 2015 …

According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the 26-year-old slugger was officially optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday afternoon. The move clears a 25-man roster spot for reliever John Axford, who was away from the Rockies for the last 10 days to be with his young son Jameson, who got bitten twice by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona.

Rosario is going to be the everyday first baseman at Albuquerque. He’s probably done catching for good.

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.