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Rockies promote Angel Chivilli for MLB debut

The Rockies announced this today Justin Lawrence has been placed on the paternity list. To take his place in the active roster, fellow righty Angel Chivilli was recalled from Double-A Hartford and will make his Major League debut as soon as he starts a game.

Chivilli, 21, was an international signing of the Rockies from the Dominican Republic. He put himself on the map in 2022 by throwing 40 2/3 innings between the Complex League and Single-A with a 2.21 earned run average. He struck out 30.5% of batters that year, while only walking at a 6% clip.

Baseball America ranked him as the #20 prospect in the Rockies system entering 2023, highlighting his mid-90s fastball as well as his slider and shiftiness. Its results rose slightly last year, but still have strong underlying numbers. He had a 5.61 ERA over 61 innings between High-A and Double-A, but struck out 25.1% of opponents while walking just 7.7%. Without a .345 batting average on balls in play and a 60.7% strand percentage, fewer runs would have crossed the plate.

The Rockies added him to their 40-man roster in November to keep him out of the Rule 5 draft and BA ranked him No. 23 in the system for 2024. He has thrown 7 2/3 innings so far at the Double -A level. this year with a 2.35 ERA, striking out eight and walking four. It could be a short stay in the big leagues for Chivilli, as paternity lists last a maximum of three days.