Bend Rockies

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Team History[edit]

In 1992 the formerly independent Bend Bucks signed up as the first farm team of the expansion Colorado Rockies. The new Bend Rockies went 43-33 under Gene Glynn, winning the southern division of the Northwest League before losing both games in the championship series to the Bellingham Mariners. With all of the Rockies' 1st 13 draft picks, Bend was second in the league in runs scored (402), allowed the fewest runs (321) and had 29 fewer errors than any other team (127-98). All-Star SS Jason Bates (.286/~.415/.420) led the league with 57 runs, while All-Star P Mark Thompson (8-4, 1.95) led the NWL in strikeouts (102) and ERA. Jason Hutchins (0-3, 18 Sv, 2.59) was named the top prospect by the league's managers while Roger Bailey (5-2, 2.20) was fourth in ERA and joined the other 3 among the top 7 prospects.

In 1993 Bend fell to last (35-41) under Howie Bedell. Jason Johnson (4-1, 3 Sv, 0.79) led the club in ERA while SS Neifi Perez (.260/~.306/.355) was named the 10th-best prospect in the NWL.

The 1994 edition of the club slipped even further, going 29-47 for Rudy Jaramillo. First-round pick Doug Million went 5-3 with a 2.34 ERA and was voted the #3 prospect in the circuit, while OF Derrick Gibson (.264/.350/.493) was picked as the #6 prospect after tying for the league lead with 12 homers, though Gibson whiffed 102 times in 73 games, to lead the league in strikeouts.

The next season the team moved to Portland, OR and became the Portland Rockies. The Bend Bandits took their spot in Bend, OR.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1992 43-33 1st (t) Gene Glynn Lost League Finals
1993 35-41 6th (t) Howie Bedell
1994 29-47 8th Rudy Jaramillo