Familiar Faces Await Rockies in the Steel City
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle spent 15-plus years in the Rockies organization. He served as the minor-league hitting coordinator (1994-96), was promoted to the big-league staff as the hitting coach in 1997, and was named the team's managed on April 26, 2002. He was fired and replaced by former Pirates manager Jim Tracy on May 29, 2009.
He managed the Rockies to their only World Series appearance in 2007. The Rockies and Hurdle beat the Padres and current Rockies manager Bud Black in a Game 163 to decide the NL wild-card in an 11-inning contest at Coors Field that will be remembered for Matt Holliday's still-debated slide into home plate with the winning run.
Right-handed pitcher Steven Brault, who is scheduled to start Monday's series opener, is a native of Southern California, but attended Regis University and was an 11th-round draft choice of the Orioles in 2013. As the 339th player selected in that draft he was the second highest selection ever from Regis, 24 selections behind Tim Karns, who also was an 11th-round selection by the Orioles in 1993.
Outfielder Corey Dickerson was an eight-round draft choice of the Rockies in 2010. He hit .282 with 39 home runs with the Rockies (2013-15). In January of 2016 he was traded by the Rockies, along with 3B Kevin Padlo, to Tampa Bay for left-handed reliever Jake McGee and right-handed starter German Marquez. He hit .265 with 51 home runs in two years with Tampa Bay, and was non-tendered at the end of last season. He signed with the Pirates in the off-season.
Right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel is on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury, and began a rehab assignment on Thursday. A graduate of Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, whose father Jeff was one of the Rockies original scouts, and Central Arizona College. A 25th round drft choice of the Angels in 2010, he has appeared in 73 big-league games as a reliever with the Diamondbacks and Pirates going 6-2 with a 3.19 ERA.