Jack Etkin: Rockies Minor League Adjustments Include Firing Glenallen Hill
By Jack Etkin
Glenallen Hill, who spent 15 years in the Rockies’ organization, the past seven managing their Triple-A affiliate, has been fired along with two other members of the minor league staff.
The Rockies also parted ways with Double-A hitting coach Lee Stevens and Class A Asheville hitting coach Paco Martin.
Hill was on Colorado’s big league staff from 2007-2012, serving as first base coach and the baserunning and outfield instructor. He joined the Rockies’ organization in 2004 as hitting coach at High Class A Modesto and took over as manager of that team for the final three months in 2006 when manager Chad Kreuter left to become head coach at USC. In 2013, Hill began managing the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate, which was in Colorado Springs through 2014 before moving to Albuquerque for the 2015 season.
Assistant general manager Zach Wilson, who oversees player development, does not divulge reasons when deciding to let members of his field staff go and adhered to that policy in the cases of Hill, Stevens and Martin.
Stevens spent seven seasons in the Rockies’ organization, the past two at Hartford. He also spent four seasons as the hitting coach at Rookie level Grand Junction from 2013-2015 and 2017 and one 2016 at Modesto, where the Rockies had their High Class A affiliate before moving to Lancaster in 2017. Martin spent three years in the Rockies’ organization, all as Asheville’s hitting coach.
The Rockies have re-signed right-hander Ashton Goudeau, 27, to a minor league contract. He went 3-2 with a 2.07 ERA in 16 starts at Hartford last season, his first in the Rockies’ organization, with 12 walks and 91 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings and just 60 hits and four home runs allowed.
Goudeau missed a little over two months with a broken right hand. He sustained the injury when he slammed his glove down in frustration upon returning to the dugout but made several starts afterward before finally being sidelined after a June 5 start.
Because he pitched well but with relatively few innings, the Rockies sent Goudeau to the Arizona Fall League. In five games with Salt River, Goudeau is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing four hits and no walks in 11 innings with 15 strikeouts. He was the Rockies lone player selected for the AFL Fall Star Game, where he also turned in a scoreless effort.
The Rockies originally signed Goudeau to a minor league contract last November. He spent seven seasons in the Royals’ organization after being drafted by Kansas City in the 27th round in 2012 out of Metropolitan Community College-Maplewoods Campus in Kansas City, and finished the 2018 season with Seattle’s Triple-A Tacoma farm club.
Hartford pitching coach Steve Merriman, who worked with Goudeau this year, was a pitching coach in the Kansas City organization in 2013 and 2014, working at the Low Class A level in the latter season where Goudeau made seven starts after moving up from a short-season club.
Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster also knew Goudeau from their time in Royals’ organization where Foster worked from 2010-2014. He was Kansas City's minor league pitching coordinator in 2013-2014 and the major league bullpen coach from 2010-2012.