Rockies’ catcher Brian Serven making strong rookie statement

The Rockies’ best-laid plans have not gone as planned. The club’s 30-37 record is proof of that.

But the emergence of rookie catcher Brian Serven is a positive development that takes some sting out of multiple disappointments.

Serven, who’s supplanted the slumping Elias Diaz as the Rockies’ No. 1 catcher, enters Tuesday night’s game at Miami hitting .321 with a .923 OPS over his first 62 big-league plate appearances. He’s hit three home runs and has nine RBIs in 19 games.

That’s a small sample size, to be sure, but Serven acts, and talks, like a player who belongs.

“It’s felt like normal baseball,” he said Thursday after his four-hit game in Colorado’s 4-2 loss to Cleveland. “It’s definitely felt normal being around all these guys and being on the field with all these guys.”

Manager Bud Black holds catchers to a high standard, so his praise of Serven is noteworthy.

“He’s in a good spot,” Black said. “We need that. He’s proven in a short period of time that his efforts in Triple-A (warranted) him a promotion to the big leagues. Now he’s here, he’s making a point of wanting to stay through his performance. He’s doing a really good job.”

Serven has made a strong statement not only with his bat but with his defense and game-calling.

“He’s shown us strong in-game awareness and his blocking behind the plate has been solid,” Black said.

Opposing teams, however, have been running on Serven. He’s allowed 13 stolen bases while throwing out only three would-be thieves, a 19% caught-stealing percentage that’s well below the 26% major league average.

Serven made his big-league debut on May 18 at age 27. It required a long journey to get to the majors.

Drafted by the Rockies in the fifth round in 2016 after a three-year career at Arizona State, Serven spent six years in …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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