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Pounders signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training.

For the second season in a row, Pounders succeeded at Triple-A but struggled in the majors. While he posted a solid 2.63 ERA and 1.11 WHIP across 51.1 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake in 2017, the 27-year-old was tagged for 12 runs in 10.1 major-league frames. The 2009 second-round pick will compete for a spot on the Rockies' Opening Day roster, though he'll likely spend the year as organizational pitching depth.

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