Nevin, Terrin Vavra and a player to be named later were traded from the Orioles to the Rockies in exchange for Mychal Givens on Sunday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Nevin has been at the Rockies' alternate training site this season and will now be joining a new organization. The 23-year-old spent the 2019 campaign at the Double-A level and slashed .251/.345/.399 with 13 homers and six stolen bases in 130 games.
Nevin didn't make the Rockies' initial 30-man roster. Nevin was able to work with the major-league roster during summer camp, but he'll head to the alternate training site ahead of the regular season. The 23-year-old is a potential option at first base in the future for the Rockies, but it's unlikely that he'll see significant time in the majors this year. Nevin slashed .251/.345/.399 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI with Double-A Hartford last season.
Nevin has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. The Rockies have mentioned Nevin and Colton Welker as potential options at first base in the future, given that they are both close to the majors and Colorado seems likely to decline Daniel Murphy's mutual option for 2021. Nevin took advantage of the hitter-friendly conditions at Asheville and Lancaster in 2017 and 2018, but his slash line dipped to .251/.345/.399 in the more neutral conditions at Double-A Hartford.
Nevin or Colton Welker will have a chance to play first base for the Rockies in the coming years, according to farm director Zach Wilson, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports. Wilson notes that Ryan McMahon has found a home at second base, so as things stand, it could be Nevin or Welker, assuming the Rockies decline Daniel Murphy's mutual option for 2021. Michael Toglia is the best first base prospect in the system, but he is at least a year behind Nevin and Welker. Nevin took advantage of the hitter-friendly conditions at Asheville and Lancaster in 2017 and 2018, but his slash line dipped to .251/.345/.399 in the more neutral conditions at Double-A Hartford.
Nevin's contract was selected by the Rockies on Wednesday. The move protects the 22-year-old from being exposed to the Rule 5 draft. His .251/.345/.399 slash line for Double-A Hartford last season was good enough for a 122 wRC+, but he still likely needs time at the Triple-A level before earning his first career callup.
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