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Rockies Send Lacemann to Evaluate Devils

PASCO, Wash. -  The parent-club Colorado Rockies have sent their most experienced baseball mind to the Tri-Cities to lend a hand. Special assistant to the GM Marcel Lachemann just wrapped up his three game stay in Pasco, where he spent time observing and instructing the Dust Devils, the Rockies' NWL affiliate.

Lacemann, who managed the L.A. Angels in the mid-90's, now visits Colorado's minor league franchises and reports to Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd. He likes what he sees, especially a few of the pitchers such as Josh Sullivan and Shane Lindsay  The Rockies are counting on the minor leaguers heavily."

"The real way that you build and you can survive in this business without a 250-million dollar payroll is to develop your own players," he said. "You need to keep that stream coming, because you are not going to be able to keep them all once they get really good and are free agents and command multi-million dollar contracts and you can't pay them.  You better have somebody in the system ready to step in. That's the job our player development people have, and the last several years it's been a huge increase in the number of prospects we've had in the organization."

Lacemann will visit with the Rockies' other minor league affiliates throughout the summer.