SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Mark Reynolds appears to have locked down the 25th spot on the Rockies roster, prompting the Rockies to send left-handed-hitting outfielder Michael Tauchman to the Yankees for minor-league pitcher Phillip Diehl, a lefthander, opening a spot on the Rockies 40-man roster.
The move of Tauchman for Diehl, who was a non-roster player in the Yankees' camp, leaves the Rockies with 39 players on the 40-man roster, pending finalizing the addition of Reynolds.
Diehl, 24, split his 2018 season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, combining to go 2-3 with 2.51 ERA (75.1 IP, 21 ER), 23 walks and 108 strikeouts over 39 appearances in relief. He was a non-roster invitee to Yankees Major League Spring Training, making nine appearances, and allowing five runs on 11 hits with four walks and 17 strikeouts in 10 innings.
Originally drafted by the Yankees in the 27th round in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Louisiana Tech University, the Cincinnati native is 16-6 with a 2.78 ERA (194.1 IP, 60 ER), 55 walks and 250 strikeouts in three Minor League seasons. He originally attended Evansville University, where he was a teammate of Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland.
Tauchman, 28, made two stints with the Rockies in 2018 and batted .094 (3-for-32) with five runs, one double and four walks in 21 games.
This spring, he hit .196 (9-for-46) with seven runs, four doubles, eight RBI, nine walks and 13 strikeouts in 24 games. The Palatine, Ill., native made his Major League debut with the Rockies on June 27, 2017 at San Francisco, and batted .153 (9-for-59) with seven runs, one double, one triple, two RBI, nine walks, 25 strikeouts and two stolen bases in 52 games across parts of two seasons with Colorado.