Tewksbury's Oberg Healthy, Making Strong Bid For Job With Rockies
Mar 16, 2015 07:27AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Colorado Rockies pitcher Scott Oberg.
The former Tewksbury High and UConn star is in his second Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz.,with Colorado as a "non-roster invitee." This means he is not included on the Rockies' 40-man Major League roster.
The 6-2, 205-pound right-handed reliever is coming off shoulder surgery and has appeared in just two games this spring, working one inning in each. He's allowed just one hit and struck out four batters in those two innings.
Oberg's performance is just a continuation of his steady progress through the Rockies' farm system.
Drafted in 2012, Oberg appeared in 25 game for Grand Rapids of the Class A Rookie Pioneer League, with 13 saves and a 2.33 ERA.
In 2013, with the Modesto Nuts of the full season Class A California League, Oberg appeared in 56 game, recording 33 saves and 61 strikeouts, with a gaudy 1.86 ERA. Opponents hit just .178 against him.
In 2014, following his first Spring Training with the Rockies, Oberg was promoted to the Tulsa of the Class AA Texas League. Once again, he was dominating opponents. In 25 games, he was 15-for-15 in save opportunities with 21 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.63.
Unfortunately, Oberg's season was cut short, when a twinge in his right shoulder led to arthroscopic surgery by Dr. Michael Joyce to clean out debris.
Fortunately for Oberg, his rehab has had no complications and his fastball is back in the mid-90s.
If Oberg does't make the Rockies' opening day roster, he is expected to be assigned to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Colorado's affiliate in the AAA Pacific Coast League.