Antonio Senzatela

Position: RHP
Born: 01/21/95
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as international free agent (Venezuela) July 8, 2011 (COL).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Went 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA in seven starts at Hartford (Double-A), striking out 27 while walking nine and allowing 27 hits in 34 2/3 innings, limiting opposing hitters to a .218 average.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Broke camp with the team out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 04/06/17

Debut Details
April 6, in a 2-1 win over the Brewers. The starting pitcher, he did not get the decision since the Rockies pulled out the victory with late-inning heroics, but he tossed five innings of two-hit shutout ball, walking three while striking out six. Out of 93 pitches thrown, 56 were for strikes. The first big-league batter he faced, Jonathan Villar, grounded out to first base unassisted. Eric Thames followed with a single to left field, Jesus Aguilar doubled to left and Travis Shaw drew a walk to load the bases with one out, but Domingo Santana then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat. Senzatela's rockiest moment (no pun intended) came in the second when, with one out, a fastball got away from him and hit batter Keon Broxton in the face, causing a cut and a slight nasal fracture. He was replaced on the basepaths by Kirk Nieuwenheis who was stranded when Jett Bandy lined out and Chase Anderson struck out swinging. Only two more batters would reach base in the next three innings, Thames and Hernan Perez, both on walks, and Senzatela retired two of his three last batters, Anderson and Thames, on swinging strikeouts before his night was done. Senzatela did find Broxton after the game to check in on how he was doing.

Player Notes
Senzatela's arrival in the Rockies' rotation at 22 years old may be bittersweet after losing his biggest fan and supporter, his mother, to cancer last summer. Senzatela, who had earned California League Pitcher of the Year honors in 2015 when he posted a 2.51 ERA in 26 starts at Modesto (High A) was off to a strong start in his Double-A debut in 2016 with a 1.82 ERA in seven starts before a shoulder injury sidelined him. Knowing his mother was ill in Venezuela, he went home to visit her and was able to be with her in her final days. A strong presence on the mound with command of his mid-90s fastball, changeup and slider, his calm demeanor is also an asset. During his short career, he's posted a 2.45 ERA in 88 games and limited opposing hitters to a .226 average.