Welcome to the big leagues, David Dahl.
The Colorado Rockies are set to call up the 22-year-old Monday, according to Nick Groke of The Denver Post. The Rockies will designate reserve outfielder Brandon Barnes for assignment to make room for Dahl, who is the organization’s top outfield prospect.
Colorado selected Dahl with its first-round pick in 2012.
He started this season in double-A with the Hartford Yard Goats, hitting .278/.367/.500 with 13 home runs in 76 games.
In June, Dahl got a promotion to triple-A Albuquerque, where he turned into the baseball equivalent of an NBA Jam character. He hit a ridiculous .484/.529/.887 and clubbed five home runs in 16 games with the Isotopes.
That blistering stretch earned Dahl one more promotion. He’ll join the Rockies as they start a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on the road.
Dahl is coming aboard just as the Aug. 1 trade deadline approaches. Veteran outfielders Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez have both been named in potential trades.
Dahl’s 2015 season was derailed after he ruptured his spleen in an outfield collision. But Dahl’s bounced back from that injury nicely, and now he’ll be the youngest player on the Rockies’ 25-man roster.