Pebble Report Extra: Low-A hitters

There really aren't a lot of past minor league stats to go on for Asheville's hitters, so a lot of it is based on what they've done this season (though some of them have college stats.)  Here goes with the Tourists' hitters.

C: Kyle Wilson, drafted in the 26th round last season out of Fresno State, was all right at Casper last season, hitting .262 with four homers.  Those match his stats this season, though he's only played 18 games.  The Tourists also have Nelson Robledo, batting .273 with one homer, but his career numbers are .224/.296/.297, though at 20 he may have the most upside, and he's played in 37 games.  Neil Wilson, at 21, is batting only .237 but has decent home run power.

1B: Joe Koshansky, baby.  With 11 homers and 47 RBI, he leads everybody in the Rockies system (including the big-league club) in both, and his .316 BA isn't bad, either.  Obvious concern is that, at 23, he's fairly old for the Sally League, and he only hit .234 at Tri-City last season.  Plus, he's blocked by Todd Helton, who will probably be around for a while, and he may be pretty limited defensively (seven errors.)  He does have a good body for a power hitter, though, and could eventually find himself in a corner outfield spot.  Looking at his stats as an LHP at Virginia, it's a wonder the Rockies don't have him pitching.

2B: There's Jose Valdez, who's not much of a hitter (.221 last season, .276 with five homers this season, though that may be a function of the ballpark.)  There's also Jonathan Herrera, who served a 15-day suspension and may be here now that Chris Nelson is back from his injury.  At 20, and after hitting .279 with 6 homers and 35 RBI in limited action for Asheville last season, he could have a good upside.

SS: Chris Nelson, second behind Ian Stewart on Baseball America's prospect list, hasn't played much this season due to injury.  His 2004 season at Casper gave plenty to be excited about; he batted .347 with 4 homers and 20 RBI in only 38 games.  It'll be worth waiting to see what he does in a full season at Asheville.

3B: Dustin Hahn, the Rockies' 9th round pick last season out of LSU, had an impressive debut, hitting .308 with 8 homers and 43 RBI at Casper last season.  This season, he's batting .298, but with only three homers.  Lots of strikeouts, too.

LF: Matt Miller is tied with Koshansky for the home run lead.  He doesn't walk (or strike out) nearly as much as Koshansky does... only eight walks, though?  He has a fine .355 BA after batting .269 with eight homers at Tri-City last season.  There's some reason to be excited, though we'll have to wait and see what he does at higher levels.

CF: There's John Restrepo and Florentino Nunez, neither of whom is doing much at the plate.  Nunez does have five homers, though his .202 BA is just awful.

RF: Justin Nelson, the "other" Nelson at Asheville, has been decent at the plate, hitting .259 with five homers and 24 RBI.  His .282/13/45 line at Casper indicates some potential though.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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