Rockies 2014 first-round draft pick Kyle Freeland made his professional debut on Wednesday and struck out a pair of batters in two scoreless innings in Rookie-level Grand Junction's 12-2 win over Missoula.
Freeland, the left-handed Colorado native, allowed three singles but was otherwise efficient. He did not issue a walk and pounded the strike zone with great regularity. Here are a few tweets describing Freeland's performance from a couple of trusted sources who were in attendance:
3 pitches, 3 strikes for Freeland first batter faced. All fastballs, 92mph. 7 pitch first inning in his debut pic.twitter.com/BL6AoWRFbI— Matthew Muzia (@MMuzia) July 10, 2014
Exactly what a first-rounder should do: 17 pitches, 15 strikes for @KFREE_21 in his pro debut. Three hits. Two strikeouts. 96 mph FB for a K— Patti Arnold (@gjsportswriter) July 10, 2014
Freeland FB 92-94, SL 82. Very deceptive slider, had trouble picking it up at first. Almost 3/4 delivery. 70 grade stirrup socks.— Matthew Muzia (@MMuzia) July 10, 2014
Luis Castro led the Rookie Rockies with three hits, one of which was a third-inning grand slam. Forrest Wall, Nate Causey and Hamlet Marte (whose hits have a different sound than everyone else's -- and in a good way -- per Muzia), had two hits apiece. Causey and Kevin Padlo went yard.
Rafael Betancourt made another rehab appearance and allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work. He struck out one.
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Rafael Ynoa went 5-for-5 with four doubles and three runs batted in and Carlos Gonzalez homered, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored a couple of runs in his final rehab appearance for Triple-A Colorado Springs, which earned a 12-4 victory over Round Rock.
Gonzalez struck out a couple of times, but more importantly, he played the entire game, presumably meaning he felt fine swinging the bat.
Jason Pridie added three hits, including his 10th home run of the year, and cleanup hitter (!) Angelys Nina added a pair of knocks and two RBI. Mike McClendon did the bulk of the work on the mound, tossing six innings of one-run ball in relief of Brian Burres, who was pulled after the first.
Tulsa 8, Arkansas 5: David Bergin homered and drove in two as part of his three-hit performance. Ryan Casteel and Jose Gonzalez added a couple of hits apiece and Trevor Story went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
Stockton 5, Modesto 3: Rosell Herrera, who -- REMINDER -- will be playing in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, showed signs of life by going 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored. Michael Tauchman doubled twice as part of a team-leading three-hit day. Shane Broyles struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning. The 22-year-old right-hander has pretty good numbers despite his pedestrian 4.33 ERA, striking out 50 batters and walking 15 in 43⅔ innings.
Rome 4, Asheville 0: Zach Jemiola's streak of dominance came to a halt. He allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out a batter without issuing a walk. Still not a bad outing, particularly when taking into account the park in which the game was played. Raimel Tapia had the only hit for the Tourists in the rain-shortened, seven-inning affair.
Tri-City 3, Spokane 1: After a scoreless first, Helmis Rodriguez allowed a run on a second-inning solo homer, then proceeded to breeze through the next six frames, surrendering only five hits while not issuing a walk and striking out one. The 20-year-old left-hander boasts a 1.67 ERA through six starts. Miguel Dilone and Dillon Thomas both had three hits including a double and Marcos Derkes hit a solo home run, his first of the year, in the ninth inning.
DSL Red Sox 1, DSL Rockies 0: Erick Julio allowed only a run on three hits and struck out five in six innings, but the Rockies' offense managed just five singles and a triple. The three-bagger was hit by Jonathan Piron, who paced all hitters with two knocks.