Paulsen, 26, entered Thursday hitting .306/.395/.545 in 349 plate appearances during his second stint in the Pacific Coast League. Paulsen hit .292/.345/.523 with 18 home runs last year, which was his best professional season until now. The Clemson alum, who was the Rockies' third-round draft pick in 2009, has already walked a career-high 44 times while smacking 41 extra-base hits in 83 games for the Sky Sox.
Paulsen went 2-for-3 with a walk in Colorado Springs' 7-5 victory on Wednesday. Teammate Nolan Arenado, who started at designated hitter, went 1-for-2 before being pulled in favor of Rafael Ynoa. Arenado will return to the big league club Thursday after completing a rehab assignment during which he had seven hits in 20 at-bats.
Brett Anderson made his first rehab start on his journey back from a broken finger. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out four while walking one and allowing two hits in 3⅔ innings. Boone Logan also got some work in, striking out a batter while issuing a walk in an otherwise flawless ninth inning.
Tourists hold on after Wade's impressive start
Konner Wade didn't allow an earned run in seven innings of work but Low-A Asheville blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning before plating a pair in the 10th and eventually beating Greenville, 7-6.
Wade struck out six batters and allowed only four hits in the latest in a string of very good outings. The 22-year-old right-hander has surrendered one earned run in his last 21⅓ innings spanning three starts. Wade was robbed of a win after Carlos Estevez five runs -- four earned -- on a couple of homers in the ninth. In the top half of the next inning, Ryan McMahon drew a leadoff walk and scored on Correlle Prime's triple. Jordan Patterson plated Prime on a sacrifice fly for what proved to be the deciding run.
San Jose 8, Modesto 2: Patrick Valaika had two of the Nuts' six hits. Rosell Herrera doubled and walked in four plate appearances. Ben Alsup allowed three earned runs on nine hits in 7⅓ innings. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Boise 8, Tri-City 3: Josh Fuentes led the Dust Devils' offense with a pair of hits. Ryan Warner struggled, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in just 3⅓ innings.
Grand Junction 6, Orem 2: Terry McClure had two hits -- including a homer -- and walked twice from the top of the Rookie Rockies' order. Kevin Padlo added two hits and two RBI, both of which came on a ninth-inning triple, Grand Junction's only hit in the deciding four-run frame.
DSL Rockies 6, DSL Cardinals 0: Jonathan Piron doubled twice and scored a pair of runs. Carlos Herrera and Anthony Brito each added a pair of hits behind Erick Julio, who allowed three hits and a walk while striking out six in seven scoreless innings.