Rockies prospects: Ben Paulsen earns Triple-A All-Star selection; injured big leaguers rehabbing for Sky Sox

Rob Tringali

Paulsen had a couple of hits the day of the announcement of his exciting honor. Meanwhile, three of his Sky Sox teammates are getting close to returning to the big leagues.

Rockies minor league first baseman Ben Paulsen was selected as Colorado Springs' representative for the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will take place on July 16.

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.

David Dahl led the Tourists with three hits while Prime, Raimel Tapia and Jose Briceno finished with two apiece. Briceno and Michael Benjamin each hit a two-run homer.

Other games

San Antonio 4, Tulsa 3: Cristhian Adames had three hits and Taylor Featherston added a couple of doubles and scored twice. Trevor Story went 1-for-5 to raise his batting average to .190.

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.

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