Rockies prospects Trevor Story and Ken Roberts had impressive showings in the Salt River Rafters' 7-4 loss to Scottsdale in the opening game of the 2014 Arizona Fall League campaign on Tuesday.
Story singled to lead off second inning and doubled to start the fourth, but he was stranded on base both times. The 21-year-old shortstop struck out in each of his next two plate appearances, finishing 2-for-4 on the night.
Roberts entered the game in the top of the third inning and retired Scottsdale on nine pitches in that frame, getting two groundouts and a strikeout of highly touted Pirates prospect Josh Bell. Roberts remained in the game for the fourth inning and worked around a one-out walk to set down the opposition with relative ease. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out two in two hitless innings of work.
Ryan Casteel, who spent all of 2014 for the Rockies' Double-A affiliate in Tulsa, started the game at first base and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
The Rafters will be back in action on Wednesday at 7:35 p.m. MT against Scottsdale. Story will be back in the lineup, serving as the designated hitter and batting in the No. 3 spot. Taylor Featherston will join his Double-A teammate in the starting lineup, batting sixth and playing shortstop.