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Prospect Roundup: Rockies minor league team will became the Yard Goats

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Minor league stats and video highlights for July. The Rockies Double-A affiliate will have a new home in 2016 and Venezuelan shortstop Carlos Herrera is heating up in Boise.

The Colorado Rockies Double-A affiliate announced on Wednesday they will officially be moving out of New Britain to Hartford, Connecticut and changing their name to the Yard Goats in 2016. The team will move into Dunkin Donuts Park, a new baseball facility being built at a cost of $56 million and part of a $350 million revitalization project in the downtown Hartford area.

The logo and name change has been embraced by many fans and players, including Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who showed off his new cap this week.

Not everyone was excited about the announcement however, as Sara Morrison of Boston.com wrote a scathing article accusing the Rock Cats owners of negotiating in secret and implicating the owners of participating in "the fine Connecticut tradition of being screwed over by sports teams."

The article compares the move to when the Hartford Whalers left Connecticut to become the Carolina Hurricanes and when the Patriots backed out of a football stadium agreement to move to Foxboro. Even though the first official announcement came in February, her arguments seemed to have some merit, as New Britain mayor Erin Stewart thought the team was sticking around when she released this tweet back in June last year.

The name was chosen as part of submission contest, which involved over 6,000 suggestions and pays homage to the former New York/New Haven/Harford Railroad company.  In a press release, Hartford officials provided a description for what a Yard Goat represents.

"The definition of a Yard Goat is a hardworking locomotive that moves trains from track to track, keeping the rail yard moving. A Minor League Baseball player is like that Yard Goat, working hard in his Minor League City to keep his Major League affiliate on track."

The Rockies Double-A affiliate will begin playing games in Hartford in April of 2016, and the new uniforms will likely be filled with prospects such as Ryan McMahon and Antonio Senzatela.

Carlos Herrera heating up in Boise

Shortstop Carlos Herrera went 2-for-4 on Friday, raising his average to .324 for the month of July in Short-season Boise. The Venezuelan prospect is getting comfortable in his new home and is finally providing some return after initially struggling in his Northwest League debut.

Herrera's splits show a significant improvement from June to July.

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

June

0.213

0.245

0.234

0.479

July

0.324

0.343

0.500

0.843

Herrera was one of the top rated shortstop prospects in the 2013 international free agency period when he signed with the Rockies for $1.2 million. He was praised for his athleticism and was tabbed as a ‘quick-twitch athlete' by Ben Badler of Baseball America, who also lauded Herrera's contact abilities.

"He has a short, quick stroke, and the bat head stays in the hitting zone a long time, resulting in a high contact rate. He squares balls up consistently and hits line drives to all fields, so he should be able to hit for average and potentially hit at the top of the order."

Herrera started the season in the Dominican League, providing guidance and sharing time with younger prospect Pedro Gonzalez, who was signed in 2014 for $1.3 million . The left-handed hitter jumped out of the gate quickly, batting .340 and proving to the Rockies he was ready for a stateside appointment.

Herrera has been an everyday player in Boise in a league where the average hitter is three years older than the 18-year-old infielder. The Northwest League is typically made up of college players chosen in the June draft, so it's encouraging that the youngest player on the team is batting over .300 for the month. He's showing good contact skills as well, maintaining a low strikeout rate of just 16 percent.

Stat Central

Top Hitters in July

Name

H

2B

3B

HR

K

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

Team

Jordan Patterson

16

3

2

4

11

4

0.381

0.447

0.833

1.280

MOD

Raimel Tapia

19

1

2

1

4

3

0.463

0.489

0.659

1.148

MOD

Kevin Padlo

15

2

1

1

5

7

0.417

0.523

0.611

1.134

BOI

Dom Nunez

7

1

0

1

2

1

0.333

0.563

0.524

1.087

ASH

Luis Jean

15

3

1

0

1

3

0.429

0.488

0.571

1.059

ASH

Drew Weeks

13

3

0

1

3

2

0.394

0.463

0.576

1.039

ASH

Cristhian Adames

16

2

0

1

3

1

0.410

0.439

0.538

0.977

ALB

Kyle Parker

12

7

2

0

9

0

0.324

0.350

0.622

0.972

ALB

Dustin Garneau

9

2

0

1

4

1

0.333

0.400

0.519

0.919

ALB

Hamlet Marte

9

4

0

1

11

0

0.273

0.359

0.485

0.844

BOI

Carlos Herrera

11

1

1

1

5

2

0.324

0.343

0.500

0.843

BOI

Top Pitchers in July

Name

Team

Outs

IP

BF

H

SO

PPI

WHIP

ERA

Jon Gray

ALB

36

12

49

9

17

16.8

1.17

2.25

Harrison Musgrave

NBR

39

13

50

7

13

6.5

0.69

2.08

Eddie Butler

ALB

39

13

52

10

12

14.5

1.08

4.15

Breiling Eusebio

DSL ROCK

36

12

44

3

12

6.4

0.50

0.00

Sam Howard

ASH

34

11.1

47

12

10

15.2

1.71

1.59

Alex Balog

MOD

39

13

49

8

9

5.9

0.77

2.08

Filtered by strikeouts.

Highlights of the Month

Trevor Story takes a hanging slider and drives it over the left field wall for his second Triple-A home run.

Tom Murphy drives a ball deep for a Fourth of July home run.

Raimel Tapia and Jordan Patterson in the California League All-Star game.

Omar Carrizales hits home run for Asheville.