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Rockies Prospect Roundup: Tom Murphy invited to play for Team USA

Several prospects are earning invites to play on a bigger stage, in the Pan American and Futures Game. Dominican prospect Pedro Gonzalez led the organization in home runs in June. Stats and video highlights are also included.

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Tom Murphy will be out of action for a couple of weeks in July as the catcher was invited to play for Team USA in the Pan American games. Managed by former Rockies skipper Jim Tracy, Murphy will be one of 24 minor league players representing Team USA in Toronto beginning on July 11.

Through 59 games, Murphy is batting .249 and leads all Rockies farm hands with 11 home runs. The University of Buffalo alum started the season red hot, batting .323 in the month of April, only to cool off in June to the tune of a .176 average. Murphy is known for a strong arm and good game calling skills, but is still searching for consistency when making contact.

Trevor Story will also be missing from his team for a short period of time in July as the infielder was invited to participate in the All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati on July 12. The Texas native was one of the Eastern Leagues leading hitters, and ranked at the top of the leader board in several categories including: slugging, walks and runs scored.

Despite an underwhelming June in which Story hit just .215, the Rockies promoted the shortstop to Triple-A Albuquerque where he faced former Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in his initial start. Story went 1-for-5 with a double in his Triple-A debut, and backed it up on the field with a strong defensive effort.

Prior to the promotion, Story was batting .281/.373/.523 in Double-A New Britain. The former first round pick will be joined at the Futures Game by outfielder Raimel Tapia and Modesto manager Fred Ocasio who will be coaching the World Team.

Pedro Gonzalez hitting for power

It's easy to understand why some prospect followers are reluctant to jump on the bandwagon of Dominican League players. They speak a different language, have yet to play in the states and are usually not even old enough to fight for their country. However, Pedro Gonzalez is a player fans should watch out for.

Signed in 2014 for $1.3 million as an international free agent, Gonzalez is making a name for himself in the DSL as an exciting player with power. The shortstop is lighting up DSL pitchers with a slash line of .327/.381/.626 and is second in the league with six home runs. Only a month into the season, the 17-year-old Gonzalez is just one home run shy of the team record of seven held by Hamlet Marte.

At 6-foot-4, Gonzalez is a tall infielder with room to add muscle. John Sickels  listed the Dominican native as having a 'High Ceiling Alert' and described his attributes in the 2015 Baseball Prospect Book.

"Keeping mind the sometimes-sketchy nature of international scouting reports, Gonzalez looks pretty damn intriguing. He has overall athletic ability, could add 20 or 30 pounds of muscle to his lanky frame as he matures, and has a strong throwing arm. As a player, he is said to have good strike zone judgment for his age and loads of power potential, a nice report for a shortstop."

Stat Central

Top Pitchers in June

Name

Team

IP

BF

ER

R

H

SO

PPI

K/9

WHIP

ERA

Yohander Quintana

DSL ROCK

26.1

98

4

4

15

23

6.2

7.9

0.77

1.37

Antonio Senzatela

MOD

16.0

61

3

4

10

19

7.1

10.7

0.81

1.69

Harrison Musgrave

MOD

31.1

118

6

6

21

28

7.6

8.1

0.80

1.72

Breiling Eusebio

DSL ROCK

30.0

127

6

12

24

29

7.5

8.7

1.13

1.80

Helmis Rodriguez

ASH

29.1

119

6

10

25

17

13.1

5.3

1.24

1.84

Top Hitters in June

Name

Team

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

BB

K

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

Ryan Stephens

ASH

34

10

14

3

1

4

11

31

4

5

2

0.412

0.474

0.912

1.386

Max White

ASH

43

14

17

3

2

2

13

30

15

14

9

0.395

0.552

0.698

1.250

Yonathan Daza

BOI

48

12

19

7

2

2

12

36

3

10

3

0.396

0.442

0.750

1.192

Jensen Park

GJ

28

5

12

3

0

1

5

18

0

6

1

0.429

0.448

0.643

1.091

Matt McBride

ALB

116

29

41

13

1

6

20

74

8

16

1

0.353

0.398

0.638

1.036

Sam Hilliard

GJ

40

7

14

3

2

1

10

24

4

4

3

0.350

0.409

0.600

1.009

Pedro Gonzalez

DSL ROCK

107

22

34

10

2

6

22

66

8

34

6

0.318

0.378

0.617

0.995

Dustin Garneau

ALB

86

14

25

7

0

6

22

50

10

9

1

0.291

0.367

0.581

0.948

Hamlet Marte

BOI

37

4

13

7

0

0

3

20

3

10

2

0.351

0.400

0.541

0.941

Brendan Rodgers

GJ

14

3

4

1

0

1

2

8

1

4

1

0.286

0.333

0.571

0.904

Highlights of the Month

No. 3 overall pick Brendan Rodgers hits his first home run, an opposite field shot, as a Grand Junction Rockie.

Correlle Prime with a grand slam to left-center for Modesto.

Beautiful defensive play by New Britain's shortstop Patrick Valaika deep in the hole.

Eddie Butler strikes out the side in Salt Lake.