Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (48-59)
Salt Lake 9, Albuquerque 8
W: Morin (2-0, 7.20) ; L: Castro, S (5-4, 3.17)
This was a wild one featuring two teams with home parks worthy of their PCL reputation. After starter David Hale coughed up six runs in his 2 2/3 innings of work to put the Isotopes in an early hole, Albuquerque fought back to take an 8-7 lead on the back of home runs by Wilin Rosario, Cristhian Adames and Trevor Story. Story's grand slam, which tied the game after the Isotopes dug themselves into a six-run deficit, was his eighth home run since being promoted to Triple-A.
Unfortunately Simon Castro lost this one in extra innings, following three scoreless innings of work by Jairo Diaz and Rex Brothers, wherein those two struck out eight and walked none.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (51-54)
New Britain 6, Erie 5
W: Flemer (6-7, 3.16) ; L: Kubitza (6-10, 6.08) ; SV: Estevez, C (6)
New Britain has shown signs of life since a June swoon that nearly destroyed any chance at a playoff appearance, coinciding with the return of top prospect David Dahl. Dahl did his damage in this one collecting a single, double and triple in his first three at bats. Dahl's collision and subsequent spleen removal happened just as he had started to establish himself in the high minors. After Friday's game Dahl is hitting .320 since the start of May, and despite recovering from major surgery was able to finish July with a .321/.321/.491 line. Obviously you would like to see a few more walks, but everything else is right in line with what we had been hoping to see.
If Dahl is hitting well in Double-A, then Jordan Patterson is hitting well for anywhere, collecting two more doubles to drive his Double-A line to .375/.426/.667.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (56-48)
Visalia 9, Modesto 2
W: Sinnery (3-0, 3.06) ; L: Jemiola (4-3, 4.88)
Rosell Herrera finished a home run short of a cycle but also gave a few back with his glove. Herrera has been scuffling in High-A but did finish July with a .329/.374/.471 line that is more in line with what expectations for the talented youngster has been.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (52-51)
Savannah 8, Asheville 3
W: Knapp (5-2, 2.83) ; L: Shouse (3-1, 4.08)
The Tourists offense was quieted by Savannah's Ricky Knapp, with Dom Nunez collecting the only extra -se hit for Asheville, and was the only hitter to have multiple hits. Max White was 1-for-3 with a walk and his .318/.450/.543 line has been one of the more pleasant surprises in the Rockies system this year, the talented 21-year-old still strikes out too much, but is doing everything else in a way that justifies the scouting that made him a second round pick in 2012.
Class A Short-Season: Boise Hawks (16-27)
Boise 7, Vancouver 4
W: Palacios, J (2-2, 3.76) ; L: Saucedo (0-1, 4.50) ; SV: Quintin (3)
Javier Palacios had another nice start, in fact the DSL alum has mostly had nice starts outside of on July 19, when he gave up six of the 17 earned runs he has allowed this year. Carlos Herrera and Forrest Wall worked five walks and stole three bases between them at the top of the lineup, Kevin Padlo swiped his 22nd base in 39 games for the Hawks in route to their 16th win of the season.
Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (22-20)
Orem 12, Grand Junction 4
W: Hartman (2-0, 3.60) ; L: Killian (1-2, 5.81)
Orem has been a nightmare for Grand Junction recently. It seems like every matchup ends up in a track meet and this contest was no exception as the Owls plated 12 runs on 20 hits. For Grand Junction there were bright spots, like Mylz Jones collecting his sixth multi-hit game in his last 10 tries, or Tyler Nevin collecting his ninth double in 29 games, but on the whole the Rockies would probably like to have this one back.
Rookie: DSL Rockies (22-31)
DSL Yankees 4, DSL Rockies 3
W: Rosario, M (2-1, 8.31) ; L: Viloria, I (1-3, 3.80) ; SV: Arias, F (3)
Breiling Eusebio is making a case to be the next pitcher from the Rockies international program to make it onto your radar. The 18 year old is leading the DSL Rockies in ERA, WHIP, strikeouts and innings pitched. On the offensive side we could talk all day about the usual suspects as many had nice games in this contest.
But let's highlight a guy who hasn't gotten a ton of attention here, and that is 17-year-old catcher Javier Guevara whose .267/.355/.410 line shows patience and solid contact skills for someone his age, but what is really cool is Guevara has thrown out 29 of 55 would-be base stealers, which would seem to indicate that the guy has a cannon for an arm. I will look for more scouting on all these DSL products, but mostly look forward to when we get to see them stateside.