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Rockies Prospect Roundup: Early returns are good on pitchers acquired in Tulo trade

The three pitchers have already made several appearances for their new clubs and the results so far have been good. Tom Murphy is also playing well in Triple-A with five home runs already. Stats and highlight videos are included.

Miguel Castro
Miguel Castro
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The trio of arms which the Rockies received in the exchange for Troy Tulowitzki are already showing promise.  Each one has made multiple appearances for their respective clubs, and the organization is starting to see good numbers from the group.

Newly acquired pitcher Jeff Hoffman is settling in nicely with his new Double-A club. The 6'4 starter has a 2.45 ERA in three starts for New Britain. Hoffman started to settle in on an August 7 against Reading, whem he pitched five shutout innings. Hoffman had four strikeouts and allowed only a one hit, a two-out single in the second inning, and the righthander threw 47 of 77 pitches for strikes.

"I had command of my fastball and changeup," said Hoffman to Milb.com. "[The] breaking ball really wasn't there. I showed it enough to keep it in the back of hitters' minds. I threw strikes with the fastball and changeup, and the defense did good work behind me.

"My fastball is my second-best strikeout pitch after my curveball. When I have the ability to locate that pitch at the corners, it really sticks in the back of the hitters' heads. Get their hips moving out of the box and their bat goes the other way."

Hoffman's initial start wasn't his best as he gave up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts. The 22-year-old cited a lack of fastball command and said that he was a little too fast in his delivery.

Hoffman's latest outing against Trenton was just as strong as the New York native allowed just three hits including a solo home run. Hoffman displayed strong fastball command and consistently worked ahead in the count as he didn't walk a single batter. Ideally there would be more strikeouts from the righthander, but knowing he's working back from Tommy John surgery and was limited this year on his off-speed pitches, it's nice to see him successful without his full arsenal.

Jesus Tinoco has made three starts for Single-A Asheville, where the righthander has produced a 1.59 ERA with 18 strikeouts. Tinoco has been allowed to pitch deeper into games than Hoffman and it shows in his strikeout totals.

The 20-year-old had eight strikeouts in his last game against a very strong offensive team in Greenville. The Red Sox affiliate leads the South Atlantic League in runs scored and features several legitimate prospects, including third baseman Rafael Devers who saw action in the All-Star Future's Game this year.

Tinoco worked quickly in his effort against Greenville and was able to finish the game with just five hits allowed and one earned run. Tinoco has a live arm with sink that approaches triple digits. The Venezuelan's heavy fastball was on display in the second inning against Greenville, when he faced some adversity with two men on base and only one out. Tinoco was able to induce a slow grounder to third and Asheville completed a double play to end the threat.

Miguel Castro has made six appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque and has an ERA of 3.00 during that span. The righthander began the season as the Blue Jays closer and the Rockies have left him in the bullpen so far.

"We're still in that get-to-know-you time," Bridich told the Denver Post. "He's on the 40-man roster, so he'll be in the group considered for September. But we're not quick to unwrap our Christmas toys and play with them at this level."

At 6'5 Castro is another tall flamethrower who the Rockies were happy to add to their system after the Tulo trade. At just 20-years-old Castro has plenty of time to develop into something special and it will be interesting to see if the Rockies keep him as a closer or move him back to the rotation.

Tom Murphy is thriving in Triple-A

Tom Murphy has been on a tear since being promoted to the Triple-A club in Albuquerque on July 23. The catcher is batting .300 in in 17 games with five home runs for his new ball club.

Prior to the promotion the right-handed batter spent two weeks with the U.S. National team participating in the Pan American games in Toronto. Tommy was the primary catcher for Team USA which won a silver medal after defeating Cuba and ultimately falling to Canada in the championship game.

Murphy was promoted a short time after the international tournament and the Rockies are high on his future with the club. Drafted in round No. 3 of the 2012 draft out of the University of Buffalo. Murphy has drawn rave reviews for his power and calming presence behind the plate.

At age 24, Murphy is a couple of years young for the Triple-A level and has received mid-season promotions in each of his past three years. Murphy is a candidate for PCL player of the week, an honor that his teammate Wilin Rosario won two weeks ago.

Stat Central

Top Hitters

Name

Team

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

K

SB

ISO

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

Yonathan Daza

ASH

67

18

28

7

2

2

11

4

0.254

0.418

0.458

0.672

1.130

Jordan Patterson

NBR

90

16

29

12

0

4

15

5

0.267

0.322

0.392

0.589

0.981

Sam Hilliard

GJ

146

29

46

9

7

4

33

9

0.240

0.315

0.416

0.555

0.971

Max White

ASH

183

43

55

9

5

8

64

25

0.235

0.301

0.426

0.536

0.962

Wilin Rosario

ALB

89

12

29

10

1

4

22

1

0.270

0.326

0.355

0.596

0.951

Jordan Patterson

NBR

303

62

92

26

12

10

88

9

0.264

0.304

0.378

0.568

0.946

Tom Murphy

ALB

70

12

21

6

1

5

20

0

0.329

0.300

0.310

0.629

0.939

Kevin Padlo

BOI

184

32

57

14

2

7

45

29

0.212

0.310

0.410

0.522

0.932

Ryan McMahon

MOD

414

69

126

35

4

14

127

6

0.206

0.304

0.382

0.510

0.892

Tyler Nevin

GJ

128

26

37

11

1

2

30

2

0.149

0.289

0.396

0.438

0.834

Trevor Story

ALB

161

21

44

16

0

8

46

3

0.249

0.273

0.302

0.522

0.824

Top Pitchers

Name

Team

Outs

IP

SO

PPI

GB%

K/9

WHIP

ERA

Breiling Eusebio

DSL ROCK

201

67.0

69

7.3

38.8%

9.3

1.10

2.01

Alexander "Adonis" Guillen

DSL ROCK

131

43.2

52

8.2

38.9%

10.8

1.16

2.06

Antonio Senzatela

MOD

387

129.0

118

7.9

43.7%

8.2

1.05

2.37

Grahamm Wiest

ASH

187

62.1

46

13.4

91.4%

6.7

1.26

2.74

Harrison Musgrave

NBR

272

90.2

83

9

51.1%

8.3

1.11

2.88

Javier Palacios

BOI

155

51.2

33

6.3

53.5%

5.8

1.21

3.14

Zach Jemiola

MOD

188

62.2

52

12.1

92.6%

7.5

1.14

3.16

Bryan Evans

NBR

219

73.0

66

15.5

41.1%

8.1

1.07

3.33

Matt Flemer

NBR

427

142.1

66

15.2

35.1%

4.2

1.22

3.35

Shane Carle

NBR

397

132.1

84

14.5

54.9%

5.7

1.25

3.40

Highlights of the Week

Tom Murphy triples off the wall.

Tom Murphy with a deep drive to left field.

Tom Murphy hits a home run off the scoreboard. Seriously, you guys should just check out all his home runs this week, because they're a thing of beauty.

The Rockies signed Ryan Carpenter as a Milb free agent before the 2014 season and the 24-year-old lefty is looking good in Double-A New Britain, striking out 11 in this outing.

David Dahl with a deep drive off of Yankees prospect Rookie Davis.

Dahl's defense is probably just as impressive as his offense as he demonstrates in this diving grab in the gap.

Kevin Padlo with a double down the line for Short-season Boise.