Triple-A Albuquerque (48-60)
Trevor Story had yet another extra base hit for the Isotopes. His 14th double couple with his eight home runs to give Story a .616 slugging percentage since arriving at Triple-A. One thing he's not doing well at the plate right now is taking walks. His 4.2 percent walk rate added on to his .277 batting average give him an on base percentage of .314. That figure would make Story exactly league average at the big league level. Of course, major league pitching is much better and hitting is altogether more difficult one level up. With the exception of Story's dismal 2013 in Modesto, he's maintained a much higher OBP. Over three levels last year, he had a .367 OBP, and while at Double-A this season it stood at .373. But it remains something to pay attention to, as the pitching competition will only get better and hitting more difficult.
Story's teammate Wilin Rosario might be able to tell Story about the difference in competition. Rosario, who never got the bat going for the Rockies this season, has crushed Triple-A arms this year—he's hitting .440/.451/.840. Yesterday, he went 4-6 with two home runs and drove in five.
New member of the Rockies Miguel Castro took one of the team's two blown saves in what can be called an unfortunate ninth inning. This is how it went: walk, fielding error (by Castro), passed ball, intentional walk, sacrifice fly (run scores), strikeout, strikeout. In all, he allowed one run on zero hits while walking three and striking out two.
Double-A New Britain (51-55)
Jeff Hoffman's organizational debut had some bad and some good. The surface bad was that he pitched 4 2/3 third innings and allowed three runs on six hits. But two of those six hits were home runs. This is the good: Hoffman struck out six batters and didn't walk anyone. Striking batters out and not walking them are fundamental for successful pitching at the big league level. I look forward to tracking the 22 year-olds progress through the system.
At the plate, David Dahl went 1-4 with a run scored, and rising PuRP Jordan Patterson did the same.
High-A Modesto (57-48)
The PuRP bats were out in this Nuts win. Correlle Prime's grand slam accounted for half of the Nuts runs. Raimel Tapia went 2-5, and Ryan McMahon went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Single-A Asheville (52-52)
Asheville only mustered two singles in yesterday's shutout loss against 25 year-old Casey Delgado. Starter Carlos Polanco allowed all three runs, which came off of five hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out five.
Short Season-A Boise (17-27)
Honorably mentioned PuRP David Hill threw three innings. He gave up one run on three hits, all of which were singles. Hill struck out four and didn't walk a batter. His best inning was probably the first. After allowing a leadoff single, Hill proceeded to strike out the next three batters swinging.
DSL Rockies (23-31)
Jose Gomez and Hidekel Gonzalez both had perfect days at the plate for the DSL Rockies. Gomez went 5-5 with a double, two RBIs, and four runs scored, while Gonzalez went 4-4 with a couple runs scored, a homer, and three RBIs.
Rookie Grand Junction (22-21)
Mike Nikorak had a rough outing. He pitched just 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on three hits and four walks. Brendan Rodgers went 0-3, but he drove in two runs on a sacrifice fly and a groundout. Tyler Nevil went 1-2 with a pair of walks.
Triple-A Albuquerque: TBD
Double-A New Britain: Ryan Carpenter
High-A Modesto: Johendi Jiminian
Single-A Asheville: TBD
Short Season-A Boise: Ryan McCormick
Rookie Grand Junction: Parker French