Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (48-62)
Fresno 6, Albuquerque 0
W: Hauschild (5-3, 3.54) ; L: Whiting (3-5, 5.62)
Fresno is really encouraging for Rockies fans, or at least it should be since it is likely to be a lot like what 2017 Albuquerque will look like. The Isotopes have some interesting players on their team like Cristhian Adames or recently promoted Trevor Story and Tommy Murphy, but on average, the Rockies' Triple-A hitters are two and a half years older than the more dominant Astros prospects.
A couple of years of disciplined talent acquistion took the Astros' farm from a barren wasteland to one in which, even after graduating two Rookie of the Year candidates and deadline deals to acquire two starting pitchers plus a five-win centerfielder, Fresno still has a loaded roster.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (58-49)
San Jose 5, Modesto 1
W: Ysla (2-5, 5.74) ; L: Senzatela (7-6, 2.55)
Antonio Senzatela had his version of a blowup, which for the third youngest pitcher in the California League, meant allowing five runs (three earned) over six innings of work. The 20-year-old Venezuelan is fourth in the Cal League in innings pitched and his 4.33 K/BB ratio trails only recently promoted Harrison Musgrave for pitchers who are only starters in that league (minimum 10 starts). Senzatela was backed by a defense that in typical Modesto fashion was pretty bad, committing three errors in the process. Rockies fans have to be really happy with the talent at Modesto, which is easily the youngest group of position players in the Cal League, but being dead last in walks and first in failed stolen base attempts means they may still have some issues on the coaching and fundamentals side of things.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (54-52)
Asheville 23, Kannapolis 3
W: Howard (7-8, 3.59) ; L: Martinez, L (4-10, 5.29)
Asheville has a reputation as a hitters haven, and at least for this game it ear--what's that? This was played at Kannapolis? Oh...
The Tourists abused Kannapolis pitching in this contest, scoring at least three runs against each of the five pitchers they faced. Asheville had 19 hits, eight of which went for extra bases, and drew 12 walks. Every hitter in the Tourists lineup save Max George had a hit, and even he worked three walks. The Tourists' bats were humming so well they didn't even attempt a steal.
Yonathan Daza had a five-hit night and his .342 batting average in his last ten games gives us a glimpse of what the DSL alum is capable of when he heats up. Dom Nunez had a five RBI night, going 3-for-6 with a walk building on his .356/.484/.658 July breakout.
Aside from all these hitting numbers, I would like to draw attention to starter Sam Howard, who has been a scouting darling based on his stuff. Howard has three starts in which he combined to allow 16 of his 39 earned runs on the season in just ten innings, even though he also struck out a total of 16 batters in those frames. In his other 16 starts pitching in the MiLB equivelant of '90s Coors Field, Howard has a 2.37 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9.
Rookie: DSL Rockies (24-31)
DSL Rockies 6, DSL Mets 4
W: Guzman, L (3-3, 4.44) ; L: Mateo, L (2-5, 4.75) ; SV: Rodriguez, Jose A. (3)
Talk about running wild -- what the Tourists did to the scoreboard operator, the DSL Rockies did to the DSL Mets' catcher, stealing four bases and forcing two throwing errors leading to six runs on eight hits, just one of which went for extra bases. Bonus baby shortstop Yeremi Rosario had another multi-hit game, his fifth in the 12 games since July 20, after having just one in his first 26 games.