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Colorado Rockies prospects: Eddie Butler, Kyle Freeland shine

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Kyle Freeland delivered his second consecutive quality start for Double-A Hartford while Eddie Butler shut down the Reno Aces on Tuesday night. Max White and David Hill were the top performers in High and Low-A, respectively.

Kyle Freeland delivers a pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
Kyle Freeland delivers a pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
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Triple A: Albuquerque Isotopes 3, Reno Aces 2

Albuquerque won their second game of the season Tuesday night, 3-2, behind a strong start from Eddie Butler. Butler went six innings and gave up only four hits and one run to go with a walk and four strikeouts. After a brilliant start to Spring Training, Carlos Estevez (no. 24 PuRP) made an impact on Rockies land, but has continued to struggle with command since then; he gave up two hits, walked two, and allowed a run in the six batters he faced. Sam Moll (no. 25 PuRP) came in and shut down the threat, striking out three in his 1.1 innings of work. Dustin Garneau recorded three hits and Jordan Patterson (no. 18 PuRP) drove in two for the Topes. All three of Albuquerque’s runs came off of Aces starter Branden Shipley, who was tossed in the first inning arguing balls and strikes.

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 0, New Hampshire River Dogs 4

The Yard Goats struggled to get it going against New Hampshire’s Shane Dawson, only recording five hits in a 4-0 shutout. Kyle Freeland (no. 8 PuRP) had a second consecutive solid start, going six innings, allowing five hits and two runs along with a walk and three strikeouts. Ryan McMahon (no. 5 PuRP), Raimel Tapia (no. 6 PuRP) and Correlle Prime each recorded a hit for the Yard Goats, who fell to 4-2 on the season.

High-A: Modesto Nuts 13, Bakersfield Blaze 3

Modesto took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second and never looked back off of a three run home run from Max White after being interviewed by our own Bobby DeMuro. White rode the Purple Row boost for three hits, two runs and 4 RBI to lead the way for the Nuts. Modesto starter Yency Almonte was dealing from the outset, allowing zero runs through his 5.1 innings and striking out nine. Forrest Wall (no. 11 PuRP) also had two hits.

Low-A: Asheville Tourists 1, Charleston Riverdogs 2

The Tourists were locked in a pitching duel between the Riverdogs Domingo Acevedo and David Hill (no. 34 PuRP), but gave up a run in the bottom of the 8th to drop the game 2-1. Acevedo, the 7th ranked prospect in the Yankees system, struck out eight Tourists in 6.2 innings. Hill was just as effective, pitching six solid innings with only five hits, one run, one walk and five strikeouts. Brendan Rodgers (no. 4 PuRP) had one hit and catcher Chris Rabago drove in the only run for Asheville.

Upcoming Games, Probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Wed., 4/13 @ Reno; David Hale (ABQ) vs. Tyler Wagner (REN)

Double-A New Britain: Wed., 4/13 @ New Hampshire; Zach Jemiola (HFD) vs. Jeremy Gabryszwski (NH)

High-A Modesto: Wed., 4/13 @ Bakersfield; Jesus Tinoco (MOD) vs. Anthony Misiewicz (BAK)

Low-A Asheville, Wed., 4/13 @ Charleston; Parker French (ASH) vs. Will Carter (CSC)