Brendan Rodgers easily had the best performance of the night among Rockies prospects. He and the Tourists roughed up Braves prospect Touki Toussaint. Rodgers went 3-5, and each of his hits went for extra bases—two doubles and a dinger. He also drove in five runs and scored two himself. The home run was the fifth of the season for Rodgers. For the season, he's hitting .300/.373/.600, which is good for a 149 wRC+ in the South Atlantic League, where the competition is on average two years older than the 19 year-old. Rodgers has logged just under 70 plate appearances in his first season of full-season ball, and he already looks like he might see Modesto before the year is out.
Eddie Butler had a mixed performance. His pitching line shows some positive signs, but there is nothing to recommend a promotion, even if there were room in in Denver. Butler allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings of work; however, he also gave up nine hits in those innings. One of the problems Butler faced in the majors was that he was just too hittable, and if last night's start is any indication, that doesn't look to have changed. He did only walk one batter, which is welcome, but he also struck out just four batters in six innings. Again, Butler hasn't been effective when the opposition puts the bat on the ball, so the lack of striking batters out continues to be an issue.
No. 18 PuRP Jordan Patterson, 1-3 (single), 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 R
No. 30 PuRP Ryan Casteel, 1-3 (home run), 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
No. 25 PuRP Sam Moll, 1⅔ IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
David Dahl, No. 2 PuRP, had a great night, and he wrapped it up going 0-1. That's because he reached base in each of his four plate appearances. He walked three times and reached on a wild pitch after striking out. Dahl also scored one of the Yard Goats' two runs. The walks are notable because this is an area Rockies' hitters have been deficient in recent years. So far in his minor league career, Dahl hasn't exactly excelled in this area either. However, a focus on approach has been a part of the Rockies' minor league development in recent years. Let's hope it's a sign of more to come.
No. 5 PuRP Ryan McMahon, 0-4 (one strikeout)
No. 6 PuRP Raimel Tapia, 1-4 (single)
No. 23 PuRP Harrison Musgrave, 6⅔ IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K
No. 19 PuRP Ryan Castellani had an impressive start. The 20-year-old right-hander threw five innings, during which he allowed a run on six hits. That's not the impressive part. The impressive part is that he struck out eight batters and didn't walk anybody over the course of those five innings.
No. 11 PuRP Forrest Wall, 1-4 (single), 1 K
No. 13 PuRP Dom Nunez, 1-5 (single), 2 K
No. 26 PuRP Omar Carrizales, 0-3, 1 BB, 1 R
Roberto Ramos, 2-4 (two doubles), 1 R
Carlos Herrera, 1-3 (double), 2 R, 1 K
David Hill, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Triple-A Albuquerque: Matt Flemer (8:05 pm MT)
Double-A Hartford (doubleheader): TBD (first game 11:00 am MT)
High-A Modesto: TBD (6:00 pm MT)
Low-A Asheville: Parker French (4:00 pm MT)