Jeff Hoffman may be seen in Denver sooner than later after he continued his strong Triple-A season last night in Albuquerque. The righty pitched six innings for the Isotopes, striking out five and only allowing two earned runs. Hoffman's ERA actually rose in the quality start to 1.99, but he continues to be part of the elite club of Rockies prospects with an ERA under two. Hoffman's 7.7 K/9 isn't elite but he's missing bats consistently enough and keeping runs off the board at a rate that indicates he may be ready for promotion soon. He struggled early with command in the start, registering three walks and a high pitch count in his early innings but after working out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth, Hoffman cruised. There is plenty to be excited about in the development of the 23-year-old as he looks to join Jon Gray in the big club rotation.
The Rockies affiliates went 3-1 on the day overall, results are below:
Hoffman's strong start was blown by a late inning collapse by the Isotopes, but a ninth inning RBI from Stephen Cardullo secured the win, the Isotopes' seventh in a row. After a middling start, the Isotopes are now 12-6 on the young season. Jordan Patterson continued to rake with a 2-for-4 day, adding another walk; his OBP is now .500 which is just bonkers.
No. 18 PuRP Jordan Patterson, 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, BB
No. 25 PuRP Sam Moll, W 1-1, 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2.38 ERA
The Hartford Yard Goats are the early kings of the Eastern League. After their weekend four-game sweep of Portland, the Goats sit at 14-4. The Goats only allowed one run the entire weekend in the sweep, with Kyle Freeland, Harrison Musgrave, and Carlos Hernandez starting for shutouts and Zach Jemiola allowing the only run in a complete game effort. Hernandez struck out five yesterday, only allowing three hits in six innings of work. Ryan McMahon and Dillon Thomas registered the RBI for the Goats in the win.
No. 6 PuRP Raimel Tapia, 0-for-4
No. 5 PuRP Ryan McMahon, 1-for-2, RBI, HBP
Friend of the Brand Dillon Thomas 1-for-3 HR RBI
Jesus Tinoco continued to struggle in Modesto, giving up seven earned runs in two innings, raising his ERA to 14.85. The Third Prospect has yet to show the stuff he had last year in his dominant run in Asheville and it's uncertain what he needs to adjust to continue his development and work through innings in Modesto.
No. 11 PuRP Forrest Wall, 0-for-4
No. 13 PuRP Dom Nunez, 0-for-3, BB
Max George hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and the Tourists held on for a close victory over the Braves on Sunday. Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers took the day off but the Tourists picked up their seventh win of the season with a decent performance from Jack Wynkoop (6 IP, 3 ER) and a strong night from the bullpen.
80-Grade Name Guy Mylz Jones, 1-for-5
Triple-A Albuquerque: Shane Carle
Everyone else is off today.