David Dahl and Raimel Tapia both had excellent games for the Hartford Yard Goats yesterday, as both outfielders continue their development in Double-A. Raimel Tapia went 2-4. Tapia is now hitting .306/.347/.435 for Hartford. Notably, Tapia got off to a slow start this year. He was hitting .214/.272/.340 on May 6. Since then, however, he has taken off. The turnaround shows that Tapia is able to make adjustments to his pitching level. He's a known tinkerer at the plate, and success in Double-A bodes well for his success at higher levels. While Tapia is on the 40-man roster, he's still unlikely to get major-league playing time this season before September. If the Rockies do need an outfielder and opt for a prospect, Jordan Patterson will probably get the first call.
David Dahl also went 2-4 in the Tourists' win. Dahl is now hitting .281/.361/.529 on the season. One of those hits was a double, and he also added a walk. A few days ago, we noted that Dahl has a chance to become a regular major-leaguer even if the swing and miss in his game remains. Part of the reason why is because he's skilled in the other areas of his game. Last night, he showed off his defensive skills in center-field:
Elsewhere on the farm:
The offense couldn't get going, as the Isotopes fell to Reno 5-1.
No. 18 PuRP Jordan Patterson, 2-3, 3B
No. 23 PuRP Harrison Musgrave, 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
No. 5 PuRP Ryan McMahon, 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Pat Valaika, 1-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Zach Jemiola, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Matt Carasiti, 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
The Nuts scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough to take the win against Inland Empire. Tyler Matzek had another positive outing, as he pitched two scoreless innings and walked just one.
No. 11 PuRP Forrest Wall, 2-5, 1 K
Tyler Matzek, 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Yency Almonte, 6 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 HR
Brendan Rodgers had three hits, including a double, in the Tourists 6-3 win.
No. 4 PuRP Brendan Rodgers, 3-4, 2B, 1 RBI
Carlos Herrera, 2B, HR, 1 RBI
Brian Mundell, 1-4, 1 K
Hamlet Marte, 1-4, 3B, 2 K
The Hawks lost in their Short Season-A opener.
Luis Castro, 2-4, HR, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
The Grand Junction Rockies won their opener with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
No. 28 PuRP Pedro Gonzalez, 1-2, 3B, 2 BB
Manuel Melendez, 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
Jonathan Piron, 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Cole Anderson, 2-4, HR, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Daniel Montano, 1-5, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
Ramon Macelino, 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K
Triple-A Albuquerque: Carlos Hernandez
Double-A Hartford: German Marquez
High-A Modesto: Parker French
Low-A Asheville: David Hill
Short Season-A Boise: Erick Julio
Rookie Grand Junction: Yohander Quintana