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Rockies pitching prospect depth on display Friday

Rockies prospect and farm report for games from July 22, 2016.

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The Rockies had a handful of excellent pitching performances at multiple levels yesterday. First, Kyle Freeland struck out seven batters and walked two in 5 2/3 innings pitched for Triple-A Albuquerque. He did, however, allow five hits and a dinger. For the Double-A Modesto Nuts, the Rockies' fifth round selection from 2015 draft Parker French was outstanding yesterday. He didn't allow a run and gave up five hits in seven innings, during which he didn't walk a batter and struck out nine. The 23-year-old French has seen success at both Asheville and Modesto this season. By 2017, he could be starting games for Hartford.

Finally, in Rookie Grand Junction, supplemental first round selection Mike Nikorak had a nice day on the mound. In six innings, Nikorak allowed two hits and one unearned run while walking three and striking out five. Nikorak struggled mightily as an 18-year-old in Rookie ball last year, but he's improved in 2016 in his age 19 season. He's still had trouble with walks, as he's given out 19 free passes in 28 innings pitched, but his ERA is a tidy 2.89. Still, it's possible the Rockies will wait until 2017 to give Nikorak a shot at full-season baseball. How he handles the leap from short- to full-season ball will give us a better idea of what the Rockies have in Nikorak.

Fresno 4, Albuquerque 3 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

David Dahl, 0-4, 3 K

Tom Murphy, 2-4, HR, 2 RBI

Jordan Patterson, 2-4, 1 K

Kyle Freeland, 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Sam Moll, 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

MIgueL Castro, 1 IP, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HR

Reading 6, Hartford 5 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Raimel Tapia, 1-4, HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Rosell Herrera, 1-5, 2 K

Sam Howard, 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Bakersfield 3, Modesto 0 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Forrest Wall, 1-4, K

Omar Carrizales, 1-4, K

Wes Rogers, 0-4

Dom Nunez, 0-3, K

Parker French, 7 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K

Tyler Matzek, 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K

Asheville 10, Augusta 5 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Brendan Rodgers, 0-4, BB, 3 K

Hamlet Marte, 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Ben Bowden, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 K, 1 HR

Boise 8, Spokane 6 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Daniel Suero, 0-5

Willie Abreu, 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB

Billings 4, Grand Junction 3 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Manuel Melendez, 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Vince Fernandez, 205, 3B, 1 K

Mike Nikorak, 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 K

DSL Rockies 3, DSL Yankees2 2 | MiLB.com Box

Notables

Daniel Montano, 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Hidekel Gonzalez, 0-3, K

Today's probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Harrison Musgrave

Double-A Hartford: German Marquez

High-A Modesto: Helmis Rodriguez

Low-A Asheville: Devin Burke

Short Season-A Boise: TBD

Rookie Grand Junction: Bryan Baker

DSL Rockies: TBD