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Colorado Rockies prospects: Jeff Hoffman, Yency Almonte stellar in wins

The Rockies minor league affiliates went 5-2 on Tuesday thanks to Hoffman and Almonte.

(Bobby DeMuro)

Top prospects Jeff Hoffman and Yency Almonte continued their stellar seasons, both turning in electric performances for their respective teams Tuesday night.

Almonte is a few years away but is making the case to be considered among the top pitching prospects in the Rockies organization. Almonte turned in his second straight shutout and has struck out 17 in his last 13 innings while walking five. The 22-year-old flamethrower has the ability to succeed as a starter, but he might be destined for the bullpen where he can go all-out of an inning or two at a time. It all depends on his development from here on out; can he gain a little more control and continue his offspeed development or will he be added to a growing list of young flamethrowers making their way through the Rockies minor leagues?

Hoffman, who led Triple-A Albuquerque to an 8-4 victory, has been dominating the top minor league circuit and is (theoretically) waiting for a rotation spot to open up on the big league roster. Our own Chris Jackson details his performance here. If (when) Hoffman makes his debut with the Rockies, don’t expect him to be let loose. He’ll probably follow the same blueprint that Gray followed last year; 80-pitch limits on starts and breaking up his starts during the final weeks of the year.

Check out how the rest of the Rockies affiliates fared on Tuesday:

Other Games

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 8, Salt Lake Bees 4

Tom Murphy: 2/3, R, BB

Jordan Patterson: 1/4, 2 RBI

Stephen Cardullo: 2/4, R, RBI

Matt Carasiti: 1⅓ IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, BB, 3 K, Triple-A debut

Jeff Hoffman: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), BB, 7 K, 76 pitches

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 6, Bowie Bay Sox 5

Rosell Herrera: 2/4, R, 2 RBI

Ryan McMahon: 1/3, BB

Pat Valaika: 1/5, 2B, R, RBI

Jerry Vasto: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, K, SV

Zach Jemiola: 5⅔ IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 110 pitches

High-A: Modesto Nuts 2, Visalia Rawhide 1

Forrest Wall: 2/5, 2B, R, SB

Wes Rogers: 2/4, RBI, SB

Dom Nunez: 2/4

Yency Almonte: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 9 K, 101 pitches

Low-A: Asheville Tourists 3, Greenville Drive 11

Brian Mundell: 2/4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Yonathan Daza: 2/4, 2B

Brendan Rodgers: 0/3, R, BB

Jesus Tinoco: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 66 pitches

Short-A: Boise Hawks 3, Hillsboro Hops 8

Garrett Hampson: 1/3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Antony Brito: 1/3, 2B, R, BB

Wilkyns Jimenez: 1/3, 2B, R, RBI

Erick Julio: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, K, 75 pitches

Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies 7, Great Falls Voyagers 3

Manuel Melendez: 2/5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB

Taylor Snyder: 1/3, 2 R, BB, 2 SB

Jensen Park: 3/4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Yohander Quintana: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (0 ER), BB, 3 K, 73 pitches

DSL: Rockies 7, Cardinals 5

Javier Guevara: 2/3, HR, 2 RBI

Shael Mendoza: 1/5, HR, 4 RBI

Jose Grullart: 1/4, 2B, 2 R, BB

Anderson Amarista: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Tomorrow’s Games and Probables:

Triple-A: Albuquerque (Eddie Butler, 4-1, 5.35 ERA) vs. Salt Lake (LAA), 7:05 MT

Double-A: Hartford (Sam Howard, 1-5, 5.83 ERA) @ Bowie (BAL), 9:05 a.m. MT

High-A: Modesto (TBD) @ Visalia (ARI), 8:00 MT

Low-A: OFF

Short-A: Boise (Breiling Eusebio, 0-3, 5.67 ERA) @ Hillsboro (ARI), 8:05 MT

Rookie: Grand Junction (Riley Pint, 3-0, 2.65 ERA) vs. Great Falls (CHW), 7:05 MT

DSL: Braves vs Rockies, 8:30 a.m. MT