The Rockies 2015 fifth round draft pick (and PuRP No. 28) Parker French just finished up a strong season for the High-A Modesto Nuts. The 23 year-old threw 154.2 innings, and while his 6.3 strikeouts per nine don't stand out on his Baseball Reference page, he counters with a low 1.5 walks per nine rate. Like many other pitchers drafted in rounds five or later, French doesn't have standout velocity. A recent scouting report states that his two-seam fastball tops out at 93 mph. But like other pitchers in the Rockies' system, French has exhibited exceptional command of his pitches and is disinclined to walk batters.
That same scouting report, which was offered by Baseball Prospectus's Wilson Karaman, sees two paths of success for French. French complements his sinking fastball with a slider and a changeup, but neither generate many swings and misses. Still, Karaman suggests that improvement with his changeup could mean a career as a back-end innings eater. If not, his fastball could be good enough to land him in middle relief. Those are unsexy roles, but they are important and needed all the same.
Last night, in his final outing of the 2016 season, French displayed some of his promise. In five innings, he allowed zero runs and just one hit. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five. It was a fine end to a fine season. French will face a bigger challenge in Double-A next year.
No. 16 PuRP Jordan Patterson, 1-4, 2 K
No. 7 PuRP German Marquez, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K
No. 6 PuRP Ryan MCMahon, 1-3, 2B
Jerry Vasto, 1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
No. 6 PuRP Ryan McMahon, 0-1
No. 13 PuRP Forrest Wall, 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2 K
No. 14 PuRP Dom Nunez, 1-3, BB, K
Josh Fuentes, 3-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI
No. 28 PuRP Parker French, 5 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
No. 27 PuRP Ben Bowden, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Somebody named "Scott Burcham", 4-5, 4 singles, K
Garrett Hampson, 1-2, RBI, 2 BB
Willie Abreu, 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB
No. 21 PuRP Pedro Gonzalez, 0-4, K
Triple-A Albuquerque: Harrison Musgrave
Double-A Hartford: Zach Jemiola
High-A Modesto: Helmis Rodriguez
Low-A Asheville: Javier Palacios
Short Season-A Boise: Antonio Santos
Rookie Grand Junction: Ty Culbreth