22-year-old J.D. Hammer notched his first Cal League save last night in Lancaster’s 9-6 victory. Hammer, a Fort Collins native, was recently called up to High-A after an outstanding first two months in Asheville to start the year.
As Asheville’s best reliever, Hammer struck out 47 batters in 30 innings while only walking five. That strikeout stuff has carried over early into the next level, with Hammer striking out the side last night to close out the contest.
The former 24th round pick is utilizing a very good slider to get batters out and his elite K rate in the lower levels may be a huge indication the Rockies found a gem in the late rounds with the right handed Hammer.
The only drawback to Hammer’s season so far has been that he doesn’t have a curveball we can call “Hammer’s Hammer”. An unfortunate development for any who place “nickname probability” into their scouting reports (me).
Other news and notes from the affiliates are below:
Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP): 2-for-4, RBI
Rosell Herrera: 2-for-3, 2 BB
Ryan Carpenter: 6 IP, 7 K, 2 R
Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP): 2-for-5
Parker French: 3 1⁄3 IP, 8 H, 6 R (4 ER)
Brian Mundell (HM PuRP): 1-for-2, BB, R
Peter Lambert (No. 11 PuRP): 6 IP, 4 K, 3 R
J.D. Hammer: IP, 3 K, S
Garrett Hampson (No. 22 PuRP): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 3B
Manuel Melendez: 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
Jacob Bosiokovic: 1-for-4, HR
Bryan Baker: 1 1⁄3 IP, 0 R
John Valek: 6 IP, 1 R
Will Haynie: 3-for-4, 2B, 3B
Shael Mendoza: 4-for-5, RBI
Ryan Vilade (Debut): 2-for-4, HR
Chad Spangenberger: 2-for-5, HR
Enrique Saldana: 2-for-4
Daniel Montano: 1-for-4, RBI
Triple-A Albuquerque: Matt Flemer (2-5, 7.03 ERA) vs Fresno
Double-A Hartford: Ryan Castellani (5-6, 5.61 ERA) vs. Binghamton
Single-A Advanced Lancaster: TBD vs. Inland Empire
Single-A Asheville: Brandon Gold (4-5, 4.45 ERA) vs. Greenville
Single-A Short Season Boise: Rico Garcia (0-1, 2.79 ERA) vs. Salem-Keizer
Rookie Grand Junction: TBD vs. Idaho Falls