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Rockies’ prospect Ryan Castellani takes tough luck loss for Hartford

Prospect news and game results from the Rockies minor league affiliates from Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Colorado Rockies prospect and no. 9 PuRP Ryan Castellani has had an up and down year for the Hartford Yard Goats, and Tuesday continued that trend. On one hand, he took the loss after the Yard Goats offense couldn’t push a run across for him. On the other, he went six innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out seven.

It was an important bounce back for Castellani, who had allowed a combined 17 earned runs over his previous 1523 innings pitched spanning three starts. That performance had ballooned his ERA up to 5.61, though that’s not the highest it’s been this season. He gave up five runs over five innings to the Portland Sea Dogs on May 11, pushing his ERA up to 6.37. He seemed to be turning it around, allowing just three total runs over his next three starts, before he hit the aforementioned rough patch.

Castellani’s peripherals are still mostly in line with his career norms; he has a 74:26 K/BB in 8423 innings. However, his HR/FB rate has skyrocketed to 12.0%, about twice his previous career high. This could be a case of Dunkin Donuts Park playing as more of a hitter’s park, or Castellani has hit a string of misfortune. Time will tell if he’s able to rebound in the second half of the season.

Top 30 PuRPs

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Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 3, Fresno Grizzlies 6

Ryan McMahon (no. 7 PuRP): 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI

Jordan Patterson (no. 13 PuRP): 1-for-2

Sam Moll (no. 28 PuRP): 1 IP, 2 K

Matt Flemer: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K

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Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 0, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2

Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP): 0-for-4

Ryan Castellani (no. 9 PuRP): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Dom Nuñez (no. 14 PuRP): 0-for-4, 3 K

Brian Mundell (HM PuRP): 1-for-4

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High-A: Lancaster JetHawks 7, Inland Empire 66ers 14

Garrett Hampson (no. 22 PuRP): 3-for-6, R, 2B, RBI

Wes Rogers: 3-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB

Hamlet Marte: 2-for-4, RBI, BB

Yonathan Daza: 2-for-4, R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB

Trey Killian: 3 IP, 8 H, 8 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K

★ ★ ★

Low-A: Asheville Tourists 5, Greenville Drive 3

Jose Gomez (no. 30 PuRP): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Manuel Melendez: 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI

Jacob Bosiokovic: 1-for-3, R, 2B

Brandon Gold: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K

★ ★ ★

Short Season-A: Boise Hawks 1, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9

Tyler Nevin (no. 23 PuRP): 0-for-4

Will Haynie: 1-for-4

Sam Tidaback: 2-for-4, HR

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Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies 14, Idaho Falls Chuckars 3

Pedro Gonzalez (no. 16 PuRP): 3-for-6, R, RBI

Shael Mendoza: 1-for-5, RBI, BB

Ryan Vilade (2017 second round pick): 2-for-5, 2 R, BB

Chad Spanberger (2017 sixth round): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI

Ramon Marcelino: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Nathaniel Coronado: 3-for-5, 3 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI

Hidekel Gonzalez: 2-for-5, 2 R, 3B, RBI

Jeffri Ocando: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

★ ★ ★

Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies 8, DSL Nationals 9

Daniel Montano (no. 21 PuRP): 1-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB

Enrique Saldana: 2-for-5, R

Yolki Pena: 2-for-6, 3 R, 2 SB

Cristopher Navarro: 2-for-6, 2 RBI

Ever Moya: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

★ ★ ★

Wednesday Probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Barry Enright (4-1, 4.94 ERA) @ Fresno (HOU), 8:05 pm MT

Double-A Hartford: Yency Almonte (no. 12 PuRP, 2-3, 1.96 ERA) vs. Binghamton (NYM), 5:05 pm MT

High-A Lancaster: TBD @ Inland Empire (LAA), 12:00 pm MT

Low-A Asheville: Erick Julio (3-8, 4.42 ERA) vs. Greenville (BOS), 5:05 pm MT

Short Season-A Boise: Breiling Eusebio (2-0, 0.75 ERA) @ Salem-Keizer (SF), 7:15 pm MT

Rookie Level Grand Junction: Jorge Oviedo (0-0, 2.45 ERA) @ Idaho Falls (KC), 7:15 pm MT