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Rockies pitching prospect Yency Almonte pitches 7 scoreless innings

Rockies prospect news and game results for games from July 22, 2017

The first time Yency Almonte was traded, it was as for the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft. Almonte was the player to be named later that the Angels sent to the White Sox in 2014 in exchange for Gordon Beckham. The second time he was traded it was for a a guy who had survived an entire season on a major-league team as a Rule 5 draft pick before imploding in year two. The Rockies traded Tommy Kahnle to the White Sox for Almonte after the 2015 season. (Kahnle turned into one of the better relievers in the American League in 2017 and was recently part of another trade that sent him to the New York Yankees, the team that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.)

Almonte has now found himself in the middle tier of remaining Rockies pitching prospects—the tier below Riley Pint—along with guys like Ryan Castellani and Peter Lambert. Yesterday, the 23-year-old displayed a glimpse of what the Rockies hope he can do in a major-league rotation someday. Almonte led the Yard Goats to a 5-0 win after pitching seven shutout innings. He allowed five hits and walked two batters while striking out seven in his innings. The strikeouts were typical of his 8.4 per nine pace this year, but the walks were a tad better than his 3.7 per nine rate. The scoreless outing lowered Almonte’s season ERA to 2.00 in 14 starts. The twice-traded starter is doing what he needs to do as he plods his way to the majors, which could happen as early as next year.

Ryan Vilade had a night for Grand Junction. In two games, he went 4-for-7 with a double and a triple. He was a home run shy of the cycle in the second of Grand Junction’s two games.

And in Triple-A, David Dahl hit a double in a 2-for-5 evening. Raimel Tapia went two for five with two singles for the Isotopes.

Purple Row’s top 30 prospects (PuRPs)

Salt Lake 4, Albuquerque 3 | Box

David Dahl: 2-for-5, 2B, K

Raimel Tapia (no. 4 PuRP): 2-for-5

Tom Murphy (no. 6 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2 K

Ryan McMahon (no. 7 PuRP): 1-for-5, K

Jordan Patterson (no. 13 PuRP): 1-for-4

Sam Howard (no. 20 PuRP): 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 4 K

James Farris: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Carlos Estévez: IP, H, R, 0 BB, K, HRA

Hartford 5, Portland 0 | Box

Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP): 2-for-5, K

Dom Nuñez (no. 14 PuRP): 0-for-4, K

Josh Fuentes: 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR

Yency Almonte (no. 12 PuRP): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K

Lancaster 14, Lake Elsinore 3 | Box

Garrett Hampson (no. 22 PuRP): 2-for-5

Sam Hilliard: 2-for-5, 2 K

Roberto Ramos: 1-for-4, HR, BB, K

Wes Rogers: 3-for-5, 3 2B, 2 K

Ty Culbreth: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 5 K, 2 HRA

Asheville 5, Greensboro 3 | Box

Tyler Nevin (no. 23 PuRP): 2-for-4

Carlos Herrera: 1-for-4, HR

Willie Abreu: 1-for-4

Everett 8, Boise 5 | Box

Sean Bouchard (2017 9th round pick): 2-for-4, HR

Daniel Jipping (2017 22nd round pick): 0-for-4, 4 K

Grand Junction 5, Billings 1 (Game 1) | Box

Pedro González (no. 16 PuRP): 0-for-3

Ryan Vilade (2017 2nd round draft pick): 1-for-3, 2 K

Chad Spanberger (2017 6th round draft pick): 1-for-3, K

Lucas Gilbreath (2017 7th round draft pick): 5 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Grand Junction 6, Billings 2 (Game 2) | Box

Ryan Vilade: 3-for-4, 2B, 3B

Will Gaddis (2017 3rd round draft pick): 5 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 4 K

DSL Mets1 5, DSL Rockies 0 | Box

Yeikel Blandin: 2-for-4

Today's probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Sam Flemer

Double-A Hartford: Luis Alberto Niebla

Class A Advanced Lancaster: Peter Lambert (no. 11 PuRP)

Class A Asheville: Antonio Santos

Class A Short-Season Boise: Pearson McMahan

Rookie Grand Junction: Justin Valdespina