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Colorado Rockies pitching prospect Ryan Castellani is a model of consistency

Rockies prospect report and game results from the farm system for June 8, 2017

The Rockies’ farm system ranked in the top five in baseball prior to the 2016 season. When prospect hounds go through another ranking this offseason, it will be a lot lower. But that’s because the team has graduated so many prospects to the majors. Just this year, Jeff Hoffman, Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, Germán Márquez, and Raimel Tapia have graduated off of prospect lists. Those are all top 10 guys whose absence will shake up the view of the Rockies farm system.

One player who looks to rise in the rankings partly due to graduations but also as a result of consistent growth is Ryan Castellani. The 21-year-old Castellani has completed a level a year in the Rockies’ farm system since he was 18 and playing in short-season Tri-City. He’s now 3.4 years younger than the average Double-A competition. Last night, he had an evening that was fairly representative of his progress. In six innings, he gave up eight hits and three runs (two earned) while walking one batter and striking out five. Castellani’s ERA is higher than its been throughout the minors—4.99 in 9713 innings. But his strikeout and walk rates have remained remarkably consistent:

Ryan Castellani

Year Level BB/9 K/9 BB/K
Year Level BB/9 K/9 BB/K
2014 Low-A 2.2 6.1 2.78
2015 A 2.3 7.5 3.24
2016 High-A 2.7 7.6 2.84
2017 Double-A 2.5 7.7 3.07

Set aside his inflated ERA, and Castellani looks like a pitcher who will get his 2018 work done in Triple-A as one the Rockies’ top pitching prospects—but only if he doesn’t move through the system more quickly than he has before.

At the lower levels, the Rockies’ top 2017 draft pick, Ryan Vilade, hit his third home run for Rookie level Grand Junction. In case you missed it in today’s Rockpile, Nick Stephens has a great scouting report of Vilade at Baseball Census, including video of Vilade’s home run swing.

Reminder: Voting is open for the mid-season PuRPs ranking. You can find the voting thread here!

Purple Row’s top 30 prospects (PuRP list)

Albuquerque 4, Las Vegas 1 | Box

Tom Murphy (no. 6 PuRP): 0-for-4, 2 K

Jordan Patterson (no. 13 PuRP): 1-for3, 3B, BB

Mike Tauchman: 1-for-2, BB

Noel Cuevas: 1-for-4, K

Jairo Díaz (no. 24 PuRP): IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Binghamton 3, Hartford 0 | Box

Ryan Castellani (no. 9 PuRP): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), BB, 5 K

Dom Nuñez (no. 14 PuRP): 0-for-4, 2 K

Brian Mundell: 0-for-2, 2 BB

Lancaster 7, Stockton 3 | Box

Garrett Hampson (no. 22 PuRP): 1-for-5, 3B

Sam Hilliard: 2-for-5

Jesus Tinoco: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K

J.D. Hammer: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K

Asheville 8, Augusta 2 | Box

Tyler Nevin (no. 23 PuRP): 2-for-5, 2 2B, K

José Gomez (no. 30 PuRP): 1-for-4, K

Willie Abreu: 2-for-5, 2B

Breiling Eusebio: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K, HRA

Boise 11, Vancouver 3 | Box

Danny Edgeworth: 3-for-4, 2 2B

Bret Boswell: 3-for-5, 3B, HR

Grand Junction 9, Ogden 8 | Box

Pedro González (no. 16 PuRP): 1-for-4, K

Ryan Vilade (2017 2nd round draft pick): 1-for-4, HR, K

Chad Spanberger (2017 6th round draft pick): 3-for-4, HR, K

Tommy Doyle (2017 compensation round draft pick): IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, HRA

Lucas Gilbreath (2017 7th round draft pick): 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K

DSL Rockies 8, DSL Cardinals 7 | Box

Daniel Montano (no. 21 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K

Yeikel Blandin: 2-for-4, BB

Today's probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Sam Howard (no. 20 PuRP)

Double-A Hartford: TBD

Class A Advanced Lancaster: TBD

Class A Asheville: Riley Pint (no. 3 PuRP)

Class A Short-Season Boise: TBD

Rookie Grand Junction: TBD