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Colorado Rockies pitching prospect Ryan Castellani a model of consistency

Castellani has checked Double-A off of his to-do list

Unless the Rockies decide to send him to Lancaster to help the JetHawks’ in the California League playoffs, Ryan Castellani made his final start of 2017 on Saturday. It was, overall, a fine start for a fine season. Castellani threw six shutout innings while allowing just one hit and striking out seven. He did walk four batters though. If it does end up being his final start of the year, the 21-year-old will finish with 15713 innings pitched and a 4.81 ERA. His ERA is a run higher than the 3.81 he had for Modesto in 2016.

Ignore that though. Castellani had essentially the same season in Double-A. In both seasons, he struck out 7.6 batters per nine innings and walked 2.7 per nine. His FIPs over the last two seasons are much closer together, and they’re both under 4.00.

In other words, the Rockies should feel pretty good about where Castellani is right now, especially since he’s so young for his level. Like clockwork, he’s checked off a level a season since 2014, all while regularly being among the youngest players in his league. Next up is Triple-A, but if you’ve been paying attention to the Rockies this season you know that that really means he’ll enter 2018 spring training competing for a spot in the rotation.

Top 30 PuRPs

Friday

Reno 9, Albuquerque 6 | MiLB.com Box

Raimel Tapia (no. 4 PuRP): 3-for-5, 2 3B, 2 K

Jordan Patterson (no. 25 PuRP): 1-for-3, BB, K

Binghamton 1, Hartford 0 | MiLB.com Box

Dom Nuñez (no. 14 PuRP): 0-for-3, K

Inland Empire 9, Lancaster 2 | MiLB.com Box

Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP): 0-for-3, K

Garrett Hampson (no. 13 PuRP): 2-for-3, BB

Sam Hilliard (no. 26 PuRP): 2-for-3, 2B

Wes Rogers: 2-for-4, 2B

Asheville 4, Greenville 2 | MiLB.com Box

Colton Welker (no. 7 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2 K

Tyler Nevin (no. 22 PuRP): 2-for-4

Vince Fernandez (no. 25 PuRP): 2-for-4, 2B

Boise 3, Hillsboro 2 | MiLB.com Box

Cole Anderson: 1-for-3, K

J.B. Moss: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 K

Grand Junction 16, Idaho Falls 5 | MiLB.com Box

Jeffri Ocando (no. 27 PuRP): 2.2 IP, 10 H, 9 R (8 ER), BB, 2 K, 2 HRA

Tommy Doyle (no. 28 PuRP): 1 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 0 K

Chad Spanberger (no. 30 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2B, K

Saturday

Albuquerque 7, Reno 2 | MiLB.com Box

Raimel Tapia (no. 4 PuRP): 3-for-5, 2B

Jordan Patterson: (no. 15 PuRP): 2-for-5, HR, K

Ryan Howard: 0-for-4, K

Sam Howard: 6 IP, 4 H, R, 3 BB, 4 K

Binghamton 1, Hartford 0 | MiLB.com Box

Ryan Castellani (no. 6 PuRP): 6 IP, H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K

Lancaster 5, Inland Empire 4 | MiLB.com Box

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

Sam Hilliard (no. 26 PuRP): 2-for-5, 3B, K

Asheville 10, Greenville 1 | MiLB.com Box

Colton Welker (no. 7 PuRP): 2-for-3

Tyler Nevin (no. 22 PuRP): 0-for-5

Vince Fernandez (no. 25 PuRP): 1-for-5, K

Hillsboro 14, Boise 7 | MiLB.com Box

Luis Castro: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, K

Daniel Jipping: 0-for-4, 2 K

Grand Junction 7, Idaho Falls 6 | MiLB.com Box

Lucas Gilbreath: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 0 K

Today's probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: TBD

Double-A Hartford: Craig Schlitter

Class A Advanced Lancaster: Ty Culbreth

Class A Asheville: Erick Julio

Class A Short-Season Boise: Alec Byrd

Rookie Grand Junction: Will Gaddis