Last night, on the final day of the regular season, Sam Hilliard had one of his finest games of the year. The 26th ranked PuRP hit two home runs to become join the prestigious 20 home run, 30 stolen bases club and upped his batting average to exactly .300 to finish the year.
Hilliard’s year has been overshadowed by a few other JetHawks this season, but it may be the 23-year-old that proves to be the best hitter out of a very good group of players.
The former 15th round pick finished with a strong slash line of .300/.360/..487 combined with 21 home runs and 37 steals. Hilliard may have been helped by the hitter friendly Lancaster ballpark but his patience at the plate and sneaky home run pop have to keep him on the radar as a potential fringe prospect in the Rockies system who could make an impact.
The JetHawks 11-4 win gave them a 79-61 record, good for the best record in the California League. The Hawks will open the playoffs on Wednesday at home in Lancaster.
Other news and notes from the affiliates final day of games are below:
Raimel Tapia (No. 4 PuRP): 1-for-3
Yency Almonte (No. 10 PuRP): 1 IP, K
Tyler Anderson: 3 1⁄3 IP, 1 K, 1 R
Josh Fuentes: 2-for-3, 2B, 3B
Ashley Graeter: 2-for-4
Drew Weeks: 2-for-5
Garrett Hampson (No. 13 PuRP): 2-for-3
Sam Hilliard (No. 25 PuRP): 2-for-5, 2 HR
Wes Rogers: 3-for-5, RBI, SB (70 stolen bases this season)
Manuel Melendez: 2-for-4
Tyler Nevin (No. 21 PuRP): 1-for-4, RBI
Kenny Oakley: 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 K
Chad Spangenberger (No. 30 PuRP): 2-for-3, 2 R, HR
Casey Golden: 3-for-4, HR
Todd Czinege: 3-for-4, HR
Rookie Grand Junction: Jorge Oviedo (3-2, 5.27 ERA) vs. Ogden