On Friday, Sam Hilliard showed off his offensive tools that have made him the Rockies ninth best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, in a 9-2 victory for the Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. Hilliard went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI, a stolen base, and raised his AFL slash-line to .333/.333/.500 over 36 at-bats. Sure, the zero walks to ten strikeouts is a concern, but—as modern baseball dictates—his ability to hit for power is what stands out.
As Drake Dunaway of MLB.com shares with us, Hilliard was disappointed with some of his offensive totals in 2018:
I wasn’t too happy with my power numbers this year,” Hilliard said. “I know that’s part of my game and I’m looking to bounce back this next year and put up more RBIs.
Sam struggled to keep his power numbers up in Double-A Hartford after torching pitchers in Low A and Advanced A in 2016-17. He only hit nine home runs this season after hitting 38 combined bombs the previous two years. Sam’s speed has always been a threat—he has 102 stolen bases in his minor league career—so if this AFL trend of combining both aspects of his game continues, Hilliard looks to be a major threat for the Rockies in the future.
It has been three weeks since the Rockies’ season ended in unceremonious fashion when they were swept by the Brewers in the NLDS. Postseason baseball is at its peak with the World Series unfolding in dramatic fashion, and maybe that’s why many Rockies fans are still imagining what could have been, but Kevin Henry of Rox Pile has noticed a lot of blame being placed on one Rockie in particular—the controversial kid, Ian Desmond.
And as Kevin states, this article really isn’t just another to pile on Desmond. The point is to take a serious look at the state of this team as we begin thinking about the 2019 season—the possible end to a serious championship window. Will Desmond see the same amount of playing time? Will he platoon with Ryan McMahon? Will he spend more time in the outfield with the likely exits of Parra and González? Only time will tell, but fans can dream...
How about that game last night? It was pretty sweet to taste the tears of unfathomable sadness from Dodgers fans, but the 18-inning marathon on Friday night was something to behold. Jayson Stark has all of the records, stats, trivia and interesting quotes from the 2-for-1 Postseason affair, including that it was the longest playoff game in MLB history—but you probably knew that one already. As for Jayson’s question to open this piece in The Athletic... well, I got A)... definitely deep in A).