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AFL Week 5: Rockies bullpen prospects Jesus Tinoco and Justin Lawrence shine again, Mitch Horacek continues to struggle

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Prospect news and game results from the Salt River Rafters from November 5-10, 2018

The Rockies have some strong prospects representing them in the Arizona Fall League this year. Their bullpen prospects in particular have been performing fairly well, for the most part. Jesus Tinoco (no. 21 PuRP) is the last piece of the Troy Tulowitzki trade who has yet to see the Major Leagues, but he is putting himself on the map with yet another week of stellar pitching. In two innings of work this week, he gave up a single walk to Mariners outfield prospect Ian Miller on November 7 against the West Division champion Peoria Javelinas. He also hit a batter and another reached on an error in his second inning of work during that game. They weren’t visually pretty, but they weren’t bad on the stat sheet. Justin Lawrence also had another solid week, only allowing one hit in two innings and striking out two batters.

Lefty reliever Mitch Horacek continued his struggles, allowing two hits and one earned run in 1 23 innings. He also walked a batter, but did strike out two. These outings were much better than some of his previous and that lowered his ERA from 10.38 to 9.58. However, he has only recorded two hitless appearances — October 19 and November 6. Each of those outings was a single inning with a strikeout.

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Week of November 5-10

Ryan Castellani (no. 7 PuRP): 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Tyler Nevin (no. 12 PuRP): 4-for-11, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K

Sam Hilliard (no. 13 PuRP): 3-for-10, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, SB

Jesus Tinoco (no. 21 PuRP): 2.0 IP, BB

Josh Fuentes: 6-for-17, 3 R, 2B, BB

Mitch Horacek: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, 2 K

Justin Lawrence: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

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AFL Season Total

Ryan Castellani (no. 7 PuRP): 6 GS, 21.1 IP, 22 H, 14 ER, 11 BB, 24 K (5.91 ERA)

Tyler Nevin (no. 12 PuRP): 15 G, 21-for-50, 9 R, 3 2B, 3 3B, 19 RBI, 14 BB, 4 K, SB (.420/.530/.600)

Sam Hilliard (no. 13 PuRP): 14 G, 20-for-57, 13 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 6 BB, 13 K, 2 SB (.351/.406/.561)

Jesus Tinoco (no. 21 PuRP): 14.0 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, HR, 5 BB, 12 K (1.93 ERA)

Josh Fuentes: 19 G, 23-for-75, 15 R, 4 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 16 K, SB (.307/.358/.467)

Mitch Horacek: 10.1 IP, 17 H, 11 ER, HR, 6 BB, 9 K (9.58 ERA)

Justin Lawrence: 9.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, HR, 5 BB, 10 K (2.79 ERA)

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November 12-17 Schedule

Monday, November 12: Salt River Rafters @ Peoria Javelinas, 12:35 pm MT

Tuesday, November 13: Salt River Rafters @ Scottsdale Scorpions, 12:35 pm MT

Wednesday, November 14: Salt River Rafters vs. Glendale Desert Dogs, 12:35 pm MT

Thursday, November 15: Salt River Rafters @ Glendale Desert Dogs, 12:35 pm MT

Friday, November 16: OPEN DATE

Saturday, November 17: Arizona Fall League Championship Game, 1:08 pm MT, Scottsdale Stadium