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Colorado Rockies prospect Willie Abreu gets off to fast start for Lancaster JetHawks

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Prospect news and game results from the Rockies minor league affiliates from Thursday, April 5, 2018.

All four of the Colorado Rockies’ full season minor league affiliates got their respective seasons underway on Thursday, and nobody got their season off to a faster start than No. 26 PuRP Willie Abreu. In his first game for the Lancaster JetHawks in the Class A-Advanced California League, the 23-year-old lefty hit a pair of home runs (check out the pose on home run number two here) as part of a 3-for-3 day at the plate and paced the JetHawks to a 9-7 victory.

At 6’4, 225 pounds, Abreu has the prototypical size of a big time power hitter, while also possessing the speed of a base stealing threat—he was 40 out of 49 stealing bases in 2017. Coming off a season in Class A Asheville in which he had a triple slash line of .283/.321/.463, a 124 wRC+, Abreu could be in line for a big season if he’s able to really tap into his power potential in 2018.

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Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees 9, Albuquerque Isotopes 3

David Dahl: 1-for-4, 2 K

Raimel Tapia: 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Carlos Estevez: IP, 0 H, 0 R, K

Yency Almonte (no. 8 PuRP): 13 IP, H, R (0 ER), left in 1st with injury

Tom Murphy (no. 11 PuRP): 3-for-4, HR, RBI, E

Jordan Patterson (no. 14 PuRP): 0-for-4, 2 K

Noel Cuevas (HM PuRP): 1-for-2, HR, RBI, 2 BB, SB

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Double-A: New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Hartford Yard Goats 0

Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2 K, E

Garrett Hampson (no. 9 PuRP): 0-for-4, BB

Brian Mundell (no. 13 PuRP): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K

Sam Hilliard (no. 17 PuRP): 0-for-4, K, E

Yonathan Daza (no. 19 PuRP): 2-for-4, K

Dom Nuñez (no. 21 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2 K

Wes Rogers (HM PuRP): 1-for-4, K

Jack Wynkoop: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 0 K

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High-A: Lancaster JetHawks 9, Modesto Nuts 7

Colton Welker (no. 5 PuRP): 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Tyler Nevin (no. 12 PuRP): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 K, CS

Forrest Wall (no. 16 PuRP): 2-for-5, SB, 2 K

Willie Abreu (no. 26 PuRP): -3-for-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, SB

Vince Fernandez (no. 28 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, K

Rico Garcia: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

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Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 2, Asheville Tourists 0

Ryan Vilade (no. 7 PuRP): 0-for-4, 3 K

Ben Bowden (no. 20 PuRP): IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K

Chad Spanberger (no. 29 PuRP): 2-for-4, 2B

Sean Bouchard (ninth round, 2017): 0-for-4, 3 K

Antonio Santos: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 4 K

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Friday Probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Matt Flemer @ Salt Lake, 6:35 PM MT

Double-A Hartford: Ryan Castellani (No. 6 PuRP) vs. New Hampshire, 5:05 PM MT

High-A Lancaster: Matt Dennis vs. Modesto, 7:35 PM MT

Low-A Asheville: Breiling Eusebio (No. 18 PuRP) @ Delmarva, 5:05 PM MT