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Thursday Pebble Report: Rico Garcia pitches another gem

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Rico Garcia is slowly becoming a “sneaky good” prospect after his last performance for AA Hartford. Garcia pitched five innings Wednesday night, striking out six and only allowing two runs (both on solo homers). The 24-year-old right hander dropped his ERA to 2.76 in Hartford after the performance. In total, across Lancaster and Hartford (two hitters parks), Garcia has a 3.20 ERA with 145 Ks in 149 innings.

Rico isn’t on many radars but the righty has announced himself with a strong 2018 in the system. His control is notable, only walking 70 batters in his minor league career (around 2.5 per nine) and as his K rate holds steady in the upper levels it’s easy to see how he may be an under the radar looker for the Rockies system.

The Yard Goats won 7-2 on Thursday night, Rico even added two RBI to his cause.

Other news and notes from the affiliates are below:

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Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 7, Tacoma Rainiers 2

Matt Holliday: 4-for-4, 2B, 3 R

Josh Fuentes: 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Mike Tauchman: 2-for-3

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 7, Reading Fightin Phils 2

Rico Garcia: 5 IP, 2 R, 6 K

Drew Weeks: 2-for-4, 2 R

Roberto Ramos: 1-for-4, HR

Class-A Advanced: Stockton Ports 6, Lancaster Jet Hawks 4

Vince Fernandez (No.21 PuRP): 1-for-4

Colton Welker (No.3 PuRP): 1-for-4

Ben Bowden (No.20 PuRP): 1 IP, 0 R, 1K

Class-A: Hickory Crawdads 6, Asheville Tourists 3

Austin Bernard: 1-for-3, HR

Erick Julio: 6 IP, 5 K, 4 R (2 ER)

Ryan Vilade (No.10 PuRP): 0-for-3, R

Class-A Short Season: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6, Boise Hawks 3

Cade Harris: 2-for-3, HR

Brad Scheiber: 1 IP, 3 K

Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies 7, Missoula Osprey 4

Reese Berberet: 1-for-1, HR, 4 RBI

Grant Lavigne (No.9 PuRP): 0-for-2, 2 BB

Dominican Summer League: DSL Colorado 3, DSL Giants 2

Steven Fana: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Bernnie Alaniz: 3-for-4, 3 2B

Anderson Amarista: 6 IP, 1 R (0 ER) 9 K, 1 BB

Dominican Summer League: DSL Phillies Red 7, DSL Rockies 4

Gerard Ramos: 2-for-4, 2B

Jose Colon: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

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Thursday Probables:

Triple-A Albuquerque: Sam Howard (3-6, 5.21 ERA) vs. Sacramento

Double-A Hartford: Evan Grills (2-4, 3.57 ERA) vs. Reading

Single-A Advanced Lancaster: Antonio Santos (2-2, 5.12 ERA) vs. Stockton

Single-A Asheville: Will Gaddis (6-5, 4.60 ERA) vs. Hickory

Single-A Short Season Boise: TBD vs. Salem Keizer

Rookie League Grand Junction: OFF