Rockies outfield prospect Sam Hilliard (no. 11 PuRP) can’t seem to keep the ball inside the confines of Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. After keeping it inside the park last week, he launched three more homers this week to extend his team lead to 11 home runs. He is currently in a three-way tie for fourth in the PCL behind leader Yordan Alvarez (15, Round Rock Express, Triple-A Houston). Hilliard also leads the Isotopes in RBI (33), stolen bases (7), and total bases (78). Unfortunately, he also leads the team with 54 strikeouts after adding 12 in 29 at bats. Roberto Ramos (no. 26 PuRP) is second with 42.
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 3-4 (20-18)
Speaking of home runs, Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP) launched another outside of the park to add to his collection. Rodgers now has seven total, which ties him for third on the team behind Ramos. Rodgers’ week was cut a little short when he was hit in the head by a pitch during the third inning of Saturday’s matchup against the Fresno Grizzlies (Triple-A Washington). Luckily, Rodgers seemed to be OK but was held out of Sunday’s contest.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 3-2 (19-17)
Outfield prospect Vince Fernandez (no. 21 PuRP) also added two long balls to his list in back-to-back games. On Thursday, Fernandez launched a two run shot against the Reading Fightin’ Phils (Double- Philadelphia) and then again on Friday, he hit another two run shot against the Harrisburg Senators (Double-A Washington). Fernandez leads the Yard Goats with seven home runs and is tied for third in the Eastern League behind leader Rhett Wiseman of the Harrisburg Senators.
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 5-1 (21-16)
Ryan Rolison (no. 5 PuRP) once again had a stellar outing, pitching six frames of one hit ball with four strikeouts. Rolison has given up 30 hits in seven starts, but only seven have crossed home plate (only five earned). Because of that, he boasts a 1.17 season ERA — 0.61 in Asheville and 1.52 in Lancaster.
Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 3-3 (13-22)
Pitching prospect Ryan Feltner (no. 19 PuRP) had two more stellar outings. In his first outing, he pitched six innings and gave up two earned runs. In his second outing, he again pitched six innings but only allowed one earned run. Between the two starts, the 22-year-old righty struck out 12 batters. Since his ERA started so high (13.50 after one start) it is still a little high at 4.46, but it is slowly creeping down. Feltner has only given up four runs twice, but also tends to give up home runs. He has given up five total, which is tied for second on the team and ranks him fourth in the South Atlantic League.
Week of 5/6-5/12
Season to Date
Triple-A Albuquerque: 5/13-5/14 @ Fresno, 5/16-5/19 vs. El Paso
Double-A Hartford: 5/13-5/15 @ Portland, 5/16-5/19 vs. New Hampshire
High-A Lancaster: 5/13-5/16 vs. Rancho Cucamonga, 5/17-5/19 @ Visalia
Low-A Asheville: 5/13 vs. Greenville, 5/14-5/16 @ Rome, 5/17-5/19 @ Lexington