Rockies pitching prospect Rico Garcia (no. 20 PuRP) has been putting up outstanding numbers with the Hartford Yard Goats so far this season. The 25-year-old Hawaii native made two starts this week. In his first start, he lasted 6 2⁄3 innings without giving up a run. He struck out 11 and didn’t walk a single batter. In his second start, he lasted seven innings and allowed one run while striking out seven. He did hit two batters, though. In six Double-A starts, Garcia owns a 1.71 ERA with 42 strikeouts. That leads the team by 13 and ranks second in the entire Eastern League, behind Matt Manning of the Erie SeaWolves — the Detroit Tigers Double-A team. He has 50 strikeouts.
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 3-4 (17-14)
Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP) continues his dominance in Triple-A, going 10-for-28 with a home run this week. Before going 0-for-4 on Sunday, he had a four game hitting streak and three of those were multi-hit games. On Saturday, he went 4-for-5 against the Tacoma Rainiers. On the season, Rodgers is hitting .333/.398/.588 with six home runs, nine doubles, and a triple.
Sam Hilliard (no. 11 PuRP) had a bit of a “down week,” seeing as he didn’t hit a home run in seven games this week. He still leads the team with eight home runs, but Pat Valaika is hot on his heels — recording seven home runs in 12 games in Albuquerque.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 5-2 (16-15)
Yard Goats’ third baseman Colton Welker (no. 3 PuRP) was one of three PuRPs to record double digit hits this week, and the only one who doesn’t play in Albuquerque. Welker currently leads the team in hits (36), doubles (11), RBI (17), and average (.333). He is second to Vince Fernandez (no. 21 PuRP) in homers with three.
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 4-3 (16-15)
Ryan Rolison (no. 5 PuRP) had another outstanding performance this week, but shortstop Ryan Vilade struggled. He only went 4-for-24 and struck out six times. However, three of those four hits were in a mini streak from April 29-May 1. Vilade isn’t having a terrible season though. In his first season in Lancaster, he’s hitting .273/.364/.355 in 29 games. Last year in Asheville, he hit .274/.353/.368 in 124 games so we’ll see if he picks up the pace in more hitter-friendly Lancaster.
Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 2-4 (10-19)
Tourists’ shortstop Terrin Vavra (no. 13 PuRP) didn’t hit in the double digits, but he was just shy with nine hits in six games. He started the week with a four game hit streak, with three multi-hit performances, and finished 0-for-7 in his last two games. He also recorded another home run, which ups his total to three on the season. He ranks third on the team in home runs. Vavra also has eight doubles and a triple.
Week of 4/29-5/5
Season to Date
Triple-A Albuquerque: 5/6 @ Tacoma, 5/7-5/10 @ El Paso, 5/11-5/12 @ Fresno
Double-A Hartford: 5/7-5/9 @ Reading, 5/10-5/12 vs. Harrisburg
High-A Lancaster: 5/7-5/9 vs. Stockton, 5/10-5/12 @ Modesto
Low-A Asheville: 5/6 vs. Delmarva, 5/8-5/10 @ Hickory, 5/11-5/12 vs. Greenville