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Prospect news and statistics from the Rockies minor league affiliates from June 3-9, 2019

The Hartford Yard Goats pitching combined for a near no-hitter against the Trenton Thunder (AA Yankees) on Tuesday, June 4th. They lost the no-hitter in the ninth inning when Thunder center fielder Matt Lipka bunted off of Ben Bowden (no. 17 PuRP) and was able to reach. Starter Rico Garcia (no. 20 PuRP) out dueled Rony Garcia, pitching six innings and striking out 11. There were two baserunners during his six innings — one in the fifth and one in the sixth — who both reached on errors. Lipka reached for the first time on one of those errors in the sixth.

In his second appearance of the week, Garcia pitched six innings of three hit, one run baseball while walking three and striking out four. Obviously not as good of an outing that time, but Rico was still named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Top 30 PuRPs

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 3-3 (30-34)

Isotopes’ outfielder Yonathan Daza had quite the week, hitting 13-for-28 with four doubles. Daza is currently in the midst of a nine game hitting streak, dating back to May 25th. During that time, he only had two single hit games. This week, he recorded multiple hits in each game including a 3-for-5 night on June 4th. Daza has been up and down with the Major League club this year, but during his time in Albuquerque he is hitting .373/.409/.569 with 28 extra base hits (20 doubles, three triples, five homers). He leads the PCL in average and is second in doubles behind Ian Miller of the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Mariners).

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 4-2 (36-25)

Justin Lawrence (no. 15 PuRP) was recently moved from Albuquerque to Hartford after spending some time on the Injured List. Since his reinstatement and change of scenery, he has pitched 1 13 innings and given up four runs (three earned), two walks, and two strikeouts. His initial appearance on June 5th was where the majority of that damage was done in 13 of an inning. However, in his second appearance he lasted a full inning and exited with two strikeouts and nothing else. After struggling to keep his head above water in Albuquerque, Lawrence should be able to find his groove again in Hartford and maybe will be moved up again later in the season.

High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 2-4 (29-32)

JetHawks’ reliever Tommy Doyle (no. 27 PuRP) has been sneaky good for the team this year. The 2017 Competitive Balance B pick out of the University of Virginia has pitched 13 innings for Lancaster and has only given up one earned run (two total) on five hits for a 0.69 ERA. He has more saves (8) than hits (5). His 0.69 ERA leads the team among pitchers who have pitched more than two innings by a country mile — his closest competition is Moises Ceja, who has a 2.73 ERA in 29 23 innings. Doyle struggled a little bit in Grand Junction, posting a 5.14 ERA in 21 innings, but seemed to bounce back in Asheville last year and is so far having a really good season with the JetHawks. Hopefully that will continue in a home run friendly environment like Lancaster.

Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 3-4 (27-36)

Daniel Montano (no. 22 PuRP) had another rough week average-wise, only going 3-for-23 with eleven strikeouts. However, one of those hits was a triple (1) and another was a homer (3). He is now hitting .224/.286/.343, which isn’t fantastic but he’s starting to show more power. Montano was signed by the Rockies in 2015 and spent time in the Dominican Summer League before being brought stateside for the 2018 Grand Junction Rockies season. Last year in Grand Junction, he hit .279/.338/.433 with four homers.

Dominican Summer League: DSL Colorado, 0-6 (2-6)

The Dominican Summer League kicked off on June 1st with plenty of young talent looking to come stateside soon. The Rockies have a few intriguing prospects to watch. For DSL Colorado, shortstop Aiverson Rodriguez started off DSL play with a six-game hitting streak, which ended yesterday with an 0-for-2 with a strikeout day. He also has recorded two home runs already.

Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies, 5-1 (6-2)

On the other Rockies’ DSL affiliate, shortstop Michael James also started off with a bang — going 5-for-22 with a home run. He also already has two stolen bases. So far things look promising for the young Rockies shortstop prospects!

Week of 6/3-6/9

Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB
Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB
Brendan Rodgers 1 MLB -- -- -- --
Colton Welker 3 AA 5/23 3 3 2
Garrett Hampson 4 AAA 2/10 1 4 1
Grant Lavigne 6 A- 11/27 0 3 1
Tyler Nevin 7 AA 7/24 1 8 3
Ryan Vilade 9 A+ 5/23 0 5 1
Sam Hilliard 11 AAA 4/20 0 7 3
Terrin Vavra 13 A- 9/25 0 5 2
Yonathan Daza 14 AAA 13/28 0 6 1
Josh Fuentes 16 AAA IL IL IL IL
Vince Fernandez 21 AA (restricted list) -- -- -- --
Daniel Montano 22 A- 3/23 1 11 1
Roberto Ramos 26 AAA 7/19 3 5 3
Bret Boswell 28 AA 2/16 1 5 4
Brian Mundell 29 AAA 7/23 0 2 1
Dom Nuñez 30 AAA 4/14 1 5 5
Eddy Diaz HM -- -- -- -- --
Niko Decolati HM A- 8/26 0 7 3
Willie Abreu HM AA 6/20 0 8 4
Robert Mendoza -- DSL Colorado 1/11 0 2 4
Warming Bernabel -- DSL Colorado 6/27 0 4 3
Pedro Mota -- DSL Colorado 4/25 0 5 2
Aiverson Rodriguez -- DSL Colorado 8/28 2 4 2
Juan Guerrero -- DSL Rockies 6/29 0 3 0
Michael James -- DSL Rockies 5/22 1 6 2
Pitchers
Name PuRP Ranking Level IP R/ER SO BB
Peter Lambert 2 MLB -- -- -- --
Ryan Rolison 5 A+ 11.0 8/8 16 2
Riley Pint 8 A- 1.1 3/3 1 4
Ryan Castellani 10 AAA 6.0 4/2 7 1
Jesus Tinoco 12 AAA 3.0 0/0 0 0
Justin Lawrence 15 AA 1.1 4/3 2 2
Ben Bowden 17 AA 2.0 0/0 5 0
Reid Humphreys 18 AA -- -- -- --
Ryan Feltner 19 A- 2.2 0/0 0 0
Rico Garcia 20 AA 12.0 1/1 15 3
Robert Tyler 23 A+ 1.0 0/0 0 0
Sam Howard 24 AAA 2.0 0/0 2 2
Breiling Eusebio 25 A- -- -- -- --
Tommy Doyle 27 A+ 1.2 0/0 4 0
Mike Nikorak HM A- IL IL IL IL
Mitchell Kilkenny HM -- -- -- -- --
Gabriel Barbosa -- DSL Colorado 0.2 6/6 0 1
Yeferson Pantoja -- DSL Colorado 3.0 3/3 4 0
Ronald Pereira -- DSL Colorado 2.0 1/1 1 1
Angel Valencia -- DSL Colorado 6.0 4/4 8 1
Enmanuel Pio -- DSL Rockies 4.1 6/6 1 3
Francis Rivera -- DSL Rockies 2.1 4/4 2 3

Season to Date

Name PuRP Ranking Level AVG/OBP/SLG HR
Name PuRP Ranking Level AVG/OBP/SLG HR
Brendan Rodgers 1 MLB .356/.421/.644 9
Colton Welker 3 AA .299/.354/.495 7
Garrett Hampson 4 AAA .308/.348/.538 2
Grant Lavigne 6 A- .264/.370/.394 5
Tyler Nevin 7 AA .228/.342/.312 3
Ryan Vilade 9 A+ .252/.367/.350 1
Sam Hilliard 11 AAA .256/.324/.560 18
Terrin Vavra 13 A- .322/.393/.505 6
Yonathan Daza 14 AAA .373/.409/.569 5
Josh Fuentes 16 AAA .263/.319/.446 5
Vince Fernandez 21 AA (restricted list) .263/.362/.581 13
Daniel Montano 22 A- .224/.286/.343 3
Roberto Ramos 26 AAA .281/.376/.578 15
Bret Boswell 28 AA .186/.278/.324 5
Brian Mundell 29 AAA .364/.426/.558 5
Dom Nuñez 30 AAA .270/.390/.591 9
Eddy Diaz HM -- -- --
Niko Decolati HM A- .333/.412/.400 0
Willie Abreu HM AA .215/.296/.313 2
Robert Mendoza -- DSL Colorado .091/.333/.091 0
Warming Bernabel -- DSL Colorado .323/.400/.548 1
Pedro Mota -- DSL Colorado .241/.353/.276 0
Aiverson Rodriguez -- DSL Colorado .273/.314/.485 2
Juan Guerrero -- DSL Rockies .212/.212/.242 0
Michael James -- DSL Rockies .240/.333/.400 1
Pitchers
Name PuRP Ranking Level IP ERA
Peter Lambert 2 MLB 60.1 5.07
Ryan Rolison 5 A+ 66.1 2.44
Riley Pint 8 A- 15.2 9.77
Ryan Castellani 10 AAA 40.1 7.14
Jesus Tinoco 12 AAA 28.0 4.50
Justin Lawrence 15 AA 11.2 10.03
Ben Bowden 17 AA 24.2 1.09
Reid Humphreys 18 AA 1.2 10.80
Ryan Feltner 19 A- 61.0 4.87
Rico Garcia 20 AA 67.0 1.88
Robert Tyler 23 A+ 1.0 0.00
Sam Howard 24 AAA 31.0 4.94
Breiling Eusebio 25 A- -- --
Tommy Doyle 27 A+ 13.0 0.69
Mike Nikorak HM A- 13.0 9.69
Mitchell Kilkenny HM -- -- --
Gabriel Barbosa -- DSL Colorado 0.2 81.00
Yeferson Pantoja -- DSL Colorado 3.0 6.00
Ronald Pereira -- DSL Colorado 2.0 4.50
Angel Valencia -- DSL Colorado 6.0 6.00
Enmanuel Pio -- DSL Rockies 4.1 12.46
Francis Rivera -- DSL Rockies 2.1 7.71

Upcoming Schedule

Triple-A Albuquerque: 6/10 @ Iowa, 6/12-6/14 vs. Oklahoma City, 6/15-6/16 vs. New Orleans

Double-A Hartford: 6/11-6/13 @ Akron, 6/14-6/16 @ Erie

High-A Lancaster: 6/10-6/11 @ Lake Elsinore, 6/12-6/16 vs. Inland Empire

Low-A Asheville: 6/10-6/12 @ Columbia, 6/13-6/16 vs. Lakewood

DSL Colorado: 6/10 vs. DSL Pirates2, 6/11 vs. DSL Royals2, 6/12 @ DSL Royals2, 6/13 vs. DSL Giants, 6/14 @ DSL Giants, 6/15 vs. DSL Mariners

DSL Rockies: 6/10 @ DSL Cardinals Blue, 6/12 vs. DSL Angels, 6/13 @ DSL Yankees, 6/14 vs. DSL Twins, 6/15 @ DSL Mets1