Despite only playing two games this week, Isotopes catcher Dom Nuñez (no. 30 PuRP) made the most of it. On July 12 he went 0-for-4, but on July 14 he went 3-for-4 with two home runs, two RBI, two runs scored, and a walk. He had nine total bases that day. The two home runs marked Nuñez’ third multi-homer game and his second in an Isotopes uniform. It also marked his first multi-hit game since June 24 when he went 3-for-5, scored a career-high four runs, and was a triple shy of the cycle. Nuñez ranks fourth on the team in home runs, and third among Isotopes who have yet to make their MLB debut (Pat Valaika has 18 home runs). He has also recorded 12 home runs in nearly half the number of games (49) that it took Sam Hilliard to record his team-leading 26 (89 games) and Roberto Ramos to hit his 19 (83 games).
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 3-1 (40-54)
Another Isotope who had a pretty good week was reliever Sam Howard (no. 24 PuRP). He pitched 2 1⁄3 scoreless innings and is in the midst of a 4 1⁄3 scoreless streak. His longest streak was 9 1⁄3 from May 27-June June 17. His season ERA is 4.01 in his third season in Albuquerque and he has yielded four or more runs in two out of 35 appearances.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 2-2 (48-42)
Yard Goats’ second baseman Bret Boswell (no. 28 PuRP) seems to be finding his footing again after struggling for a little while. He had three consecutive multi-hit games this week. In his fourth game he only had a single hit, but it was a two-run homer against New Hampshire on Sunday. He currently ranks third on the team with nine home runs behind suspended Vince Fernandez (no. 21 PuRP, 13 homers) and Alan Trejo (12).
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 3-4 (48-45)
Ryan Rolison (no. 5 PuRP) returned from the Temporary Inactive List on June 13 and was shaky in his start. He lasted only four innings and gave up eight runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits. Two of those five earned runs were solo home runs, his fifth multi-homer game in 14 starts in Lancaster. He also walked one, hit two, and struck out four. Rolison owns a 5.28 ERA in Lancaster and a 4.50 season ERA. Despite some struggles, Rolison still has a bright future and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him in Hartford next year.
Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 4-2 (41-53)
Ryan Feltner (no. 19 PuRP) pitched twice this week and only yielded two earned runs (four total) in 11 innings. He also struck out 12 batters and walked five. The 22-year-old righty was drafted in the fourth round last year and posted a 0.88 ERA in 30 2⁄3 innings with the Grand Junction Rockies. So far in Asheville, he has a 5.46 ERA. He’s been a little all over the place and has given up at least one run in each of his starts except for two.
Boise Hawks, 2-4 (14-16)
After a fairly good start with the Boise Hawks, Breiling Eusebio (no. 25 PuRP) struggled royally in his last start on July 12. He only lasted one inning and gave up seven earned runs. Luckily none of them were home runs, but he also hit a batter, walked two, and struck out another one before being lifted. His ERA ballooned from 3.24 to 6.62. His last start was five innings and his workload had been increasing, so hopefully this outing isn’t a setback in his recovery.
Grand Junction Rockies, 2-4 (14-14)
Mitchell Kilkenny (HM PuRP) also struggled this week, allowing four runs in 4 1⁄3 innings. Two of those runs were home runs — a solo shot in the second and a two-run shot in the fifth. He struck out three and walked one. After absolutely dominating the competition, his ERA almost quadrupled from 0.60 to 2.33. He is also recovering from Tommy John, so hopefully this isn’t a setback.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Colorado, 2-3 (17-19)
Pitcher Angel Valencia pitched a perfect inning, getting three outs on three pitches. He came in during the fifth inning of the game on June 8 and got two fly outs and a ground out. In 13 1⁄3 innings this year, he has a 4.73 ERA after yielding seven earned runs. Shortstop Pedro Mota also had a decent week, going 6-for-19 with his second home run. He struck out four times but also walked four times.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies, 4-0 (21-12)
A pair of pitchers for the DSL Rockies also had good weeks. Enmanuel Pio, who is in his second year in the DSL, pitched 1 2⁄3 innings and struck out four batters without giving up a run. Francis Rivera pitched three total innings without yielding a run. In his second appearance on July 11, he lasted two innings and struck out three. In his last four appearances he has thrown 31 pitches, all for strikes. He also has not yielded a single run since July 3, but owns a 4.76 ERA.
Week of 7/8-7/14
|Vince Fernandez||21||AA (restricted list)||--||--||--||--|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||1/11||0||5||4|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Colorado||2/16||0||2||1|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Colorado||6/19||1||4||4|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||3/19||0||1||0|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||2/7||0||1||1|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||5/14||0||4||1|
|Michael Toglia||--||A (Short)||4/22||0||7||3|
|Aaron Schunk||--||A (Short)||6/19||0||3||2|
|Breiling Eusebio||25||A (Short)||1.0||7/7||1||2|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||2.0||0/0||1||1|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||1.0||0/0||2||0|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||2.0||1/1||1||0|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||1.0||0/0||0||0|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||1.2||0/0||4||1|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||3.0||0/0||3||0|
Season to Date
|Vince Fernandez||21||AA (restricted list)||.263/.362/.581||13|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||.194/.346/.210||0|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Colorado||.233/.320/.391||4|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Colorado||.267/.384/.442||2|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||.299/.381/.386||2|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||.339/.395/.449||1|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||.286/.376/.529||5|
|Michael Toglia||--||A (Short)||.208/.330/.390||3|
|Aaron Schunk||--||A (Short)||.319/.393/.500||2|
|Breiling Eusebio||25||A (Short)||17.2||6.62|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||15.2||7.47|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||9.1||9.64|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||17.0||3.71|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||13.1||4.73|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||18.2||3.86|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||16.0||5.06|
Triple-A Albuquerque: 7/15-7/18 vs. Fresno, 7/19-7/21 vs. El Paso
Double-A Hartford: 7/15-7/17 vs. Richmond, 7/18-7/21 @ Trenton
High-A Lancaster: 7/15 vs. San Jose, 7/17-7/19 @ Stockton, 7/20-7/21 @ San Jose
Low-A Asheville: 7/15-7/17 @ Greenville, 7/18-7/21 vs. Rome
Boise Hawks: 7/15-7/16 vs. Eugene, 7/17-7/19 @ Salem-Keizer, 7/20-7/21 vs. Salem-Keizer
Grand Junction Rockies: 7/15-7/17 vs. Billings, 7/18-7/20 @ Orem
DSL Colorado: 7/15 vs. DSL Pirates2, 7/16 @ DSL Pirates2, 7/17 vs. DSL Royals2, 7/18 @ DSL Royals2, 7/19 vs. DSL Giants, 7/20 @ DSL Giants