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Rockies prospect Josh Fuentes is having a much better second half

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Prospect news and statistics from the Rockies minor league affiliates from July 15-21, 2019

After an up and down start to the season, Isotopes infielder Josh Fuentes (no. 16 PuRP) has been much better in the second half. This week alone he went 10-for-27 with four home runs, which is just over half of what he had in the first half (7). All of his 11 home runs have come at home, including six over the last nine home games. In total since the All-Star Break, Fuentes has been hitting .362/.412/.702 with 11 runs scored, eight extra base hits, and 12 RBI. Before the All-Star Break, he hit .250/.303/.445 with 34 runs scored, 23 extra base hits, and 34 RBI.

Over the weekend, I asked him what he was doing differently and he said, “Honestly, I kinda want to get into my form like I was last year. Not really trying to do too much, trying to hit homers or do this just kinda be myself. I think in the beginning of the year I was trying to do too much thinking: ‘I have to get back up there, hit more homers, do all this stuff,’ but G. [Glenallen] Hill sat down, talked to me saying, ‘hey, just whatever you did last year, just do it again. Be yourself.’ And you know that’s what I try and do, so you know I’m not necessarily, obviously I want to get back up there of course, everyone does, but I’m here right now and I just gotta focus on me being in Albuquerque and everything will take care of itself.”

That’s a good mindset to have, considering he dealt with both a broken hamate bone and an oblique injury. Hopefully being more in the moment and getting back to basics continues to pay off for him in the second half.

Top 30 PuRPs

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 4-3 (44-57)

Dom Nuñez (no. 30 PuRP) continues to hit well also, going 3-for-9 with two home runs in three games this week. On Saturday night, he went 2-for-3 with a double and a 2-run homer against the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA Washington). After an up and down career in the Rockies organization, Nuñez really seems to be hitting his stride in Triple-A. Some of that might be due to being in the PCL, but either way he seems to be approaching the Major League door. More on Nuñez to come later this week.

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 3-4 (51-46)

Justin Lawrence (no. 15 PuRP) is one of two Yard Goat PuRPs who finished the week on the active roster, with the other being Tyler Nevin (no. 7 PuRP). Vince Fernandez (no. 21 PuRP) is still on the Restricted List and all of the others are injured. Lawrence made three appearances, and all three were very different. On July 16, he pitched one inning in which he gave up two hits and an earned run. On July 20, he pitched only 13 of an inning in which he yielded three earned runs without a single hit and walked three batters. Yikes. However, he rebounded on July 21 and pitched another single inning of perfect baseball. Lawrence has a 7.20 ERA in 2019, and a 6.14 ERA in Hartford.

High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 2-4 (50-49)

JetHawks’ shortstop Ryan Vilade (no. 9 PuRP) had another good week in Lancaster, going 11-for-27 (.407) with four doubles, two home runs, and zero strikeouts in six games. He is currently in the middle of a six game hitting streak and five of those games were multi-hit games. In fact, he hasn’t had back-to-back hitless games since July 4-5.

Ryan Rolison (no. 5 PuRP) also returned to his old self this week, pitching six innings of two-hit, no-run baseball. He struck out six and walked two. It was the first start that he did not give up a home run since May 24 and just his fourth start out of 15 in Lancaster that he didn’t give one up.

Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 4-3 (45-56)

First baseman Grant Lavigne (no. 6 PuRP) struggled this week in Asheville. He went 4-for-26 (.154) with 11 strikeouts this week. Twice he had a three strikeout game. Over his last ten games, he has hit gone 6-for-34 (.176) with 13 strikeouts. Lavigne, the Rockies’ 2018 CBA pick, has been up and down in Asheville this year, hitting .239/.357/.330 in 94 games. I’m not sure if Lavigne will repeat Low-A since there’s still a lot of season left, but hopefully he’s able to prove that he’s ready to move on to the next level.

Boise Hawks, 1-6 (15-22)

Michael Toglia (2019, Round 1) had is also starting to come into his own in Boise, going 6-for-23 (.261) with home runs in back-to-back games on July 19 and 20. However, he added seven more strikeouts and continues to strike out about 34% of the time. His 34 strikeouts ranks second on the team. However, he does lead the team with five homers and 18 RBI.

Grand Junction Rockies, 5-1 (19-15)

Neither Eddy Diaz nor Mitchell Kilkenny (HM PuRPs) played for Grand Junction this week. However, 23-year-old utility man Colin Simpson (2019, Round 29) was named Pioneer League Player of the Week. The Oklahoma State product has hit .354/.442/.756 with 15 extra base hits (four doubles and seven homers) thus far with GJ. In his last ten games, he has gone 14-for-36 (.389) with seven extra base hits (one double, three triples, and three homers).

Dominican Summer League: DSL Colorado, 2-4 (19-23)

Shortstop Aiverson Rodriguez had probably the best week out of the DSL Colorado prospects. He went 5-for-18 (.278) with six strikeouts. Overall he’s been having a fairly good season, hitting .297/.393/.379 with six doubles, two homers, 21 RBI, 16 walks, and 23 strikeouts.

Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies, 5-1 (26-13)

RHP Enmanuel Pio had an interesting set of appearances this week. He pitched 2 23 innings for DSL Rockies, but gave up five runs. However, none of them were earned so his ERA remains at 3.38 on the season. In his first outing, he pitched 23 of an inning while striking out one batter on four pitches. In his second outing, he pitched an inning of two-hit ball where he gave up two unearned runs and struck out another batter. Eight of his nine pitches were strikes. In his final outing, he pitched another single inning of no-hit baseball, but he walked two batters and gave up three unearned runs whilst striking out another batter. Six out of 14 pitches were strikes. Before this week, Pio had a 11 13 scoreless streak and still has a streak of 13 13 innings without giving up an earned run.

Week of 7/15-7/21

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 IL IL IL IL
Garrett Hampson 4 MLB -- -- -- --
Grant Lavigne 6 A- 4/26 0 11 2
Tyler Nevin 7 AA 5/22 0 2 7
Ryan Vilade 9 A+ 11/27 2 0 0
Sam Hilliard 11 AAA 9/29 2 4 4
Terrin Vavra 13 A- 7/27 1 2 4
Yonathan Daza 14 AAA 6/23 1 1 0
Josh Fuentes 16 AAA 10/27 4 7 4
Vince Fernandez 21 AA (restricted list) -- -- -- --
Daniel Montano 22 A- 2/18 1 8 1
Roberto Ramos 26 AAA 7/13 1 4 0
Bret Boswell 28 AA 2/8 1 2 0
Brian Mundell 29 AAA 6/21 0 3 1
Dom Nuñez 30 AAA 3/9 2 4 4
Eddy Diaz HM GJ 0/0 0 0 0
Niko Decolati HM A- 9/29 0 7 0
Willie Abreu HM AA IL IL IL IL
Robert Mendoza -- DSL Colorado 4/15 0 5 1
Warming Bernabel -- DSL Colorado 4/19 0 4 2
Pedro Mota -- DSL Colorado 3/19 0 5 4
Aiverson Rodriguez -- DSL Colorado 5/18 0 6 4
Juan Guerrero -- DSL Rockies 0/0 0 0 0
Michael James -- DSL Rockies 4/23 0 8 3
Michael Toglia -- A (Short) 6/23 2 7 2
Aaron Schunk -- A (Short) 8/28 1 3 2
Pitchers
Name PuRP Ranking Level IP R/ER SO BB
Peter Lambert 2 MLB -- -- -- --
Ryan Rolison 5 A+ 6.0 0/0 6 2
Riley Pint 8 A- IL IL IL IL
Ryan Castellani 10 AAA IL IL IL IL
Jesus Tinoco 12 AAA 2.0 0/0 3 1
Justin Lawrence 15 AA 2.1 4/4 0 3
Ben Bowden 17 AAA 2.1 0/0 2 0
Reid Humphreys 18 AA IL IL IL IL
Ryan Feltner 19 A- 5.0 3/2 4 4
Rico Garcia 20 AAA 5.0 6/6 5 2
Robert Tyler 23 A+ 3.0 0/0 4 0
Sam Howard 24 AAA 2.0 0/0 3 0
Breiling Eusebio 25 A (Short) 4.2 5/5 2 2
Tommy Doyle 27 A+ 2.0 0/0 2 1
Mike Nikorak HM A- IL IL IL IL
Mitchell Kilkenny HM GJ 0.0 0/0 0 0
Gabriel Barbosa -- DSL Rockies 6.0 0/0 1 0
Yeferson Pantoja -- DSL Colorado 0.0 0/0 0 0
Ronald Pereira -- DSL Colorado 6.2 4/4 8 1
Angel Valencia -- DSL Colorado 2.1 0/0 4 0
Enmanuel Pio -- DSL Rockies 2.2 5/0 3 2
Francis Rivera -- DSL Rockies 1.2 1/1 1 1

Season to Date

Name PuRP Ranking Level AVG/OBP/SLG HR
Name PuRP Ranking Level AVG/OBP/SLG HR
Brendan Rodgers 1 MLB .350/.413/.622 9
Colton Welker 3 AA .259/.312/.415 8
Garrett Hampson 4 MLB .266/.310/.422 2
Grant Lavigne 6 A- .239/.357/.330 5
Tyler Nevin 7 AA .245/.349/.353 5
Ryan Vilade 9 A+ .288/.364/.436 5
Sam Hilliard 11 AAA .263/.325/.570 28
Terrin Vavra 13 A- .323/.404/.499 10
Yonathan Daza 14 AAA .368/.410/.565 11
Josh Fuentes 16 AAA .271/.323/.494 11
Vince Fernandez 21 AA (restricted list) .263/.362/.581 13
Daniel Montano 22 A- .231/.292/.376 6
Roberto Ramos 26 AAA .315/.402/.594 20
Bret Boswell 28 AA .203/.279/.369 10
Brian Mundell 29 AAA .333/.403/.524 7
Dom Nuñez 30 AAA .263/.381/.587 14
Eddy Diaz HM GJ .327/.367/.442 0
Niko Decolati HM A- .278/.335/.411 3
Willie Abreu HM AA .214/.300/.308 2
Robert Mendoza -- DSL Colorado .208/.340/.234 0
Warming Bernabel -- DSL Colorado .230/.320/.382 4
Pedro Mota -- DSL Colorado .252/.380/.403 2
Aiverson Rodriguez -- DSL Colorado .297/.393/.379 2
Juan Guerrero -- DSL Rockies .339/.395/.449 1
Michael James -- DSL Rockies .268/.357/.479 5
Michael Toglia -- A (Short) .220/.325/.420 5
Aaron Schunk -- A (Short) .311/.380/.500 3
Pitchers
Name PuRP Ranking Level IP ERA
Peter Lambert 2 MLB 60.1 5.07
Ryan Rolison 5 A+ 94.0 4.21
Riley Pint 8 A- 17.2 8.66
Ryan Castellani 10 AAA 43.1 8.31
Jesus Tinoco 12 AAA 31.0 4.06
Justin Lawrence 15 AA 25.0 7.20
Ben Bowden 17 AAA 35.0 1.54
Reid Humphreys 18 AA 3.0 15.00
Ryan Feltner 19 A- 90.2 5.36
Rico Garcia 20 AAA 93.0 3.68
Robert Tyler 23 A+ 12.2 9.95
Sam Howard 24 AAA 44.2 3.83
Breiling Eusebio 25 A (Short) 22.1 7.25
Tommy Doyle 27 A+ 26.1 2.39
Mike Nikorak HM A- 13.0 9.69
Mitchell Kilkenny HM GJ 19.1 2.33
Gabriel Barbosa -- DSL Rockies 21.2 5.40
Yeferson Pantoja -- DSL Colorado 9.1 9.64
Ronald Pereira -- DSL Colorado 23.2 4.18
Angel Valencia -- DSL Colorado 15.2 4.02
Enmanuel Pio -- DSL Rockies 21.1 3.38
Francis Rivera -- DSL Rockies 18.2 4.82

Upcoming Schedule

Triple-A Albuquerque: 7/23-7/25 @ Salt Lake, 7/26-7/28 vs. Salt Lake

Double-A Hartford: 7/22-7/24 @ Portland, 7/25-7/28 vs. Akron

High-A Lancaster: 7/22 @ San Jose, 7/23-7/25 vs. Lake Elsinore, 7/26-7/28 @ Visalia

Low-A Asheville: 7/23-7/25 @ Greensboro, 7/26-7/28 @ Hickory

Boise Hawks: 7/22 vs. Salem-Keizer, 7/23-7/25 @ Eugene, 7/26-7/28 vs. Hillsboro

Grand Junction Rockies: 7/22-7/24 @ Ogden, 7/25-7/27 vs. Rocky Mountain

DSL Colorado: 7/22 @ DSL Mariners, 7/23 vs. DSL Mariners, 7/24 vs. DSL Tigers2, 7/25 @ DSL Tigers2, 7/26 vs. DSL Pirates2, 7/27 @ DSL Pirates2

DSL Rockies: 7/22 vs DSL Orioles2, 7/23 @ DSL Cardinals Blue, 7/25 vs. DSL Angels, 7/26 @ DSL Yankees, 7/27 vs. DSL Nationals