In a week that didn’t feature a ton of action down on the farm, Brian Mundell (no. 29 PuRP) had arguably the best week in Albuquerque. He went 7-for-18 (.389) with two home runs. So far in the second half, he is hitting .326 with the two homers from this week. He also has five doubles and a triple. Mundell has always hit right around .300, with his worst season coming last year when he hit .263/.345/.372 in 128 games in a repeat of Hartford. So far, he is playing much better in hitter-friendly Albuquerque, slashing .337/.404/.543 on the season. He is third on the team in hits (98) and walks (33), and second in doubles (27). He’s also fifth in average, but second among players still in Albuquerque. We’ll see if this turnaround continues for the first baseman.
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 4-3 (48-60)
On the flip side, Ben Bowden (no. 17 PuRP) had a really rough week. He made two appearances and pitched two completely different innings. His first outing on July 24 was a fairly typical Ben Bowden outing — 1 1⁄3 innings of two hit, one run baseball against the Salt Lake Bees (AAA Angels) in Salt Lake. However, upon returning to Albuquerque against the same team on July 28, he only lasted 2⁄3 of an inning and gave up five earned runs (including a three-run home run) and walked three batters. He did not record a strikeout and 11 out of his 26 pitches were strikes. That also nearly doubled his ERA from 3.38 to 7.15. Yikes. Hopefully this was just a fluky outing.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 1-6 (52-52)
Once again, Justin Lawrence (no. 15 PuRP) and Tyler Nevin (no. 7 PuRP) are the only two Yard Goats not currently on the Injured List. Unfortunately, neither of them had a particularly good week. Nevin went 2-for-23 with four strikeouts and Lawrence gave up seven earned runs over 1 1⁄3 innings. On July 24, he lasted a full inning and gave up two earned runs on three hits. He also hit, walked, and struck out a batter (not all at once). That was his best outing. On July 26, he lasted 1⁄3 of an inning and pitched the same line minus the hit batter. His worst outing came on July 28 against the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians) when he didn’t record an out but gave up three earned runs on one hit — a bunt single after two straight walks. He then walked in a run on the next batter. Like Bowden, hopefully this was just a fluky week for Justin Lawrence.
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 5-2 (55-51)
Tommy Doyle (no. 27 PuRP) had a good week for the Lancaster JetHawks. Doyle made two appearances and pitched two innings. He came away from the first outing with nothing but a strikeout, but in his second outing he gave up a home run. He also walked two and struck out two. The 2017 CBB pick has been pitching well in Lancaster, making 29 appearances and converting 18 out of 19 save opportunities. He has walked ten batters and given up four home runs in the homer haven, but has also struck out 36 in 28 1⁄3 innings. His ERA is 2.54 — third on the team overall, but first among active pitchers on the JetHawks roster. Not bad!
Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 4-3 (49-59)
Again, in a week that didn’t feature a lot of action on the farm, Niko Decolati (HM PuRP) had a decent week in Asheville. The 2018 sixth rounder went 5-for-18 (.278) with three walks and three strikeouts. However, he did not record an extra base hit and only recorded one RBI. Considering his late start to the season (he was assigned to Asheville on June 2), he has been playing pretty well. So far in 46 games with the Tourists, he has hit .278/.347/.398 with 13 extra base hits (eight doubles, two triples, and three homers).
Boise Hawks, 3-4 (18-26)
Michael Toglia (2019, Round 1) and Aaron Schunk (2019, Round 2) continue to perform well in Boise. This week they combined for 17 hits, two homers, and four walks (all Toglia). However, they both also do continue to strike out a lot. Toglia added eight more “punchies” this week and Schunk added five. Toglia strikes out about 34% of the time and Schunk strikes out just 14% of the time. Schunk only has four multi-strikeout games and Toglia has 13. If Toglia in particular can cut down on his strikeouts, they are both prospects to really keep an eye on in the coming years.
Grand Junction Rockies, 2-4 (21-19)
Eddy Diaz (HM PuRP) also went 7-for-18 (.389) this week. However, unlike Brian Mundell, he also struck out eight times. Diaz has been performing relatively well in his first year stateside, hitting .336/.370/.450 with the GJ Rockies. He also has 16 stolen bases in 24 attempts!
Mitchell Kilkenny (HM PuRP) had a much better week this week also, pitching four shutout innings. He gave up two hits, but also struck out six in four innings.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Colorado, 3-3 (22-26)
RHP Angel Valencia made two more appearances this week, going three innings total. Again, in his first inning of work he pitched a full inning and recorded three outs on three pitches. However, in his second start, he worked two innings and gave up two hits, two earned runs (on a two-run homer), and struck out one. However, all ten of his pitches were strikes. Since June 26, Valencia has appeared in 7 2⁄3 innings and thrown 42 out of 56 pitches for strikes. He has only thrown one ball in his last 6 1⁄3 innings and has an ERA of 4.34.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies, 4-1 (30-14)
RHP Francis Rivera also had a good week. The 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic made four appearances of one inning each and only surrendered one hit and one walk. He also struck out a batter in each appearance. In his last two starts, he pitched 11 out of 11 strikes and in total, only threw four pitches out of the zone. That lowered his season ERA down to 4.15.
Week of 7/22-7/28
|Vince Fernandez||21||AA (restricted list)||--||--||--||--|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||2/11||0||3||2|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Colorado||5/20||0||5||1|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Colorado||3/16||0||5||2|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||6/23||0||4||2|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||0/7||0||2||2|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||1/8||0||6||2|
|Michael Toglia||--||A (Short)||7/25||1||8||4|
|Aaron Schunk||--||A (Short)||10/26||1||5||0|
|Breiling Eusebio||25||A (Short)||0.0||0/0||0||0|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||5.2||0/0||2||2|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||0.0||0/0||0||0|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||3.2||3/3||4||1|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||3.0||2/2||1||0|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||3.0||3/2||2||2|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||4.0||0/0||4||1|
Season to Date
|Vince Fernandez||21||AA (restricted list)||.263/.362/.581||13|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||.205/.333/.227||0|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Colorado||.233/.320/.378||4|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Colorado||.245/.374/.387||2|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||.292/.384/.369||2|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||.320/.384/.424||1|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||.260/.354/.460||5|
|Michael Toglia||--||A (Short)||.232/.340/.432||6|
|Aaron Schunk||--||A (Short)||.324/.384/.514||4|
|Breiling Eusebio||25||A (Short)||22.1||7.25|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||24.1||4.81|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||9.1||9.64|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||27.2||3.90|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||18.2||4.34|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||25.1||3.55|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||21.2||4.15|
Triple-A Albuquerque: 7/30-8/1 @ Memphis, 8/2-8/4 @ Nashville
Double-A Hartford: 7/30-8/1 @ Harrisburg, 8/2-8/4 vs. Trenton
High-A Lancaster: 7/30-8/1 vs. Rancho Cucamonga, 8/2-8/4 vs. Modesto
Low-A Asheville: 7/29 @ Hickory, 7/31-8/2 vs. Lexington, 8/3-8/4 vs. Lakewood
Boise Hawks: 7/29-8/1 vs. Vancouver, 8/2-8/4 @ Eugene
Grand Junction Rockies: 7/29-7/31 vs. Ogden, 8/1-8/2 vs. Orem, 8/3-8/4 @ Orem
DSL Colorado: 7/29 vs. DSL Royals2, 7/30 @ DSL Royals2, 7/31 vs. DSL Giants, 8/1 @ DSL Giants, 8/2 @ DSL Mariners, 8/3 vs. DSL Mariners