After making ten starts in Albuquerque, Rico Garcia (no. 12 PuRP) earned his first win as an Isotope. Garcia has had an up and down half season in Albuquerque, posting a 7.49 ERA in those ten starts and only striking out 38 so far. Comparatively, he posted a 1.85 ERA in 13 starts with Hartford and struck out 87 batters. Garcia hasn’t been terrible, but he’s been mostly running into some bad luck. He has four losses, but five no decisions. This start against Round Rock was Rico’s best start since his first start on June 21, and his best start at home this season. Hopefully he can keep that momentum going and finish the season strong!
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 5-1 (54-66)
Isotopes catcher Dom Nuñez (HM PuRP) didn’t have the flashiest week — going 4-for-16 with three strikeouts. However, those four hits came in consecutive games and two of those were home runs in back-to-back starts on August 9 and 11. The Isotopes were no-hit through seven innings on August 11, but a five run eighth tied the game. That set up Nuñez to hit a walk off home run to win that game. Nuñez is in the midst of his best offensive season since Low-A, which has finally led to a big league call up, so hopefully he can continue this great performance in the majors.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 3-3 (59-57)
Recently reinstated outfielder Vince Fernandez (no. 26 PuRP) notched his first hit — a double — since coming off of the restricted list. Fernandez has been used in a limited role since his reinstatement, being used mostly as a pinch hitter. He has struck out five times, including each of his pinch hit appearances. Hopefully he is able to regain his form and perform at a high level again soon.
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 2-4 (60-58)
Ryan Vilade (no. 8 PuRP) continues to shine in Lancaster, this week going 9-for-27 with a triple (9) and a home run (9). He snapped an eight game hitting streak on August 8, but has since started a new three game streak that includes two multi-hit games. I would fully expect Vilade to be promoted to Hartford next year, and hopefully he continues to play at this high level that he’s shown in Lancaster.
Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 3-3 (57-63)
After struggling a bit last week, Ryan Feltner (no. 29 PuRP) strung together a much better start on Friday in his second game back from the Injured List. Feltner lasted five innings and only gave up two earned runs while also striking out two. It was the first time since June 7 that he did not walk a batter. Feltner was drafter in the fourth round last year and had a fantastic showing in Grand Junction — 0.88 ERA and 0.65 WHIP in 30 2⁄3 innings. His showing in Asheville has been a little more up and down, but hopefully he’s in the midst of rebounding since his trip to the IL.
Boise Hawks, 2-2 (23-32)
Despite only playing in one game this week, Michael Toglia (no. 6 PuRP) made the most of it. Toglia went 3-for-3 with two home runs, the first multi-homer game of his young professional career. He also walked twice and didn’t strike out at all — the second time he’s done that in the same amount of games. This bumped his slash up from .232/.351/.430 to .248/.369/.483. Toglia seems to be trending in the right direction, so hopefully he continues that way.
Grand Junction Rockies, 1-2 (26-24)
Outfielder Brenton Doyle (no. 30 PuRP) had a solid showing this week, going 4-for-11 and posting a three game hitting streak. Doyle was drafted in the fourth round this year and has so far been hitting very well in Grand Junction with a slash of .327/.424/.514 in 29 games. In those 29 games, he has only been hitless eight times and has recorded 11 multi-hit games. However, he has 29 strikeouts in 108 at-bats (27%), but that should hopefully come down as he matures.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Colorado, 2-4 (25-35)
Ronald Pereira had another solid showing this week, going four innings without yielding any runs. He struck out two batters, but also walked one and hit two others. He threw 24 pitches, 18 for strikes. This outing dropped his ERA from 3.90 down to 3.41 and his WHIP went from 1.45 to 1.36. Pereira is only 17, so we’ll see if he makes his stateside debut next year or if he stays in the DSL for one more season.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies, 5-1 (37-17)
RHP Enmanuel Pio also had a solid week for DSL Rockies, making two appearances for a total of three innings of no-run baseball. He struck out four batters, but also walked one and hit another. This is Pio’s second year with DSL Rockies and he is having a much better season than he did in 2018. Granted last year he only played in seven games and only pitched 8 1⁄3 innings, but still. We’ll see if this 19-year-old makes his stateside debut next year with the progress he’s made this year.
Week of 8/5-8/11
|Michael Toglia||6||A (short)||3/3||2||0||2|
|Aaron Schunk||11||A (short)||0/0||0||0||0|
|Bladimir Restituyo||27||A (short)||3/19||0||4||0|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||5/15||0||6||5|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||5/15||0||2||2|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Rockies||1/15||0||5||0|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Rockies||5/19||0||2||0|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||6/19||0||4||4|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||5/19||0||5||2|
|Breiling Eusebio||21||A (short)||0.0||0/0||0||0|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||0.0||0/0||0||0|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||4.0||0/0||2||1|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||3.0||1/1||3||0|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||3.0||0/0||4||1|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||2.0||0/0||4||0|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||2.0||1/1||2||2|
Season to Date
|Michael Toglia||6||A (short)||.248/.369/.483||9|
|Aaron Schunk||11||A (short)||.329/.388/.540||6|
|Bladimir Restituyo||27||A (short)||.268/.276/.388||4|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||.216/.348/.234||0|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||.296/.389/.379||2|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Rockies||.243/.374/.368||2|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Rockies||.250/.321/.385||4|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||.313/.374/.400||1|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||.256/.343/.428||5|
|Breiling Eusebio||21||A (short)||22.1||7.25|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||9.1||9.64|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||31.2||3.41|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||24.1||4.44|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||30.1||3.86|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||27.1||3.29|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||28.1||4.45|
Triple-A Albuquerque: 8/12-8/13 vs. Round Rock, 8/15-8/18 @ Las Vegas
Double-A Hartford: 8/13-8/15 vs. Portland, 8/16-8/18 @ Binghamton
High-A Lancaster: 8/13-8/15 vs. Lake Elsinore, 8/16-8/18 @ Modesto
Low-A Asheville: 8/12-8/14 vs. Rome, 8/15-8/18 vs. Charleston
Boise Hawks: 8/12-8/13 vs. Spokane, 8/14-8/16 @ Hillsboro, 8/17-8/18 @ Vancouver
Grand Junction Rockies: 8/12-8/15 @ Billings, 8/17-8/18 vs. Orem