Bladimir Restituyo (no. 27 PuRP) started off this year tearing through the Northwest League. Up until August 17, he was hitting .259/.266/.368 with four homers and 13 doubles. He wasn’t hitting for too much power, but he was making solid contact. He also stole 16 bases in 21 tries as a 17/18-year old (he turned 18 on July 2). Restituyo was signed by the Rockies in 2017 and, again, made a solid debut in the Dominican Summer League last year. Split between the two teams, he hit .300/.337/.456 with four homers, seven triples, and eleven doubles. He also had 16 stolen bases in 25 attempts.
Restituyo was recently reassigned to Grand Junction, where he has back-to-back multi-hit games and already has a stolen base attempt (he was caught). He also hit an RBI double in his first game. So far he’s dong well, but I would not be surprised at all to see this youngster bumped up to Asheville regardless next year.
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 2-4 (56-70)
It was double-digit strikeout week in Albuquerque, since three out of the four position player PuRPs finished their week that way. The only one who didn’t was Brian Mundell (no. 25 PuRP), but he finished with nine. However, all three of them also hit at least one home run. Sam Hilliard (no. 14 PuRP) finished the strongest out of the bunch, going 6-for-20 (.300) with two more home runs, but he struck out ten times. Josh Fuentes (no. 28 PuRP) went 6-for-26 (.231) with another homer, but struck out 11 times. Roberto Ramos (no. 23 PuRP) struggled the most, going 3-for-23 (.130) with a homer, but also struck out 11 times. Hopefully this isn’t a trend to finish out the season right before September call ups and Arizona Fall League selections.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 6-1 (65-58)
Justin Lawrence (no. 24 PuRP) had one of his best outings this week on August 13. The Yard Goats’ closer relieved Mitch Horacek in the ninth and immediately struck out the first batter. Then he walked the next one, but struck out the next two to finish out the game. Both of them were called out on strikes. He threw 24 pitches, 15 for strikes in that appearance. The last time Lawrence recorded multiple strikeouts in an appearance was July 12 (2 K’s), and the only other time he recorded three strikeouts was June 26. However, this was his only appearance where he struck out three and didn’t yield any runs.
Unfortunately, the week did not end as well. Lawrence made two more appearances and in his second one, he gave up two earned runs on three hits and walked another batter. He came back three days later and didn’t yield a run, but also walked yet another batter. Lawrence has walked 26 batters this year — nine in Albuquerque and 17 in Hartford. That ranks him third among Yard Goats’ relievers. Hopefully Lawrence is able to reset in the offseason and come back next year with the brilliance that he’s had in the past that has made him such a highly touted pitching prospect.
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 3-3 (63-61)
Earlier this year, it was Ryan Rolison (no. 3 PuRP) getting all the attention. Now that seems to have shifted to Ryan Vilade (no. 8 PuRP) because he has been absolutely dominating as of late. This week alone, he went 12-for-29 (.414) and is currently in the middle of a nine game hitting streak. He has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games dating back to July 30. 10 of those games have also been multi-hit games and four of them have been 3+ hit games. During that span, Vilade has also hit four doubles, one triple, and four home runs. He has also only struck out eight times (10%)! Hopefully this blazing hot streak continues and he doesn’t lose momentum going into the offseason and 2020.
Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 5-2 (62-65)
Ryan Feltner (no. 29 PuRP) had another great showing this week, pitching five innings of four hit, two run ball. He walked two but struck out five — his highest strikeout game since July 14. Since returning from the Injured List, Feltner has held his own. He immediately came back and only went 3 1⁄3 innings in which he gave up five earned runs on six hits, including a home run. However, since then he has back-to-back five inning, two earned run outings. This time he had more strikeouts but he also had the two walks, which he didn’t give up last time. He should have a few more starts left, so hopefully he’s able to finish strong.
Boise Hawks, 1-6 (24-38)
Breiling Eusebio (no. 21 PuRP) was the only Boise Hawk PuRP to see action this week and he certainly made the most of it. He pitched three innings and only yielded one unearned run. He also walked two and struck out two. Eusebio has been struggling with walks, particularly in his last three outings where he has walked two in each. However, he yielded zero earned runs for the first time since June 30, so hopefully that low-run trend will continue.
Grand Junction Rockies, 1-5 (27-29)
Brenton Doyle (no. 30 PuRP) had another stellar outing this week, going 12-for-22 (.545) with two home runs. After starting the week 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, Doyle is now in the middle of a five game hitting streak that includes four mult-hit games. On August 17, he went 4-for-4 with two doubles. Doyle also showed off his speed this week, stealing two more bases. So far in Grand Junction, the 2019 fourth round pick is hitting .364/.450/.581 with 15 extra base hits (eight doubles, a triple, and six homers). That trend should put him up in Asheville next year.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Colorado, 2-4 (27-39)
Ronald Pereira pitched twice again this week, going at least four innings in both of his starts. His first outing wasn’t bad — four innings, three hits, two earned runs, a walk, and four strikeouts. However, he struggled mightily in his second outing — 4 1⁄3 innings, eight hits, seven earned runs, and six strikeouts. Luckily, both times he kept his pitch count fairly low — 29 in the first outing (23 for strikes) and 35 in the second (33 for strikes). Hopefully the next outing is better.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies, 3-2 (40-19)
Juan Guerrero had the best outing of the DSL Rockies, recording a four game hitting streak that had him go 6-for-18 (.333) with six RBI, three strikeouts, three stolen bases, and zero walks. The 17-year-old from the Dominican Republic is hitting .315/.372/.393 on the year with 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts, but also only has 11 extra base hits (nine doubles, one triple, and one homer). However, if he can keep showing off that speed he might be ready to take it stateside next year.
Week of 8/12-8/18
|Michael Toglia||6||A (short)||0/0||0||0||0|
|Aaron Schunk||11||A (short)||0/0||0||0||0|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||2/8||0||3||0|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||5/19||0||1||2|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Rockies||3/16||0||3||2|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Rockies||1/4||0||1||0|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||6/18||0||3||0|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||1/13||0||4||1|
|Breiling Eusebio||21||A (short)||3.0||1/0||2||2|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||0.0||0/0||0||0|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||8.1||9/9||10||1|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||2.0||0/0||4||0|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||2.0||2/2||1||1|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||2.0||2/1||1||0|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||2.0||1/1||2||0|
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)||.269/.276/.378||4|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||.218/.342/.235||0|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Colorado||.293/.390/.373||2|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Rockies||.239/.368/.358||2|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Rockies||.250/.320/.387||4|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||.315/.372/.393||1|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||.244/.330/.404||5|
|Breiling Eusebio||21||A (short)||25.1||6.39|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||9.1||9.64|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||40.0||4.73|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||26.1||4.10|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||32.1||4.18|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||29.1||3.38|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||30.1||4.45|
Triple-A Albuquerque: 8/19-8/21 @ Sacramento, 8/22-8/25 vs. Fresno
Double-A Hartford: 8/19-8/21 @ Altoona, 8/22-8/25 vs. Reading
High-A Lancaster: 8/20-8/22 @ Inland Empire, 8/23-8/25 vs. Lake Elsinore
Low-A Asheville: 8/20-8/22 @ Augusta, 8/23-8/25 @ Greenville
Boise Hawks: 8/19 @ Vancouver, 8/20-8/22 @ Salem-Keizer, 8/23-8/25 @ Tri-City
Grand Junction Rockies: 8/19-8/20 vs. Orem, 8/21-8/24 vs. Ogden
DSL Colorado: 8/19 vs. DSL Pirates2, 8/20 @ DSL Pirates2, 8/21 vs. DSL Royals2, 8/22 @ DSL Royals2, 8/23 @ DSL Giants, 8/24 vs. DSL Giants