Tyler Nevin (no. 9 PuRP) finished the 2019 season on a high note, going 11-for-34 (.324) with eight extra base hits. He hit home runs in four straight games, including in both ends of the August 27 doubleheader against Harrisburg (AA Nationals). He previously hit a home run on August 10 and finished the season with 13 total. The final week of success raised Nevin’s season slash from .245/.343/.368 to .251/.345/.399. While still not an amazingly flashy stat line, it showed what Nevin is capable of and hopefully it showed enough for him not to repeat Double-A. He might still, at least to start, but this shows promise.
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 4-3 (60-73)
In a week that saw many Isotopes get called up to the majors, Brian Mundell (no. 25 PuRP) made the most of his remaining time in Albuquerque. He recorded hits in seven out of his last eight games, going 14-for-30 (.467) in total with five extra base hits (three doubles and two home runs). Mundell hasn’t been the most flashy prospect, particularly with Roberto Ramos (no. 23 PuRP) and Sam Hilliard (no. 14 PuRP) having breakout years, but he still remained in the Isotopes’ Top Ten in at-bats (390, 6th), runs scored (69, 5th), hits (130, 4th), doubles (32, 1st), triples (4, T-3rd), home runs (11, T-6th), RBI (61, 5th), total bases (203, 6th), and walks (42, 4th). He was drafted as a first baseman, but has been used in the outfield this year as well, so we’ll see where he ends up next year.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, 3-4 (68-62)
Colton Welker (no. 4 PuRP) had an up and down year in Hartford this year, but did enough to earn a selection to the Arizona Fall League. He finished the final week 2-for-12 with a homer. That homer came right after Tyler Nevin hit one in the first game of the Harrisburg doubleheader. Injuries limited Welker to 98 games this year, but he still posted a slash of .252/.313/.408 with 34 extra base hits (24 doubles, one triple, ten home runs). Hopefully the assignment to the Salt River Rafters will help Welker rediscover the things that made him great in the lower levels so he can continue to rise.
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, 3-3 (66-64)
Ryan Vilade (no. 8 PuRP) continues to play well in Lancaster, finishing the week 8-for-27 with two homers and a double. Vilade performed admirably in the first half of the season, hitting .272/.377/.390 with 19 extra base hits (13 doubles, four triples, two home runs), 39 walks, and 56 strikeouts. However, he really came alive in the second half — hitting .327/.357/.527 with 30 extra base hits (14 doubles, six triples, ten home runs), 17 walks, and 39 strikeouts. Something clicked in the second half for Vilade to have such a power surge, but that should garner him a promotion to Hartford next year where he should hopefully continue to grow.
Low-A: Asheville Tourists, 3-3 (65-68)
In another week that unfortunately didn’t feature a lot of action from Asheville PuRP’s, outfielder Niko Decolati (HM PuRP) had the best performance. He went 5-for-25 (.200) with a triple. After starting the season late (June 2), Decolati performed pretty well. He hit .265/.334/.399 with 23 extra base hits (13 doubles, four triples, six home runs) in 291 at-bats with the Tourists. He also struck out 80 times (27.5%) and stole 15 bases in 21 attempts. We’ll see if this is enough to move him to Lancaster, or if he’ll start the year in Asheville again.
Short Season A: Boise Hawks, 1-6 (25-44)
After being out of the lineup for a few weeks, Aaron Schunk (no. 11 PuRP) returned on August 29. Unfortunately, he went 0-for-12 to finish the season. Prior to that, Schunk had been having a solid year — hitting .329/.388/.540 with 20 extra base hits (12 doubles, two triples, six homers). Even after the 0-for-12 slump, it only dropped the 2019 second rounder’s slash to .329/.388/.540 in 173 at-bats. This will almost definitely warrant a promotion to Asheville next season.
Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies, 2-4 (29-33)
Outfielder Brenton Doyle (no. 30 PuRP) is finishing the season strong, going 16-for-29 (.552) with seven extra base hits (three doubles, two triples, two homers). Both of those homers were hit in the September 2 game against the Rocky Mountain Vibes (ROK Brewers). That strong week earned him Pioneer League Player of the Week honors. The 2019 fourth rounder has been absolutely torching rookie ball, posting a .376/.468/.618 slash with 22 extra base hits (11 doubles, three triples, eight homers). He also has only struck out 46 times (27.1%) and has not struck out at all in his last two games. This should absolutely warrant promoting the 21-year-old to Asheville next year as well.
Week of 8/26-9/2
|Michael Toglia||6||A (short)||0/0||0||0||0|
|Aaron Schunk||11||A (short)||0/12||0||3||1|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||--||--||--||--|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Rockies||3/9||0||1||0|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Rockies||1/4||0||2||0|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Rockies||0/0||0||0||0|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||4/9||0||1||0|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||1/3||0||0||1|
|Karl Kauffmann||13||A- (TIL)||0.0||0/0||0||0|
|Breiling Eusebio||21||A (short)||4.2||3/3||4||2|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||--||--||--||--|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||--||--||--||--|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||--||--||--||--|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||1.1||2/2||0||1|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||1.0||0/0||3||1|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||0.1||1/1||0||1|
|Michael Toglia||6||A (short)||.248/.369/.483||9|
|Aaron Schunk||11||A (short)||.306/.370/.503||6|
|Robert Mendoza||--||DSL Colorado||.215/.331/.231||0|
|Aiverson Rodriguez||--||DSL Rockies||.295/.387/.376||2|
|Pedro Mota||--||DSL Rockies||.230/.356/.341||2|
|Warming Bernabel||--||DSL Rockies||.250/.320/.387||4|
|Juan Guerrero||--||DSL Rockies||.319/.387/.408||2|
|Michael James||--||DSL Rockies||.245/.329/.399||5|
|Breiling Eusebio||21||A (short)||38.1||5.87|
|Yeferson Pantoja||--||DSL Colorado||9.1||9.64|
|Ronald Pereira||--||DSL Colorado||41.1||4.57|
|Angel Valencia||--||DSL Colorado||28.1||4.45|
|Enmanuel Pio||--||DSL Rockies||36.2||3.93|
|Francis Rivera||--||DSL Rockies||33.0||3.55|
|Gabriel Barbosa||--||DSL Rockies||33.2||4.28|
Thank you fans for reading the 2019 weekly Pebble Reports! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed covering the minor leagues for the past few years and offering you glimpses into the Rockies’ farm system, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them! Now is the time for some of these prospects to be promoted, so you can still watch some of them with the big league club. Thanks for reading, thanks for the support on this journey, and cheers to 2020!