The Rockies affiliates all performed fine this week, with the Low-A Fresno Grizzlies posting the only winning record. Luckily, though, all of the teams finished within a game of .500 for their weeks.
Speaking of .500, Grizzlies’ shortstop Ezequiel Tovar continues to tear through the Low-A West, North Division. Tovar went 10-for-21 (.476) with two doubles and a home run, and all of his games featured extra-base hits (minus his 0-for-4 performance on June 22). He also added two more stolen bases to his arsenal to widen his team lead to 13 (Daniel Montano, HM PuRP, is second on the list with six). Overall, Tovar leads the team in runs scored (36), hits (61), doubles (13), home runs (7), RBI (39), average (.323), and OPS (.883). Not bad for a 19-year-old!
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (3-3, 15-31 overall)
José Mujica (No. 29 PuRP) made two starts this week, and they couldn’t have gone differently. On June 22, Mujica pitched against the Reno Aces (ARI) and lasted five innings while allowing seven runs on seven hits, including three home runs. He also walked one batter and struck out another. On June 27, he pitched a six-inning, two-hit shutout appearance and struck out six. Everything is about adjustments, so it’s good to see Mujica bounce back from a bad outing with a dominant one.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats (2-4, 15-33 overall)
At the Double-A level, it appears that outfielder Jameson Hannah (No. 19 PuRP) is starting to get his legs under him after injuries kept him out in the early part of the season. This week, Hannah went 6-for-18 (.333) with six strikeouts and three walks. He didn’t notch a single extra-base hit, but has only been held hitless four times in 13 games for Hartford. So far in June, the 23-year-old is slashing .341/.431/.432 with four doubles, six walks, 13 strikeouts, and a stolen base. Comparatively, in May he slashed .257.278/.286 with one double, one walk, 13 strikeouts, and a stolen base in eight games.
High-A: Spokane Indians (3-3, 22-26 overall)
After a stellar outing last week (5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 11 K, 2 BB), LHP Helcris Olivarez followed up with a second straight excellent showing on June 25 against the Hillsboro Hops (ARI). He did give up two runs this time, but the 20-year-old lefty only allowed one hit. In the second inning, Olivarez started by getting the first batter to strike out swinging on three pitches. However, he then gave up back-to-back walks and then allowed a soft line-drive single to score both of the walks. After that damage, he got both of the next two batters out — one on a 4-3 groundout and the other on a popout to short. Unfortunately, those two runs proved to be the difference in the game, as the Indians lost 2-0 to the Hops.
Low-A: Fresno Grizzlies (4-2, 30-18 overall)
Fellow LHP Sam Weatherly (No. 17 PuRP) also had a solid outing for the second game in a row for the Fresno Grizzlies. On June 17, the 2020 third-rounder pitched a four-inning, one-hit shutout appearance, but he walked five batters and only struck out three. The Grizzlies beat the Stockton Ports (OAK) 11-5. This time around, on June 23, Weatherly pitched five innings of one-hit shutout baseball against the Visalia Rawhide (ARI). He also struck out nine, but walked two and hit one. The Grizzlies won that game 3-1.
Another player finding his footing in the minors is outfielder Daniel Montano (HM PuRP). After a down year in 2019 with Low-A Asheville in which he slashed a career low .218/.274/.344, Montano appears to be figuring things out in Fresno. Montano slashed .268/.338/.366 with four doubles, one home run, and three stolen bases in five attempts. So far in June, Montano is slashing .333/.427/.560 with five doubles, three triples, two home runs, and three more stolen bases in as many attempts. Finally, Montano is in the middle of a 10-game hitting streak with five of those being multi-hit games. He could certainly be one to keep an eye on if he continues to perform well.
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Week of 7/5-7/11 (Hitters)
|Adael Amador||15||ACL Rockies||2/15||0||3||2|
|Bret Boswell||24||Triple-A (IL)||IL||IL||IL||IL|
Week of 7/5-7/11 (Pitchers)
|Ryan Rolison||1||Triple-A (IL)||IL||IL||IL||IL||IL|
|Tommy Doyle||20||Double-A (IL)||IL||IL||IL||IL||IL|
Season to Date (Hitters)
|Adael Amador||15||ACL Rockies||.240/.387/.400||1|
|Bret Boswell||24||Triple-A (IL)||N/A||N/A|
Season to Date (Pitchers)
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Triple-A Albuquerque: 6/28-6/29 vs. Tacoma (SEA); 7/1-7/4 vs. El Paso (SD)
Double-A Hartford: 6/29-7/4 vs. Altoona (PIT)
High-A Spokane: 6/29-7/4 vs. Tri-City (LAA)
Low-A Fresno: 6/29-7/4 vs. Rancho Cucamonga (LAD)