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Rockies prospect Ezequiel Tovar continues to tear up the Low-A West

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Prospect news and statistics from the Rockies minor league affiliates from June 21-27, 2021

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!

Top 30 PuRPs

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)

Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB
Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB
Zac Veen 2 Low-A 3/22 0 10 4
Ryan Vilade 3 Triple-A 4/9 0 1 4
Michael Toglia 4 High-A 3/16 0 7 1
Colton Welker 5 Triple-A SUSP SUSP SUSP SUSP
Aaron Schunk 6 High-A 0/21 0 6 2
Drew Romo 8 Low-A 4/13 0 3 0
Grant Lavigne 9 Low-A 4/17 0 6 4
Brenton Doyle 12 High-A 8/21 1 5 1
Eddy Diaz 14 Low-A 5/17 0 3 0
Adael Amador 15 ACL Rockies 2/15 0 3 2
Julio Carreras 16 Low-A 2/19 0 8 1
Yonathan Daza 18 MLB N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jameson Hannah 19 Double-A 5/18 0 3 2
Dom Nuñez 22 MLB N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bret Boswell 24 Triple-A (IL) IL IL IL IL
Bladimir Restituyo 26 Low-A 3/19 0 6 2
Ezequiel Tovar 28 Low-A 7/24 1 1 0
Niko Decolati HM High-A 5/20 0 4 0
Willie MacIver HM Double-A 0/12 0 2 0
Daniel Montano HM Low-A 7/18 1 5 2

Week of 7/5-7/11 (Pitchers)

Name PuRP Ranking Level G/GS IP R/ER SO BB
Name PuRP Ranking Level G/GS IP R/ER SO BB
Ryan Rolison 1 Triple-A (IL) IL IL IL IL IL
Chris McMahon 7 High-A 1/1 6.0 2/1 7 1
Helcris Olivarez 10 High-A 1/1 5.0 2/2 9 5
Karl Kauffmann 11 Double-A 1/1 5.0 6/5 3 2
Ben Bowden 13 MLB N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sam Weatherly 17 Low-A 1/1 6.0 0/0 7 1
Tommy Doyle 20 Double-A (IL) IL IL IL IL IL
Antonio Santos 21 Triple-A 2/0 2.0 1/1 3 2
Will Ethridge 23 High-A 0/0 0.0 0/0 0 0
Ryan Feltner 25 Double-A 2/2 10.1 6/6 7 6
Mitchell Kilkenny 27 High-A 1/1 7.0 3/2 2 1
José Mujica 29 Triple-A 0/0 0.0 0/0 0 0
Riley Pint 30 RET N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Breiling Eusebio HM High-A 2/2 7.2 11/11 7 6
Jordan Sheffield HM MLB N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Season to Date (Hitters)

Name PuRP Ranking Level AVG/OBP/SLG HR
Name PuRP Ranking Level AVG/OBP/SLG HR
Zac Veen 2 Low-A .249/.366/.397 4
Ryan Vilade 3 Triple-A .272/.342/.371 2
Michael Toglia 4 High-A .229/.332/.416 10
Colton Welker 5 Triple-A SUSP SUSP
Aaron Schunk 6 High-A .211/.278/.311 3
Drew Romo 8 Low-A .294/.330/.460 4
Grant Lavigne 9 Low-A .272/.382/.421 5
Brenton Doyle 12 High-A .268/.333/.442 8
Eddy Diaz 14 Low-A .213/.310/.252 0
Adael Amador 15 ACL Rockies .240/.387/.400 1
Julio Carreras 16 Low-A .205/.257/.333 3
Yonathan Daza 18 MLB N/A N/A
Jameson Hannah 19 Double-A .286/.352/.357 0
Dom Nuñez 22 MLB N/A N/A
Bret Boswell 24 Triple-A (IL) N/A N/A
Bladimir Restituyo 26 Low-A .242/.276/.323 2
Ezequiel Tovar 28 Low-A .314/.346/.508 9
Niko Decolati HM High-A .226/.305/.384 7
Willie MacIver HM Double-A .268/.378/.542 13
Daniel Montano HM Low-A .307/.382/.458 4

Season to Date (Pitchers)

Name PuRP Ranking Level IP ERA
Name PuRP Ranking Level IP ERA
Ryan Rolison 1 Triple-A 27.0 3.67
Chris McMahon 7 High-A 61.0 4.28
Helcris Olivarez 10 High-A 55.2 5.50
Karl Kauffmann 11 Double-A 43.0 9.21
Ben Bowden 13 MLB 2.2 0.00
Sam Weatherly 17 Low-A 53.2 4.36
Tommy Doyle 20 Double-A` 9.1 9.64
Antonio Santos 21 Triple-A 27.2 8.13
Will Ethridge 23 High-A 50.0 5.68
Ryan Feltner 25 Double-A 60.1 2.69
Mitchell Kilkenny 27 High-A 61.2 2.04
José Mujica 29 Triple-A 43.0 6.91
Riley Pint 30 RET N/A N/A
Breiling Eusebio HM High-A 67.0 4.30
Jordan Sheffield HM MLB N/A N/A

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Upcoming Schedule

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)