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Rockies prospect Chris McMahon continues to shine in Spokane

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Prospect news and statistics from the Rockies minor league affiliates from August 30-September 5, 2021

The Spokane Indians only played four games this week due to COVID protocols being implemented with their opponent, the Tri-City Dust Devils (OAK). However, the Indians made the most of their limited playing time. Former High-A Pitcher of the Week Chris McMahon (No. 8 PuRP) continued his dominance. He didn’t start this week due to Peter Lambert’s rehab assignment, but he still pitched six innings of one-run ball against the Dust Devils on Aug. 31. He also struck out seven batters for the second straight game. McMahon has yet to strike out double-digit batters, but has struck out nine once and eight once. He has struck out seven six times in 20 games. His 4.10 ERA is best among qualified players, as is his 1.31 WHIP. So far the 2020 second-rounder has had a fantastic first year of pro ball, and hopefully he continues for the next few years.

Top 30 PuRPs

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (3-3, 46-59 overall)

Elehuris Montero (No. 5 PuRP) was promoted to Triple-A this week and played in three games (four including Aug. 31 in Hartford). In his three games in Albuquerque, Montero went 3-for-12 (.250) with one strikeout. Prior to his promotion, Montero was tearing it up in Hartford to the tune of a .279/.361/.523 slash and 34 extra base hits (11 doubles, one triple, and 22 home runs). He was really hot in July (.416/.467/.831 with 12 homers) but cooled off in August (.233/.324/.350 with two homers, but also spent time on the IL from Aug. 14-24). So far things look alright, but it’ll take a bigger sample size to see how Montero adjusts to the hitter-friendly confines of Albuquerque.

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats (3-3, 37-69 overall)

Karl Kauffmann (No. 20 PuRP) seems to be settling down in Hartford a bit after a rocky start. This week, the right-hander made one start and pitched six innings of two-run ball against the Reading Fightin Phils (PHI). He allowed a solo homer, and the other run scored on an RBI single. His full pitching line was six innings pitched, six hits, two earned runs, and four strikeouts. In his last three starts, Kauffmann has not allowed more than three runs over 5+ innings each time. His ERA has slowly been lowering since the season-high 11.30 on June 30. Now it sits at 7.25 for the season (7.82 in Hartford).

High-A: Spokane Indians (4-0, 60-46 overall)

On top of Chris McMahon’s strong outing, Grant Lavigne (No. 15 PuRP) and Niko Decolati (HM PuRP) made the most of their limited at-bats. Lavigne went 4-for-10 (.400) in four games with a home run and a double. Lavigne had more hits (4) than strikeouts (3), and as many walks (4).

Decolati went 6-for-12 (.500) in three games with one double, three RBI, a walk, three strikeouts, and four stolen bases in five tries. On Sept. 2, he went 3-for-5 with an RBI, a strikeout, and three stolen bases. The Boulder native played well in Rookie Grand Junction (.327/.414/.532) but cooled off in Low-A Asheville (.265/.334/.399). After the lost 2020 season, Decolati has held steady at .262/.337/.410, but hopefully he turns on the jets a little bit more. Maybe this is a sign that he is.

Low-A: Fresno Grizzlies (5-1, 71-37 overall)

RHP Tony Locey (HM PuRP) has had a quietly decent year for the Fresno Grizzlies. The former Cardinals’ third-rounder (2019) has posted a 3.47 ERA in 59 23 innings since he was brought over to the Rockies in the Nolan Arenado trade. Locey has made nine starts in 24 games. In his start this week, he pitched 5 23 innings of one-run ball against the Stockton Ports (OAK). He hit one batter and walked four, but struck out eight. He got lit up in his last start — six runs on seven hits over three innings — but bounced back nicely and has pitched well otherwise in the month of August. In fact, that outing was his worst in 2021. Hopefully Locey can continue his success.

ACL Rockies (3-0, 35-12 overall)

In Scottsdale, the ACL Rockies continue to play well. 2021 competitive balance pick Joe Rock (No. 16 PuRP) has been off to a good start. The left-hander has pitched just three innings so far, but he has yet to allow a run and has struck out six. Adael Amador (No. 18 PuRP) had a successful week at the plate. He went 5-for-10 (.500) with two doubles, six RBI, three walks, a strikeout, and a stolen base in two tries. Amador has had a successful first pro season, hitting .280/.377/.424 over the course of 132 at-bats. Not bad for an 18-year-old making his stateside, and pro, debut.

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Week of 8/30-9/5 (Hitters)

Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB
Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB
Zac Veen 1 Low-A 4/16 0 7 1
Benny Montgomery 3 ACL Rockies 6/11 0 1 4
Michael Toglia 4 Double-A 3/17 1 8 4
Elehuris Montero 5 Triple-A 3/15 0 2 0
Colton Welker 6 Triple-A 5/14 1 2 3
Drew Romo 7 Low-A 5/10 0 0 1
Ryan Vilade 10 Triple-A 7/27 0 4 0
Brenton Doyle 11 High-A 0/9 0 7 3
Ezequiel Tovar 12 High-A 3/17 1 2 0
Grant Lavigne 15 High-A 4/10 1 3 4
Adael Amador 18 ACL Rockies 5/10 0 1 3
Aaron Schunk 19 High-A 2/11 0 4 1
Willie MacIver 22 Double-A 2/14 0 4 0
Jameson Hannah 23 Double-A 2/18 0 4 3
Hunter Goodman 24 ACL Rockies 3/10 0 2 3
Julio Carreras 25 Low-A 5/17 0 3 3
Eddy Diaz 27 Low-A 2/15 0 2 2
Warming Bernabel 29 Low-A 2/12 0 2 1
Niko Decolati HM High-A 6/12 0 3 1

Week of 8/30-9/5 (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 2 Triple-A 1/1 4.0 4/4 4 4
Chris McMahon 8 High-A 1/0 6.0 1/1 7 0
Jaden Hill 9 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Helcris Olivarez 13 High-A 0/0 0.0 0/0 0 0
Ryan Feltner 14 MLB N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Joe Rock 16 ACL Rockies 1/0 2.0 0/0 4 0
Sam Weatherly 17 Low-A (IL) IL IL IL IL IL
Karl Kauffmann 20 Double-A 1/1 6.0 2/2 4 0
Mitchell Kilkenny 21 High-A 1/1 6.2 5/3 4 0
McCade Brown 26 ACL Rockies 1/1 2.0 2/2 5 0
Noah Davis 28 High-A 0/0 0.0 0/0 0 0
Will Ethridge 30 High-A 1/1 5.1 3/3 3 2
Case Williams HM Low-A 1/1 4.1 5/5 2 2
Tommy Doyle HM Double-A (IL) IL IL IL IL IL
Breiling Eusebio HM High-A (IL) IL IL IL IL IL
Tony Locey HM Low-A 1/1 5.2 1/1 8 4

Season to Date (Hitters)

Name PuRP Ranking Level AVG/OBP/SLG HR
Name PuRP Ranking Level AVG/OBP/SLG HR
Zac Veen 1 Low-A .304/.400/.511 15
Benny Montgomery 3 ACL Rockies .325/.386/.375 0
Michael Toglia 4 Double-A .228/.333/.434 20
Elehuris Montero 5 Triple-A .278/.358/.513 22
Colton Welker 6 Triple-A .278/.376/.468 3
Drew Romo 7 Low-A .323/.351/.458 6
Ryan Vilade 10 Triple-A .289/.337/.422 6
Brenton Doyle 11 High-A .270/.329/.456 16
Ezequiel Tovar 12 High-A .290/.325/.479 14
Grant Lavigne 15 High-A .272/.382/.423 9
Adael Amador 18 ACL Rockies .280/.377/.424 3
Aaron Schunk 19 High-A .223/.287/.347 7
Willie MacIver 22 Double-A .225/.325/.419 15
Jameson Hannah 23 Double-A .264/.341/.709 3
Hunter Goodman 24 ACL Rockies .282/.408/.410 0
Julio Carreras 25 Low-A .254/.299/.401 7
Eddy Diaz 27 Low-A .264/.341/.331 1
Warming Bernabel 29 Low-A .336/.378/.562 7
Niko Decolati HM High-A .262/.337/.410 11

Season to Date (Pitchers)

Name PuRP Ranking Level IP ERA
Name PuRP Ranking Level IP ERA
Ryan Rolison 2 Triple-A 47.1 5.13
Chris McMahon 8 High-A 105.1 4.10
Jaden Hill 9 N/A N/A N/A
Helcris Olivarez 13 High-A 89.2 6.32
Ryan Feltner 14 MLB 110.0 2.62
Joe Rock 16 ACL Rockies 3.0 0.00
Sam Weatherly 17 Low-A (IL) 69.0 4.83
Karl Kauffmann 20 Double-A 80.2 7.25
Mitchell Kilkenny 21 High-A 100.1 3.41
McCade Brown 26 ACL Rockies 4.0 11.25
Noah Davis 28 High-A 96.2 3.63
Will Ethridge 30 High-A 98.0 4.68
Case Williams HM Low-A 69.1 5.58
Tommy Doyle HM Double-A (IL) 9.1 9.64
Breiling Eusebio HM High-A (IL) 85.0 5.19
Tony Locey HM Low-A 59.2 3.47

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Upcoming Schedule

Triple-A Albuquerque: 9/6-9/7 @ OKC (LAD); 9/9-9/12 vs El Paso (SD)

Double-A Hartford: 9/7-9/9 vs Somerset (NYY); 9/10-9/12 @ Somerset (NYY)

High-A Spokane: 9/7-9/12 @ Vancouver (TOR)

Low-A Fresno: 9/7-9/12 @ Modesto (SEA)

ACL Rockies: 9/6 @ ACL Giants Black; 9/7 vs ACL Cubs; 9/9 @ ACL Athletics; 9/10 vs ACL Giants Orange; 9/11 @ ACL D-backs