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Warming Bernabel stays hot, recent promotions debut

Prospect news and statistics from the Rockies minor league affiliates from July 4-10, 2022

The Colorado Rockies farm system had a good week overall, with only one squad dropping their series. On the short-season front, the ACL Rockies tallied four wins while the DSL racked up five wins between the two teams. The ACL Rockies grabbed headlines on Friday in their 2-0 win against the ACL Giants Black, with Bryan Mena, Jordy Vargas and Gabriel Rodriguez combining to throw a no-hitter.

For the full-season clubs, the Albuquerque Isotopes dropped their road series against Round Rock (TEX). The Hartford Yard Goats split their road set with New Hampshire (TOR), as did the Spokane Indians at home against Tri-City (LAA). The Fresno Grizzlies were the big winners again, taking five of six at home against San Jose (SF).

3B Warming Bernabel (No. 18 PuRP) was not around to enjoy Fresno’s success because he was promoted to High-A Spokane on July 3rd. After posting a .323/.394/.542 line in June, Bernabel earned a spot in the Indians lineup and hit the ground running in his first week with his new squad. He posted a .714 SLG and even 1.000 OPS in 21 AB, hitting two home runs and collecting 15 TB. Bernabel now has a 34 XBH and a .902 OPS this season, confirming the promise he showed in the ACL in 2021 is for real in his first full-season in the minors.

Top 30 PuRPs

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (2-4, 39-45 overall)

Karl Kauffmann (No. 20 PuRP) showed well in his Triple-A debut last week. Kauffmann allowed two unearned runs over five innings, striking out four with just three hits allowed in his first start for the Isotopes. Relievers Julian Fernandez (HM PuRP) and Nick Kennedy also had fine weeks out of the bullpen, with Kennedy tossing two scoreless innings while Fernandez struck out six in 2 ⅔ shutout innings.

At the plate, former first-round pick D.J. Peterson continued to be the power source for the Albuquerque lineup, posting a 1.289 OPS and mashing three home runs to bring his season total up 10. Wynton Bernard continued his torrid season with two home runs, two stolen bases and six RBI. Sam Hilliard also had a fine week with three of his four hits going for extra-bases and a 1.032 OPS.

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats (3-3, 49-32 overall)

Hunter Stovall had a phenomenal week at the dish, going 11-for-24 with a team-leading 17 TB and 1.208 OPS. Stovall has been on a hot stretch of late, posting a 121 wRC+ since the start of June. Daniel Montano continued his strong season with three home runs and tied Stovall for the team lead in RBI (6) and runs (5). Grant Lavigne (No. 22 PuRP) made his Hartford debut, going 5-for-18 with three runs scored.

Mitchell Kilkenny (No. 23 PuRP) had a two-start week, and performed consistently with two runs allowed and four strikeouts in each. All told, Kilkenny finished with a 3.60 ERA over 10 IP. Michael Baird delivered the strongest start of the week with four hits, a walk and one run allowed over seven innings with 10 punchouts. Tony Locey made his first start as a Yard Goat, allowing five earned runs over 5 ⅔ innings.

High-A: Spokane Indians (3-3, 40-38 overall)

The departure of Locey opened a spot for Mason Green in the Indians’ rotation. It was an up-and-down debut as Green allowed two earned runs over five innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, but did permit nine hits and five total runs in his first start. Will Ethridge and Joe Rock (No. 16 PuRP) had shutout performances, each allowing three hits over six innings with five strikeouts.

Zac Veen (No. 1 PuRP) was a force for the Spokane offense again, going 10-for-24 with seven runs scored and three stolen bases. His 35 stolen bases and 59 runs scored this season leads the Northwest League. Julio Carreras (HM PuRP) also posted a 10-for-24, with five of his hits good for extra-bases and a team-high eight driven-in and 17 TB. Hunter Goodman had a tough first act for Spokane, collecting three hits and a homer but striking out in 10 of 16 AB.

Fresno Grizzlies (5-1, 51-30 overall)

Cullen Kafka threw five innings of one-run ball in his start while Case Williams allowed two runs on two hits and no walks in six innings. McCade Brown had another stellar outing with one run, a walk and four hits surrendered over six innings while striking out six.

The Grizzlies’ offense was spear-headed by Yorvis Torrealba, who posted a ridiculous 1.525 OPS during the week. All told, Torrealba finished 9-for-16 with four extra-base hits, a BB-to-K of 4-to-0 and a team-high seven runs scored and 14 TB. Benny Montgomery (No. 2 PuRP) showed well in his return from his ACL rehab assignment, smacking a home run and posting a .412/.444/.647 line in four games. Juan Guerrero was also exceptional with team-leading six RBI and even 1.000 OPS.

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Week of 9/19-9/25 (Hitters)

Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB SB
Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB SB
Zac Veen 1 Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Benny Montgomery 2 Low-A 0/4 0 3 0 0
Drew Romo 3 High-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Elehuris Montero 5 MLB DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Ezequiel Tovar 6 MLB 2/7 0 2 2 0
Michael Toglia 7 MLB DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Ryan Vilade 8 Triple-A 2/14 1 3 2 0
Brenton Doyle 10 Triple-A 11/24 1 6 3 0
Colton Welker 11 SF Triple-A (IL) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Adael Amador 17 Low-A 1/3 0 0 0 0
Warming Bernabel 18 High-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Grant Lavigne 22 Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aaron Schunk 24 Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Yanquiel Fernandez 25 Low-A 0/2 0 1 2 0
Dyan Jorge 26 DSL N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hunter Goodman 27 Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Willie MacIver 28 Triple-A 2/14 0 6 1 0
Eddy Diaz 30 High-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Julio Carreras HM Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jameson Hannah HM Double-A (IL) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Juan Brito HM Low-A 1/4 0 1 0 0
Bladimir Restituyo HM High-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Week of 9/19-9/25 (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 4 Triple-A (IL) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chris McMahon 9 High-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jaden Hill 12 Low-A DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Helcris Olivarez 13 ACL (IL) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sam Weatherly 14 ACL (IL) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ryan Feltner 15 MLB DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Joe Rock 16 Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Noah Davis 19 MLB DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Karl Kauffmann 20 Triple-A 1/1 6.0 2/2 7 4
Jordy Vargas 21 Low-A DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Mitchell Kilkenny 23 Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
McCade Brown 29 Low-A (IL) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tony Locey HM Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Julian Fernández HM Triple-A 2/0 2.0 1/1 1 0
Brayan Castillo HM Low-A DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Season to Date (Hitters)

Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB SB
Name PuRP Ranking Level H/AB HR SO BB SB
Zac Veen 1 Double-A 114/466 12 132 64 55
Benny Montgomery 2 Low-A 73/233 6 71 21 9
Drew Romo 3 High-A 95/374 5 81 35 18
Elehuris Montero 5 MLB 79/255 15 63 27 4
Ezequiel Tovar 6 MLB 91/285 14 66 27 17
Michael Toglia 7 MLB 107/429 30 149 60 7
Ryan Vilade 8 Triple-A 93/373 6 70 51 10
Brenton Doyle 10 Triple-A 127/495 24 164 26 23
Colton Welker 11 SF Triple-A (IL) 12/37 2 7 6 0
Adael Amador 17 Low-A 131/449 15 67 87 26
Warming Bernabel 18 High-A 115/367 14 56 31 23
Grant Lavigne 22 Double-A 127/449 10 134 68 2
Aaron Schunk 24 Double-A 116/450 14 115 36 6
Yanquiel Fernandez 25 Low-A 135/475 21 114 39 5
Dyan Jorge 26 DSL 66/206 4 35 24 13
Hunter Goodman 27 Double-A 154/523 36 151 40 6
Willie MacIver 28 Triple-A 82/360 15 112 38 10
Eddy Diaz 30 High-A 102/391 6 89 30 37
Julio Carreras HM Double-A 130/462 11 127 36 19
Jameson Hannah HM Double-A (IL) 27/99 1 25 12 7
Juan Brito HM Low-A 115/402 11 71 78 17
Bladimir Restituyo HM High-A 111/396 8 87 11 22

Season to Date (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 4 Triple-A (IL) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chris McMahon 9 High-A 8/6 28.2 18/17 25 5
Jaden Hill 12 Low-A 10/10 17.2 6/6 25 6
Helcris Olivarez 13 ACL (IL) 1/1 2.0 0/0 1 0
Sam Weatherly 14 ACL 5/3 11.2 5/5 23 2
Ryan Feltner 15 MLB 11/11 51.2 25/22 60 18
Joe Rock 16 Double-A 22/22 115.2 72/62 120 50
Noah Davis 19 MLB 26/26 133.1 86/82 152 60
Karl Kauffmann 20 Triple-A 27/27 137.2 83/77 142 74
Jordy Vargas 21 Low-A 13/11 51.1 23/17 64 17
Mitchell Kilkenny 23 Double-A 24/24 102.0 67/63 76 34
McCade Brown 29 Low-A 18/18 89.2 56/52 118 23
Tony Locey HM Double-A 26/20 102.2 82/71 93 67
Julian Fernández HM Triple-A 57/0 56.0 46/42 64 31
Brayan Castillo HM Low-A 22/22 99.1 72/62 89 51

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Upcoming Schedule

Triple-A Albuquerque: 7-12-7/17 @ Sacramento (SF)

Double-A Hartford: 7-12-7/17 vs Harrisburg (WAS)

High-A Spokane: 7-12-7/17 @ Eugene (SF)

Low-A Fresno: 7-12-7/17 @ Rancho Cucamonga (LA)