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Fresno Grizzlies make the CAL championship, Hartford concludes, AFL rosters announced.

Prospect news and statistics from the Rockies minor league affiliates from September 12-18, 2022

The minor league season is winding down, but there was still plenty of news from the Colorado Rockies farm system last week.

The Hartford Yard Goats wrapped up their 2022 campaign with a series win against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (NYM). Even though they missed out on the playoffs, Hartford still finished with a very respectable 77-60 overall record.

The Fresno Grizzlies did make the playoffs, and made quick work of their first round matchup with San Jose (SF), taking the first two games to advance to the California League Low-A championship series against the Lake Elsinore Storm (SD). The series has started unfavorably for the Grizzlies, who dropped the first game on the road. But they still have a chance to take home the title if they are able to win the next two games at Chukchansi Park.

Elsewhere, the Arizona Fall League rosters were announced on Friday. The Rockies will once again be represented by the Salt River Rafters, combining prospects with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays to form the roster.

On the pitching side, Blair Calvo, Fineas Del Bonta-Smith, Stephen Jones and Peter Lambert will be headed to Talking Stick. Calvo, Del Bonta-Smith and Jones have all spent the season in the Hartford bullpen and are Rule-5 Draft eligible in the off-season. Lambert is on the 40-man roster, but has not appeared in a game since June and will surely be watched closely this fall.

Colorado will be represented in the field by C Braxton Fulford, 3B Warming Bernabel (No. 18 PuRP), 1B Grant Lavigne (No. 22 PuRP), and OF Zac Veen (No. 1 PuRP). Bernabel and Lavigne will both be Rule-5 Draft eligible in the off-season and have split times between multiple levels this season. Top prospect Veen has also split time between High-A and Double-A this season and how he fares against top-flight competition will surely be of significance for the front office’s planning of 2023. Maybe the biggest surprise of the selections is Fulford, a 6th round selection in the 2021. He spent the entire season in Low-A Fresno, hitting 17 doubles, 15 home runs and posting a 117wRC+ in 104 games. After a strong regular season, a good showing in the Arizona Fall League could put Fulford on a fast-track through the system.

Top 30 PuRPs

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (2-4, 61-78 overall)

As the affiliates around them close shop one-by-one, the Albuquerque Isotopes have continued to chug along. After taking both halves of a double-header to start the series against Oklahoma City (LAD), the ‘Topes dropped four straight games to wrap-up the series.

Wynton Bernard, who was voted Albuquerque’s Most Valuable Player, continued his torrid season with two home runs and an impressive .389/.429/.833 line in the series. Part of Bernard’s rampage was hitting Albuquerque’s 14th grand slam in 2022, setting the record for most in a season by any minor league team.

The newest face in the Albuquerque dugout was Ezequiel Tovar (No. 6 PuRP), who made his Triple-A debut against the Dodgers. After being out since June 29, Tovar didn’t miss a beat in his first series back, posting multiple hits in two of his three games, including his first Isotopes homer.

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats (4-2, 77-60 overall)

The conclusion of the Hartford series was a successful one, as they took four-of-six games on the road against the Rumble Ponies. Case Williams didn’t pick up one of those wins, but still delivered an electric Double-A debut. Williams, who has now pitched at three MiLB levels this season, got off to a rocky start when he was touched up for a three-run home run in the first inning. But he settled in, allowing one run over the next five frames and ultimately finished with an impressive 12 strikeouts to just one walk over six innings pitched.

Offensively, Brenton Doyle (No. 10 PuRP) led the way with a team-high eight knocks, three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.120 OPS. Isaac Collins also had a strong finish to the season, scoring seven runs and posting a 1.184 OPS.

Two pitchers who were absent from the festivities were Noah Davis (No. 19 PuRP) and Gavin Hollowell, who were both called up to the active Major League roster during the week.

Fresno Grizzlies (2-1 playoffs, 82-49 overall regular season)

The playoff atmosphere is palpable for the Grizzlies, who are vying for their first title since 2015, when they were in the Pacific Coast League and affiliated with the Houston Astros.

The championship push got off to a strong start with a 12-3 win in game one of the semi finals, highlighted by a three-hit night from 2022 draftee Jordan Beck. Opening day starter Brayan Castillo kept the momentum going in game two, delivering four strong innings with just two hits allowed on the way to a 7-3 victory.

That earned Fresno a spot in the championship against Lake Elsinore. As mentioned at the top of the article, the series has started in the Storm’s favor, but the Grizzlies are still alive and will need to win their last two games to capture their first California League championship since 1987. If the squad is up to the task, they will secure their tenth California League title in team history.

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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
Joe Rock 16 Double-A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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: 9/20-9/25 @ Sugar Land (HOU)

Double-A Hartford: Season Concluded

High-A Spokane: Season concluded

Low-A Fresno: 9/20-21 vs Lake Elsinore (SD)