Tuesday April 10: Welker Reaffirming His Impact Potential
Colton Welker, the Rockies fourth-round draft choice in 2016, has made a statement at High-A Lancaster in the opening week of the California League season. Welker went 3-for-4 in the Jethawks 5-3 victory against San Jose on Tuesday, raising his average to .579.
Ranked the No. 4 prospect in the Rockies organization by Baseball America, Welker hit .329 at rookie-level Grand Junction in 2016, and the Stoneman-Douglas High School alum followed that up by hitting .350 at low-A Asheville in 2017.
Welker originally committed to the University of Miami out of high school, but opted instead to sign with the Rockies.
In Tuesday's game:
Triple-A Albuquerque (4-2) won 7-3 vs. Las Vegas. Derrik Gibson hit a three-run home run and Tom Murphy delivered a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning of the Isotopes home opener. Murphy raised his average to .591. Shane Broyles (1-0) struck out three in two innings of relief to earn the victory.
Double A Hartford (0-6) lost 8-6 vs. Richmond. Jonah Arenado, brother of Rockies third baseman Nolan, was a problem for Hartford, delivering a grand slam in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Wes Rogers, who led the minor leagues with 70 stolen bases last year, hit a two-run home run and Brian Mundell was 4-for-5.
High A Lancaster (4-2) won 5-3 vs. San Jose. Alex Trejo, a 14th-round draft choice last June, singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth and scored later in the inning. Jeff Hoffman made his first appearance on a rehab assignment, giving up two runs in three innings.
A Asheville (1-5) lost 5-4 at Kannapolis. Chad Spanberger (.370) singled home his team-leading seventh RBI in the first inning, but the Tourists fell victim to late-inning rallies. Kannapolis scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, and Craig Dedelow delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.