Farm Report April 16: Welker Claims Cal League Player of the Week

Third baseman Colton Welker, the No. 4 ranked prospect in the Rockies system, was selected California League Player of the Week for the extended week of April 5-15. Welker hit .455 with a 1.426 OPS, three home runs, 10 RBI, 13 runs scored and 11 walks. 

Welker is leading the Cal League in average, on-base percentage, OPS, walks and runs scored.

A fourth-round draft choice out of Parkland Douglas High School hit .341 at Low-A Asheville last year, but missed two months with an abdominal strain, costing him a shot at the South Atlantic League batting title.

In Sunday's Games:

Triple-A Albuquerque (5-6) lost 7-2 against Salt Lake City. Noel Cuevas was 2-for-3 with his fourth home run, raising his average to .326. David Holmberg (0-1, 10.13) gave up six runs in the first inning.

Double A Hartford (2-7) was rained out at New Hampshire.

High-A Lancaster (6-5) won 7-0 at Lake Elsinore. Rico Garcia (2-0) allowed five hits, walking two and striking out seven in seven innings. Garcia threw only 53 pitches in his final seven innings. Willie Abreu and Roberto Ramos both had RBI singles and scored runs in the seventh inning.

A Asheville (2-8) had its game against Columbia canceled because of weather. The two teams do not play again until after the first-half of the season is completed so the game will not be made up.

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