Farm Report April 29: Oberholtzer Joins Triple-A Albuquerque
Looking to add pitching depth at Triple-A Albuquerque, the Rockies added right-hander Brett Oberholtzer, who originally signed with the Braves as an eighth-round draft choice in 2008. Oberholtzer made his Isotopes debut in a 7-5 loss to Las Vegas on Saturday night.
As well as the Braves, Oberholtzer pitched in the minor leagues last year with Toronto. He has appeared in the big leagues with the Astros, Phillies and Angels. He originally signed to pitch for Somerset in the independent Atlantic League this season, but was released from his contract and signed with the Rockies last week.
In Saturday's Games Down on the Farm
AAA Albuquerque (8-15) lost 7-5 against Las Vegas. Oberholtzer allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and strikeout in four innings. Mike Tauchman was 2-for-3, and has hit safely in all six games since being sent down from the big-league club. He has three doubles a triple, home run and eight RBI. Shawn O'Malley, who was a candidate for a big-league utility role at the start of spring training but suffered a broken hand, was activated by the Isotopes Saturday and went 1-for-3.
AA Hartford (11-10) lost 9-4 at Richmond, ending a seven-game winning streak. Brian Mundell singled and hit a three-run home run. Parker French allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.
High A Lancaster (12-11) moved into sole possession of first place with a 6-5 victory against Rancho Cucamonga. Forest Wall had a game-tying double and scored the winning run in a three-run sixth. Tyler Nevin homered and raised his average to .329.
A Asheville (7-14) won 10-8 against Greensboro. The Tourists hit four home runs, including a three-run shot by Chad Spanberger that put Asheville up 9-8. The Tourists have won three in a row, and four of their last five games.