Saturday Farm Report: Good News, Bad News on Injury Front
Right-hander Rayan Gonzalez, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May a year ago, began his rehab assignment at High-A Lancaster on Friday night, but another highly-regarded pitching prospect, left-hander Breiling Eusebio, is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday.
Gonzalez, rated the No. 30 prospect in the system this spring despite sitting out 2017, needed 10 pitches in a 1-2-3 inning for the Jet Hawks. Gonzalez was honored as an Arizona Fall League Rising Star after the 2016 season. He went to spring training considered a legitimate bullpen candidate, but was sidelined with the arm injury that led to the surgery.
Eusebio, rated the No. 17 prospect in the system, was originally shut down at Low-A Asheville last August, and made three more starts this April before finally giving in to the return of the elbow problems.
In Friday's Games
Class AAA Albuquerque (18-18) won 5-1 at Reno, reaching .500 for the first time since the Isotopes were 6-6 on April 12. Jeff Hoffman allowed one run on six hits with five strikeouts in four innings. The Isotopes established themselves with a four-run first inning that included a Tom Murphy RBI-double, and a three-run home run by Jordan Patterson. Patterson is tied with Murphy for the team lead in home runs. Scott Oberg earned the save, working 1 1/3 innings in his seventh scoreless effort in eight appearances since being sent to Triple-A by the Rockies.
Class AA Hartford (19-15) lost 13-0 at Bowie. Brian Mundell had three of the four hits by the Yard Goats. Jesus Tinoco (4-3, 5.73) suffered the loss. He has allowed 16 earned runs in 17 innings his last three starts.
High A Lancaster (16-19) lost 3-2 at San Jose. Rico Garcia (4-3, 3.49) allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in six innings. Garcia leads the Cal League with 52 strikeouts and 49 innings pitched. Vince Fernandez's two-run single in the eighth was the Jet Hawks only hit in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Low A Asheville (13-19) 10-5 over Greensboro, continuing to rebound from losing 13 of its first 26 games of the season by completing a three-game sweep. Down 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Tourists came up with a five-run rally. Ramon Marcelino tripled in two runs in the inning, and Greg Boswell added a two-run home run in the eighth.