Monday Farm Report: Tauchman Claims PCL Player of Week Honors
Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Mike Tauchman was selected the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the period of May 14-20, the league office announced Monday.
Tauchman batted .417 (10-for-24) in six games last week, leading the league with eight runs scored, 27 total bases, five home runs and a 1.125 slugging percentage. His six extra-base hits and eight RBI were also tied for the most in the PCL. Tauchman’s week was highlighted by multi-homer games Tuesday at Las Vegas and on Saturday vs. Reno. The outfielder was also a double away from hitting for the cycle Thursday against the Aces, going 4-for-5 with two singles, a triple and a home run.
The Palatine, IL native is in his sixth professional season after being drafted by the Rockies in the 10th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Tauchman is hitting .392 (40-for-102) with eight home runs in 26 games since rejoining the Isotopes from Colorado on April 22. The Player of the Week award is the second he has won in professional career, having also received the honor with Short-Season Tri-City of the Northwest League in August 2013. Tauchman is the first Isotope to be named a PCL Player of the Week this season.
In Sunday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (23-21) won 13=8 against Reno. The Isotopes scored 10 runs in the fifth with seven players getting a hit and six driving in a run during the rally. Josh Fuentes was 3-for-5 in the game with two runs scored, two triples and five RBI. Bret Oberholtzer (1-4, 5.92) allowed two runs on seven hits and walk walks in five innings.
AA Hartford (23-20) won 13-10 against Akron. Sam Tidaback, who made his 2018 debut as a pinch-hitter on Friday, celebrated his first start of the season with a double, two singles and three RBI. Brendon Rogers hit a three-run home run in the seventh, and Anthony Phillips homered twice, driving in five runs. After blowing a 6-0 lead, the Yard Goats rallied, and relievers Logan Cozart (4-1) and Matt Pierpont (league-high 11 saves) retired the last nine Akron batters.
High A Lancaster (22-22) lost 12-2 at Inland Empire, slipping into a tie with Inland Empire for first-place in the Cal League South. Max George had two of Lancaster's four hits, drove in one run and scored the other. Brandon Gold (3-3, 5.59) allowed seven runs, five earned, and nine hits, including three home runs, in 4 2/3 innings.
Low A Asheville (15-25) won 14-1 at Rome. Garrett Schilling allowed one hit and one run in four innings, but was ejected along with manager Robinson Canoe after Schilling drilled Derian Cruz leading off the fifth. Justin Valdespin turned in four shutout innings of relief. Bret Stephens was 4-for-6 with two runs, two RBI and a triple.