Friday Farm Report: Injuries Create Roster Juggling at Albuquerque
Zach Wilson, the Rockies senior director of player development, is busy trying to plug holes in the infield at Triple-A Albuquerque in light of recent big-league promotions and injuries.
Consider Jeff Moberg, who made his debut at Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday by going 1-for-4 with a two-run single. The middle infielder was a 30th-round draft choice out of the University of Tennessee last June, who hit .199 with Grand Junction, the Rockies rookie level affiliate. He was in extended spring training when he got the call to join Albuquerque.
He was the latest roster move for the Isotopes, who have a disabled list that in an eight-day period expanded with the additions of middle infielders Shawn O'Malley on May 11, and Derrick Gibson on May 15, and first baseman Jordan Patterson on May 19. In addition, Pat Valaika, who had been with the Isotopes for six days, was recalled by the Rockies on May 14 when Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu was disabled.
The move with Moberg came eight days after the Rockies promoted prime prospect Garrett Hampson from Double-A Hartford.
In Thursday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (25-23) lost 16-11 to Salt Lake City. Yency Almonte (1-2, 6.61) retired only two batters in the first inning, giving up four runs. Ryan McMahon singled, doubled and tripled, raising his average to .267. McMahon, who began the season in the big leagues, is 13-for-39 with 10 RBI in the last 10 games, but also has struck out 15 times.
AA Hartford (25-21) lost 12-3 at Portland, ending its nine-game winning streak against Portland. Chris Jensen (0-1) failed to retire a batter in the third inning, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks. Portland scored eight runs in the third inning, sending 14 players to the plate, who combined for eight hits and four walks.
High A Lancaster (23-24) won 10-7 in 11 innings at Lake Elsinore in a game that saw each team commit four errors. Lake Elsinore had three in the 11th inning, allowing Lancaster to score three times, including the go-ahead run when Lake Elsinore pitcher Austin Smith threw wildly on a sacrifice bunt. Reid Humphreys earned his league-leading 11th save, retiring all three batters in the bottom of the 11th. Manny Melendez had four hits and three RBI, and Roberto Ramos raised his average to .311 with three hits, including a double.
Low A Asheville (18-26) won 4-2 against Greenville. Ryan Vilade, the Rockies highest draft pick of a year ago, delivered an RBI single in the second, and a go-ahead, two-run home run in the sixth. Braxton Lorenzini, a product of Eaglecrest High School who signed with the Rockies at the end of spring training, relieved starter Nick Kennedy with two out and the bases loaded in the sixth.Lorenzini struck out the only batter he faced, and was credited with the win. Nate Harris earned his second save.