Pint, Tyler Battle Shoulder Fatigue
Right-handed pitchers Riley Pint and Robert Tyler, the Rockies top two selections in the 2016 first-year player draft, remain on the disabled list at Class A Asheville with what is described as shoulder weakness.
Pint, whose control issues have been a concern since he came out of high school and was the fourth player taken overall in the 2016 draft, retired one batter in his only start of the season at Asheville, and was placed on the disabled list the next day. He was charged with five runs, three earned.
Tyler, who was limited to five starts and seven innings at short-season Boise in 2016 and missed all for the 2017 season, opened the season in the Asheville bullpen and put together an impressive line before being placed on the disabled list after working an inning on April 28.
Tyler made nine appearances, pitching 13 2/3 innings in which he allowed six hits, three runs and two walks striking out 16. He is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA.
In Wednesday’s Minor League Games
AAA Albuquerque (12-15) won 12-3 at Tacoma, following up a one-hit effort by the pitching staff on Tuesday with a 20-hit performance by the offense on Wednesday. Mike Tauchman, hitting .400 in 10 games since being sent down by the Rockies, was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI. Jordan Patterson was 4-for-4 with three runs scored. David Homberg (1-2, 9.00) allowed one run in five innings.
AA Hartford (13-12) won 3-2 at Harrisburg. Matt Pierpoint, who leads the Eastern League with seven saves, earned the victory in this game, working the final two innings. The Yard Goats won the game in the ninth when Sam Hilliard doubled, took second on a sacrifice bunt from Mylz Jones and sacrifice fly by Bobby Wernes. Peter Lambert had a no-decision despite allowing two hits and two runs in seven innings.
High A Lancaster (14-13) won 16-6 at Stockton. The Jet Hawks led 5-4 into the eighth and then blew the game open. Colton Welker was 2-for-6 with a double and three RBI. Matt Dennis (2-4) was credited with the win after allowing four runs in five innings.
A Asheville (8-16) lost 4-0 at Charleston. The Tourists committed more errors (three) than they had hits (two). The only hits were a first-inning single from Shael Mendoza, and second-inning double from Ryan Vilade. Nick Kennedy (0-3, 8.38) gave up four runs on eight hits, striking out five in five innings, and was credited with the victory.