Friday Farm Report: Wall Takes Next Step Toward Coors Field
When the Rockies selected Forrest Wall 35th overall in the 2014 draft he became the highest drafted second baseman since Major League Baseball combined the annual selection process, which put previously drafted players and junior college players into the primary draft.
He remains a prime prospect, ranked 18th in the system during the off-season, and earlier this week was promoted from High-A Lancaster to Double-A Hartford.
He had been sent back to Lancaster to start the season after being limited to 22 games with the Jet Hawks a year ago because in his transition to center field he suffered a separated left shoulder in a diving attempt to make a catch and did not play after late May. Wall underwent surgery on his right labrum his senior year in high school.
Wall hit .305 for the Jet Hawks, prompting his move to Hartford, where he is 1-for-15 in his first four games.
To replace Wall on the Lancaster roster, the Rockies promoted Steven Linkous from Low-A Asheville. Linkous was a 22nd-round selection in 2014 out of North Carolina-Wilmington, the alma mater of Rockies third base coach Stu Cole, and special assistant to the general manager Danny Montgomery. Linkous, who hit .296 at Asheville to open the season, broke in at Lancaster by going 5-for-13 in his first three games.
In Thursday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (29-26) won 5-4 against Fresno. Stephen Cardullo and Mike Tauchman had back-to-back home runs in the eighth, putting the final touches on a 19-11 May, which equaled the second most wins in a month in franchise history. Keith Hessler (2-1, 7.81) earned the victory in relief of Antonio Senzatella, who had another strong start in his bid to be ready if a big-league need arises. Senzatella allowed one run on five hits and two walks, striking out nine in six innings. He is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts for the Isotopes.
AA Hartford (26-28) lost 12-2 to Harrisburg, which swept the three game series, leaving Hartford with a six-game losing streak. Ryan Castellani (3-3, 5.23) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks in three innings. Brian Mundell ended 5 2/3 no-hit innings against the Yard Goats with a two-run double in the sixth.
High A Lancaster (26-28) won 5-4 against Inland Empire, pulling to within a game of first-place Inland Empire in the Cal League Southern Division with 16 games remaining in the first half. The two teams have a four-game series at Inland Empire June 11-14. Alan Trejo scored the game-winning run on a ninth-inning wild pitch. Alex Guillen worked two shutout innings in relief for the win. The game-winning run scored when Trejo led off the ninth with a walk, Colton Walker singled, and Roberto Ramos was hit by a pitch. Willie Abreu extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run double in the first.
Low A Asheville (20-31) won 4-1 at Rome. The Tourists rallied for three runs with two out in the top of the top of the ninth thanks to a series of Rome miscues. Austin Bernard began the two-out rally when he reached on a catcher's interference call. Brett Stephens was hit by a pitch. after Brett Boswell walked, Matt McLaughlin hit a fly ball to center field that Rome outfielder Isranel Wilson dropped for a three-run error.