Friday Farm Report: Mundell Continues to Show Versatility in Field
At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Brian Mundell was primarily a DH, catching and playing first base on occasion. The Rockies, however, felt he had the athletic ability to do more than DH. They selected him in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, the first non-pitcher they drafted that year.
He hasn't disappointed. Mundell set a modern-day minor league record with 59 doubles at Low-A Asheville in 2016, and last year hit .300 between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Hartford. And this year, he continues to hit, and on Thursday made his debut in left field. He also has become a major clubhouse force at each level he has played.
Mundell's athleticism was a factor in the move to the oufield in light of Roberto Ramos' recent promotion from High-A Lancaster to Hartford. Ramos is a first baseman with power. He has 22 home runs so far this season -- 17 at Lancaster and five at Hartford.
In Thursday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (40-39) won 3-1 at Sacramento. Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 2.15) pitched 7 2.3 shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk, striking out four, and went 2-for-3 with an RBI, raising his batting average to .375. Carlos Estevez (8.44) earned a save despite allowing a run. Garrett Hampson (.321) was 3-for-4 with his third home run and two RBI.
AA Hartford (39-38) Peter Lambert (8-2, 2.23) allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out nine in seven innings. Matt Pierpont (1.83) earned his 21st save. Sam Hilliard (.289) hit his sixth home run, a two-run shot, in the fourth. Ramos (.381) hit his fifth home run in the 6th.
High A Lancaster (5-3 2nd half; 38-40) Matt Dennis (5-8, 5.19) improved his road record to 5-1, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, striking out six in six innings. Brett Stephens (.167) tripled home two runs and scored a third on a single by Manny Melendez (.301) in the fifth. Brian Serven (.255) ran his hitting streak to 14 games with a single. Reid Humphreys earned his 17th save with two innings of work.
Low A Asheville (4-2 2nd half; 31-44) split a doubleheader at Columbia, winning 5-3 in Game 1 and losing 4-2 in Game 2. Robert Tyler (4-1, 3.48) allowed one run in two innings of relief, blowing a save but gaining the victory in Game 1. Starting pitcher Will Gaddis (5.35) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings. Casey Golden (.277) was 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI, and Ramon Marcelino (.247) was 2-for-4 with his 13th home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Golden and Marcelino were both 1-3 in the nightcap. Antonio Santos (1-10, 4.48) allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits, striking out five in five innings of Game 2.
Short-Season A Boise (7-7) lost 6-5 at Hillsboro. Luke Morgan (.286) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and had a two-run triple in a four-run fourth that tied the game at 5-5. P.J. Poulin (0-1, 0.00) suffered the loss, giving up an unearned run in the eighth. Jeffri Ocando (5.14) started and allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits and a walk, striking out three in five innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (6-8) lost 10-6 at Idaho Falls. Todd Czinege (.383) had three hits, including a double. Reese Berberet (.263) had a two-run home run in the eighth, his fourth home run of the season, and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Javier Guevara (.316) hit his second home run. Coco Montes (.436) extended his hitting streak to 10 games with two hits. Alejandro Mejia (0-2, 12.08) allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and four walks, striking out three in 4 2/3 innings.
Dominican Summer League South (9-13) was off..
Dominican Summer League Northeast (12-11) won 8-6 vs. the Giants. Junior Franco (1-0, 6.35) allowed one run in one inning, but was credited with the victory when the Rockies scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Raymells Rosa (3.65) earned his fourth save. Wuardo Fernandez (4.76) started and allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits and three walks, striking out five. Catcher Bryant Quijada (.267) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in both the fourth and eighth innings.