Sunday Farm Report: 707 Days Later, David Hill Back on Mound
David Hill, who underwent surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome in August of 2016, will return to the mound Sunday for the first time since June 26, 2016. Hill, who built up to 90 pitches during sessions in extended spring training, will be on a 75-pitch limit in his start for High-A Lancaster at Rancho Cucamonga.
Hill was the Rockies fourth-round draft choice out of the University of San Diego in 2015. The West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2015, Hill debuted at short-season Boise in 2015, appearing in eight games and making seven starts. He did not have a decision, but he had a 3.09 ERA, allowing one home runs in 23 1/3 innings, and had a 1.40 ERA in his final six starts.
With Low-A Asheville in 2016, Hill was 4-4 with a 4.48 ERA, but was 1-1 with a 3.19 ERA in five May starts before the medical issue surfaced.
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (29-28) lost 5-2 to Fresno. Michael Tauchman raised his PCL-leading batting average to .385, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Sam Howard (3-4, 4.68) gave up three runs, all in the first inning, on four hits and two walks, striking out one in five innings.
AA Hartford (27-29) won 11-1 against Altoona. Peter Lambert (4-2, 2.71), the Rockies second-round draft choice in 2015, pitched the first complete game in the history of the franchise, which is in its third season to play. Sam Hilliard returned to the lineup after being sidelined for nine days to have three hits, including a home run, and two RBI in helping Hartford end a seven-game losing streak. Brendan Rodgers, the top-ranked prospect in the organization, had three hits, an RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases. And Forrest Wall, who had one hit in his first 15 at-bats after being promoted from High-A Lancaster, had a home run and a triple, giving him three hits in eight at-bats the last two games.
High A Lancaster (26-30) Vince Fernandez returned from the disabled list to go 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ty Culbreth (1-3, 6.91) gave up three home runs, working six innings in which he allowed five runs on six hits and a walk, striking out six.
Low A Asheville (20-33) lost 13-5 at Greenville. Chad Spanberger hit two home runs, giving him 12 for the season and raising his average to .326. Antonio Santos (1-7, 4.21) was the victim of five unearned runs in a second inning marred by three errors. It was the 20th time the Tourists allowed four or more runs in an inning this year. Santos finished with a line of seven runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks, striking out six in 4 1/3 innings.