Wednesday Farm Report: No. 1 Rolison Makes Pro Debut in Grand Junction Win

Rockies first-rounder Ryan Rolison, the 22nd player taken over all in last month's first-year player draft, made his professional debut Tuesday night in Rookie Grand Junction's 9-4 victory at Billings.

Rolison retired six of the seven batters he faced, giving up a home run to Reds prospect Pabel Manzanero to open the second. Manzanero, 22, is in his sixth year of pro ball -- the first three in the Dominican Summer League -- and second season at Billings.

Rolison threw 28 pitches, 21 for strikes, and struck out two batters.

The Rockies will limit Rolison's work this summer. He threw 97 1/3 innings for the University of Mississippi in the spring, going 10-4 with 120 strikeouts in 17 appearances, 16 starts. Rolison is the seveth left-handed pitcher the Rockies have selected in the first-round in the 27 first-year player drafts they have been involved in, the third in the last eight years.

From the Left Side

Year Pitcher Pick School
2018 Ryan Rolison 22nd overall U of Mississippi
2014 Kyle Freeland 8th overall U of Evansville
2011 Tyler Anderson 20th overall U of Oregon
2009 Tyler Matzek 11th overall Capistrano Valley HS
2008 Christian Friedrich 25th overall Eastern Kentucky U
2002 Jeff Francis 9th overall U of British Columbia
1994 Doug Million 7th overall Sarasota HS

In Tuesday's Games

Class AAA Albuquerque (44-45) off for Triple-A All-Star Game. 

Class AA Hartford (43-44) off for Eastern League All-Star Game. 

High A Lancaster (11-9 2nd half; 44-46) lost 6-1 at Rancho Cucamonga, which has won 15 in a row. Brandon Gold (6-6, 5.86) gave up all four runs in his five-inning effort in the first inning. He allowed 10 hits and struck out four. Colton Welker (.318) extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Low A Asheville (39-48) was off. 

Short-season A Boise (14-11)  was off.

Rookie Grand Junction (12-13) won 9-4 at Billings. While Rolison was making his debut, Grant Lavigne (.424) added another page to his impressive first-year resume, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Lavigne extended his hitting streak to 10 games in which he is hitting .475 with four home runs, nine runs scored and 21 of his 23 RBI. Jacob Bird (1-0, 1.93) allowed one run in two innings, striking out two and earning the victory. 

Dominican Summer League South (13-19) & Dominican Summer League Northeast (17-15) were both rained out.