Sunday Minor League Report: Vilade Making Presence Felt at Asheville
Ryan Vilade, the Rockies highest draft pick of a year ago, has started to make the adjustment to full-season pro ball. A second round pick out of high school in Stillwater, Okla., Vilade is hitting a season-high .252 at Low-A Asheville, having raised his average 16 points since July 2.
Vilade, moved into the leadoff role for the Tourists, is 16-for-48 since July 2 with four home runs, nine runs scored and eight RBI in 12 games. Vilade, 19, broke in at Rookie Grand Junction a year ago and hit .308 with five home runs abd 21 RBI in 33 games, 30 starts.
The Gatorade Player of the Year for Oklahoma his senior year at Stillwater High School, Vilade's father James is an assistant baseball coach at Oklahoma State.
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (44-48) lost 2-1 at Las Vegas in a game called after six innings because of rain, extending its losing streak to six games. Justin Hampson (.304) tripled and scored the Isotopes only run on an ensuing ground out by Ryan McMahon (.256) in the top of the sixth. Shane Broyles (3-2, 5.32) allowed two runs on four hits and four walks, striking out two, in 1 1/3 innings, for the loss. Scott McGough (6.75) given the start with the promotions of Jon Gray and Sam Howard to the Rockies, worked three shutout innings, giving up five hits and walking two.
AA Hartford (44-46) won 3-2 in 10 innings at Harrisburg. Roberto Ramos (.274) delivered a two-run home run in the top of the 10th, his eighth in 19 games since being promoted from High-A Lancaster. Scott Griggs (3-0, 3.00) earned the win in relief and Matt Pierpont (2.03) earned his 25th save. Ryan Castellani (5.20) allowed one run on four hits and five walks, striking out five, in six innings.
High A Lancaster (13-11 2nd half; 46-48) lost 11-4 against Lake Elsinore. Alan Trejo (.275) hit a two-run home run in the third, and Tyler Nevin (.303) led off the fourth with a home run. Matt Dennis (6-10, 5.70) allowed eight runs on 12 hits and two walks, striking out one, in 5 1/3 innings.
Low A Asheville (12-9 2nd half; 39-51) won 8-7 at Greensboro. Chad Spanberger (.323) provided the win with a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth. Hayden Roberts (1-0, 1.69) allowed one run in two innings with a walk and two strikeouts in his fourth appearance since being promoted from Short-Season A Boise. Robert Tyler (3.82) struck out two of three batters in the ninth for his seventh save. Garrett Schilling (3.55) started and allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out two, in five innings.
Short-season A Boise (16-13) lost 9-8 at Vancouver. Keinter Olivares (1-2, 4.30) suffered the loss, allowing three runs in three innings. Jeffri Ocando (6.64) started and gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out one, in three innings. Matt Hearn (.392) was 5-for-6 with two runs scored out of the lead-off spot. Danny Edgeworth (.308) drove in two runs, raising his team-high RBI total to 22.
Rookie Grand Junction (13-16) lost 4-0 at Great Falls. Grant Lavigne (.397) was 2-for-4, and Coco Montes (.417) was 2-for-3 with a walk. Alejandro Mejia (1-3, 7.33) allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk, striking out one, in six innings.
Dominican Summer League South (14-22) and Dominican Summer League Northeast (20-15) were off.