Monday Farm Report: Lavigne Settles in Quickly in Pro Ball
Grant Lavigne is looking to become the first position player from New Hampshire to be drafted and signed out of high school, and make it to the big leagues. He is certainly making a strong first impression with the Rockies rookie-level affiliate in Grand Junction.
The Rockies compensation pick for the loss of closer Greg Holland to free agency -- and 42nd player taken overall in last month's first-year player draft -- is hitting .424 for Grand Junction, eight games into his pro career, and on Sunday hit a home run for the third consecutive game.
The Rockies showed their belief in Lavigne when they drafted him and signed him to a contract with a reported bonus of $2 million. Lavigne had committed to attend Wake Forest if he did not sign.
In Sunday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (41-41) lost 6-4 at El Paso. Jordan Patterson (.265) reached the century mark -- twice -- on Sunday. Patterson hit the 100th home run of his minor-league career and was hit by a pitch for the 100th time. Drew Weeks (.320) and Shawn O'Malley (.240) also homered. Brett Oberholtzer (4-6, 6.10) suffered the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits and a walk, striking out six in five innings. Carlos Estevez made his third appearance on his rehab assignment, allowing one hit and striking out two in 1 1/3 innings Zac Rosscup, also on a rehab assignment, retired two batters, and gave up one hit and an unearned run.
AA Hartford (40-40) lost 10-3 at Reading. Ryan Castellani (5-4, 5.58) allowed seven runs on six hits and three walks and two home runs. Shortstop Brendan Rodgers (.279) hit his 15th home run, Brandon Bednar (.328) his third, and Ryan Metzler (.263) his seventh.
High A Lancaster (7-4 2nd half; 40-41) won 1-0 at Stockton, its second shutout of Stockton in as many days. Alan Trejo (.273) provided the game's only run with a ninth-inning home run. It was his sixth home run of the season. Ty Culbreth (5.03) had a no-decision despite seven shutout innings in which he gave up eight hits and two walks, striking out three. Ben Bowden (1-1, 3.68) worked the eighth for the win, and Reid Humphreys (1.98) earned his 18th save.
Low A Asheville (6-3 2nd half; 33-45) lost 2-1 in 10 innings at Lexington. After Austin Bernard scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 10th to give Asheville a 1-0 lead, Lexington rallied with back-to-back RBI doubles in the bottom of the inning. Garrett Schilling (3.23) allowed three hits and struck out nine in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Robert Tyler (4-2, 4.31) suffered his third blown save, giving up the two runs in the 10th.
Short-season A Boise (8-9) lost 12-5 at Tri-City. Twelfth-round draft choice Kyle Datres (.400) went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in his professional debut. Nick Bush started and worked four no-hit innings, walking two and striking out three. Shelby Lackey (1-2, 2.38) suffered the loss.
Rookie Grand Junction (8-9) won 18-6 at Orem. In addition to Lavigne going 4-for-5 with a double and home run, Coco Montes (.460) was 4-for-5 with thee runs scored and three RBI, and Nico Decolati (.315) was 3-for-3. Reagan Biechler (1-0, 1.86) worked 2 1/2 shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out two, for the win. Eris Filpo (4.98) started and allowed four runs on four hits and five walks, striking out two in 3 2/3 innings.
Dominican Summer League South (10-15) was off.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (13-12) was off.