Monday Farm Report: Vilade Rebounded From Early Season Challenges

Ryan Vilade faced a major challenge in the opening weeks of the 2018 season. In his first full season in pro ball, he struggled to hit -- something he wasn't used to. The statement about Vilade has come in July. He has become a key factor in Low-A Asheville having regrouped from it's struggles in the first half of the South Atlantic League season.

Vilade, the 48th player taken overall, and highest player drafted by the Rockies in 2017, was still hitting .236 the morning of July 1. Since then, however, he has moved into the leadoff spot in the Rockies lineup, and has hit .393, raising his season average from .236 to .264.

Vilade discusses those season-opening challenges, being the son of a college baseball coach, and growing up in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, where he remembers watching and marveling at current Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, in a Question and Answer session featured on the website of the Tourists.

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In Sunday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (49-52) lost 10-4 to Fresno. Brett Oberholtzer (4-9, 6.60) allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out four, in four innings. Ryan McMahon (.284) was 3-for-5 with a run scored, RBI and double.

AA Hartford (48-49) was rained out at Portland.

High A Lancaster (17-14 2nd half, 50-51) lost 9-4 at Visalia. Ty Culbreth (5-4, 5.51) allowed six runs on six hits and a walk, seven strikeouts, in 5 1/3 innings. Vince Fernandez (.283) was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Low A Asheville (15-12 2nd half; 42-54) was rained out against Greenville.

Short-Season A Boise (20-17) lost 5-1 against Everett. Javier Medina (0-2, 6.00) allowed two runs on five hits, striking out one, in 3 2/3 innings. Willie MacIver (.279) delivered a sacrifice fly to score Cole Anderson (.273), who led off the game with a double. 

Rookie Grand Junction (19-17) won 10-3 against Great Falls, it's seventh consecutive home victory. Regis High alum Reagan Todd (1-0, 5.93), the Rockies' 32nd round draft choice out of Mesa State, worked two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief of Ryan Feltner (2.08), who allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out six in 3 2/3 innings. Grant Lavigne (.363) was 3-for-4 with a run scored, double and two RBI. Reese Berberet (.165) keyed a four-run sixth inning with a three-run home run, and Zach Hall (.220) was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two home runs, a double and two RBI.

Dominican Summer League South (16-25) and Northeast (24-15) were off.

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