Thursday Farm Report: Position Became Concern With Wall
Forrest Wall, taken by the Rockies out of high school with the 35th selection in the 2014 draft, has elite speed, but in his fifth pro season the concerns were growing about his long-range potential, which led to him being included as one of three players in the package that brought reliever Seung-Hwan Oh from the Blue Jays to the Rockies on Thursday.
Wall had slipped in the Baseball America prospect rankings in each of his four years on the list, and was struggling at Double-A when at mid-season he was promoted above the Class A level for the first time in his five pro seasons.
Wall had gone from being ranked by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the Rockies system in 2015 to No. 11 in 2016 to No. 15 in 2017, and to No. 18 this season.
A second baseman in high school, his throwing ability was damaged when he underwent labrum surgery in high school. The Rockies moved him to center field a year ago, but his season was cut short when he separated his left shoulder attempting to make a diving catch. Prior to the trade, he hit .206 in 46 games after being promoted to Double-A Hartford in June, striking out 42 times in 170 at-bats.
In Wednesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (49-54) lost 5-0 at Oklahoma City. David Dahl (.277) and Elliott Soto (.301) each had two of the Isotopes six hits. David Holman (4-4, 5.12) allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out two.
AA Hartford (49-51) lost 9-0 at Trenton, finishing a six-game road trip in which it went 2-4, and was shutout in all four losses. Ryan Castellani (5-7, 6.05) allowed eight runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out three, in 4 2/3 innings, and suffered the loss.
High A Lancaster (20-14 2nd half; 53-51) won 17-11 at Lake Elsinore, taking a two-game lead in the second-half standings. DH Luis Castro (.579), who hit .349 with five home runs at short-season A Boise, was 4-for-5 with three RBI and his second home run since joining Lancaster. He is 11-for-19 in five games since his promotion. Catcher Brian Serven (.281) was 3-for-4 with four runs scored, three RBI and his 10th home run. Bryan Baker (4-2, 4.20) earned the win despite allowing thee unearned runs in one inning.
Low A Asheville (15-15 2nd half; 42-57) was swept in a doubleheader by Lexington, losing 5-1 in Game 1 and 2-1 in Game 2. Taylor Snyder homered in the first game, and Sean Bouchard in the second game. Will Gaddis (4-5, 5.68) lost Game 1, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five in 3 1/3 innings. Tommy Doyle (6-5, 2.93) suffered the loss in relief in Game 2. Erik Julio (4.27) started Game 2, and allowed one unearned run in five innings, giving up four hits, and striking out three.
Short-season A Boise (1-1 2nd half; 22-18) lost 5-4 in 10 innings at Hillsboro. Jefry Valdez (1-1, 8.00) suffered the loss in relief of Alec Byrd (3.86), who allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. Cole Anderson (.213) was 4-for-5, including his third home run.
Rookie Grand Junction (1-0 2nd half; 21-18) won 4-0 at Ogden. Eric Filpo (3-3, 6.94) allowed five hits and struck out two in five shutout innings. Reese Berberert (.175) hit his sixth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fourth.
Dominican Summer League South (18-26) lost 3-1 to Mets 1. Catcher Jose Cordova (.262) had three of the Rockies five hits. Anderson Amarista (4-5, 3.64) gave two unearned runs in the ninth inning to suffer the loss. He worked 8 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and those two runs in the ninth, and striking out seven.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (27-16) won 6-3 against Kansas City 2. Juan Toribio (2-1, 3.96) allowed one run on four hits and a walk, striking out five in six innings. Ramells Rosa (2.25) earned his 11th save, giving up one run in 1 2/3 innings. Left fielder Vladimir Dilone (.298) hit his second home run in the third,