Saturday Farm Report: Fuentes Adding to the Family Impact on Rockies
Albuquerque third baseman Josh Fuentes is the cousin of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, and the under-the-radar Fuentes is starting to make people take notice.
Signed as an undrafted player out of Missouri Baptist in 2014, Fuentes became the first player in minor league baseball this season to reach double figures in doubles, triples and home runs in the Isotopes 9-1 victory at Colorado Springs on Friday night. That gave him 10 home runs, 19 triples and with the two doubles he raised his season total to 23.
Fuentes had two doubles, and hit his 10th home run with two on in the ninth inning. He raised his average to .321. Fuentes had his breakout season a year ago at Double-A Hartford when he finished tied for second in the Double-A Eastern League with a .307 average last year, and third with a .517 slugging percentage and .869 OPS.
In Friday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (50-55) won 9-1 at Colorado Springs. Ryan McMahon (.286), the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Rockies system, hit his 11th home run, with a man on base, with two out in the first. He also had a single, and raised his July average to .333 with eight doubles, two triples, six home runs and 24 RBI. David Holmberg (5-5, 5.06) allowed three hits and a walk, striking out seven, in five scoreless innings.
AA Hartford (49-53) lost 3-1 against New Hampshire. Rico Garcia (3-1, 3.00) gave up three solo home runs, including Bo Bichette's eighth home run of the season and the 14th hit by Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. Garcia allowed only three other hits, walked two and struck out seven in six innings. The Yard Goats managed only five singles.
High A Lancaster (21-15 2nd half; 54-52) lost 11-9 against Visalia. Vince Fernandez (.288) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, a double, and his 17th home run, which produced two of the six runs in the fourth. Ty Culbreth (5-5, 6.41) allowed all 11 runs on 13 hits and a walk, striking out three, in four innings. Wes Rogers (.288) also had a two-run home run in the fourth, and finished with three RBI as the Jet Hawks came up short in rallying from an 11-0, third-inning deficit.
Low A Asheville (15-17 2nd half; 42-59) lost 7-2 at West Virginia, extending its losing streak to six games. Ryan Vilade (.267) singled home a run in the fifth, the Tourists only hit in 25 at-bats with a runner in scoring position in the last four games. Bret Boswell (.294) was 2-for-3, scored both runs, including stealing home on the front end of a first-inning double steal. Garrett Schilling (4-4, 3.62) allowed five runs, two earned, on 12 hits and two walks, striking out two in five innings.
Short-Season A Boise (1-3 2nd half; 22-20) lost 9-6 against Tri-City. Justin Valdespina (1-1, 2.40) gave up six runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks, striking out five, in three innings. Matt Hearn (.378) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (2-1 2nd half; 22-19) won 6-4 at Ogden. Reese Berberet (.183) hit a two-run home run in the fourth, his seventh home run of the season. Grant Lavigne (.373) was 3-for-4 with a run scored and his sixth stolen base. Jacob Bird (4-0, 1.54) pitched two shutout innings in relief, walking one and striking out one, to earn the victory. Alexander Martinez (3.12) earned his 10th save. Alejandro Mejia (6.50) started and allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits and five walks, striking out two, in four innings.
Dominican Summer League South (18-28) lost 5-4 against the Twins. Manual Tovar (0-1, 11.57) allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks in two innings.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (30-16) swept a doubleheader, 12-9 and 3-2 at the Tigers2. The Rockies pulled out the first game thanks to a six-run eighth inning. Francisco Ortiz (.208) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Luis Amoroso (2-2, 6.64) allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits in 3 1/3 innings to earn the victory. Wuardo Fernandez (6.35) started and gave up four runs on six hits and three walks, striking out two, in 3 2/3 innings. In the seven-inning second game, Ronaiker Palma (.362) was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, run scored and his seventh stolen base. Carlos Gonzalez (4-2, 2.79) allowed two runs on five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven, in a seven-inning complete game.