Tuesday Farm Report: There's More to Fuentes Than His Bat
Maybe it is something in the family genes.
Whatever it is, Josh Fuentes, cousin of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, is maintaining the family image of being an impact third baseman with the Rockies Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate.
While Arenado was a second-round pick out of high school, Fuentes did not create any interest from scouts, and wound up at Missouri Baptist. When he graduated, he again was passed over in the draft but the Rockies signed him as a non-drafted free agent.
After two ordinary seasons in his first two years in the minors, Fuentes began to get attention in 2016 when he split the season between Low-A Asheville (.398 in 28 games) and High-A Modesto (.278 in 77 games).
He made a statement a year ago, however, finishing third in the Eastern League with a .307 average, and being selected to the Eastern League post-season All-Star team. He was the Eastern League Player of the Month in August a year ago.
He hasn't slowed down at Triple-A Albuquerque this year. And it's not just his offense, which is solid, that is getting attention. His teammates voted him the Isotopes defensive player of the year.
"With quick reaction times, a dazzling glove and a strong arm, Josh Fuentes was as solid as they come defensively for the Isotopes," the team's news release announcing season awards read.
Fuentes leads PCL third baseman with a .964 fielding percentage, having committed just 10 errors. And he has continued to hit. He leads the Isotopes with 91 RBI while hitting .321 with 14 home runs.
In other team awards for the Isotopes:
--Outfielder Mike Tauchman was voted Fan Favorite by the fans, and team MVP by his teammates. Tauchman won the MVP award for the second year in a row.
-- Reliever DJ Johnson was selected by the front office for the Jennifer Riordan Community-Minded Player Award for his efforts off the field, including apperances at hospitals, schools, libraries and other special events.
-- Infielder Shawn O'Malley, the Mr. Hustle Award, selected by the players.
--Jordan Patterson, who has a team-high 25 home runs and set the Isotopes career home run record this year, was voted by his teammates Power Hitter of the Year.
--Jerry Vasto, who has a 3.00 ERA in 36 games out of the bullpen, was voted by his teammates Pitcher of the Year.
In Monday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (61-72) won 9-8 against Reno, closing out its home season by rally for four runs n the bottom of the eighth, including back-to-back home runs by Jordan Patterson (,272, 25 home runs) and Noel Cuevas (.336, five home runs). Reno had scored six runs in the top of the eighth to go up 7-5. Brooks Pounders (2-3, 3.64), who faced two batters, walking one and striking out the other to end the top of the eighth, was credited with the victory. Harrison Musgrave (5.74) was charged with six runs while retiring two batters in the top of the eighth. Sam Howard (5.20) started and allowed one run on six hits and three walks, striking out six, in six innings. DJ Johnson (4.05) earned his 17th save.
AA Hartford (60-70) lost 12-2 against Binghamton. Frank Duncan (2-4, 5.37) allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and two walks, striking out three, in 5 1/3 innings. Drew Weeks (.209) hit his second home run of the season with a man aboard in the eighth.
High A Lancaster (34-28 2nd half; 68-65) won 6-3 against Lake Elsinore. Alan Trejo (.287) was 3-for-4 with a double and his 10th home run, driving in four runs. Antonio Santos (4-2, 5.58) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out seven, in 6 2/3 innings. Justin Lawrence (2.75) earned his 11th save.
Low A Asheville (32-28 2nd half; 60-70) won 11-9 in 11 innings at Kannapolis. Hayden Roberts (2-0, 1.64) pitched the final two innings, charged with two unearned runs despite giving up neither a hit nor walk, was credited with the victory. Will Gaddis (5.07) started and gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out three, in 4 2/3 innings. Casey Golden (.279) was 3-for-6 with two runs scored, a double, his 32nd home run, and three RBI.
Short-Season A Boise (11-21 2nd half; 32-38) won 2-0 at Vancouver. Daniel Jipping (.293) was 3-for-4 and accounted for both runs, hitting his 10th home run in the sixth, and scoring on an Aubrey McCarty (.216) sacrifice fly in the ninth. Alec Bird (3-3, 3.00) pitched five shutout innings, giving up two hits and three walks, striking out three. Jefry Valdez (6.60) worked the final inning, giving up one hit, for his third save.
Rookie Grand Junction (17-12 2nd half; 37-30) lost 8-5 to Idaho Falls, falling into a tie with Ogden for first place in the South Division second half. Michael Agis (6-4, 2.92) gave up two runs on five hits, striking out three, in 2 1/3 innings. Niko Decolati (.319) hit his 11th home run. Cayden Hatcher (6.43) started and gave up five runs on four hits and a walk, striking out one, in one inning of work.