Thursday Farm Report: Fuentes, Tauchman Earn All-CL Honors
Josh Fuentes is making a name for himself.
The cousin of Rockies third baseman, who the Rockies signed as an undrafted player out of Missouri Baptist in June of 2014, continued his season of honors this weekend when he was selected the Rookie of the Year in the Class Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
Fuentes, a third baseman, and Isotopes outfielder Mike Tauchman were named to the All-PCL team this week, as well. Tauchman was selected for the second year in a row.
This comes on the heels of Fuentes being voted the best defensive player on the Isotopes by his teammates earlier this week. He also was the MVP of the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Fuentes is leading the PCL in hits (169), games (130), at-bats (531), total bases (268), and extra-base hits (59), and is second the league in RBI (92), doubles (33), triples (12) and runs scored (87). He also has a .964 fielding percentage, having committed only 10 errors.
Tauchman ranks fifth in the league with a .319 average, one point ahead of Fuentes, and his third in slugging percentage (.561) and fourth in on-base percentage (.403).
In Wednesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (61-74) lost 2-1 to Sacramento for the second night in a row. Jordan Patterson (.274) was 2-for-3, hit by a pitch for the 21st time, and hit his 26th home run, equaling his career-high set last year. David Holmberg (7-8, 5.21) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings for the loss.
AA Hartford (61-71) beat Binghamton 6-2, snapping a five-game losing streak, and surpassing the 400,000 mark in attendance. With a home game remaining on Thursday the Yard Goats had drawn 402,902, the first team in Connecticut history to reach 400,000, Drew Weeks (.211) keyed the offense with a three-run, pinch-hit home run. Jesus Tinoco (8-12, 4.90) earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five, in six innings.
High A Lancaster (36-29 2nd half; 69-66) lost 9-0 against Rancho Cucamonga. Starter Brandon Gold (9-9, 5.44) suffered the loss, although he allowed only two runs on six hits and four walks, striking out four, in six innings. Colton Welker was 2-for-4 with a double, raising his California League-leading average to .333
Low A Asheville (34-29 2nd half; 61-71) won 6-3 at Kannapolis, pulling within three games in the South Atlantic League Southern Division with five games to play, Sean Bouchard (.264) hit his 14th home run with a man on base, giving Asheville a 4-2 lead in the third. Casey Golden (.285) hit his 33rd home run. Garrett Schilling (8-5 3.75) was credited with the victory, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.
Short-Season A Boise (12-21 2nd half; 33-38) won 4-3 in 10 innings against Hillsboro. Trey Jacobs (.258) delivered a walk-off double in the 10th, leaving Boise three games back of Eugene for a final playoff spot. Luke Morgan (.317) hit a two-run home run in the fourth. Jefry Valdez (3-1, 6.19) pitched two shutout innings, giving up a single, and striking out five of the seven batters he faced. Justin Valdespina (2.93) started and allowed three runs on five hits, striking out two in five innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (18-13, 2nd half; 38-31) lost 8-7 at Orem. Coco Montes (.343) was 5-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Michael Agis (6-5, 3.35) gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth, blowing the save and suffering the loss.
Dominican Summer League Northeast lost back-to-back games in the best-of-three playoffs against Rangers1. Playing a doubleheader after Tuesday's game was rained out, the Rockies lost 2-1 in the first game, closer Raymells Rosa giving up an unearned run after entering the tie game to start the eighth. In the second game, the Rangers1 won 4-1, reliever Kleiver Osorio giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.