Friday Farm Report: Fuentes Adds Another Chapter to Impact Season
Another day, another accomplishment for the quickly emerging Josh Fuentes, the undrafted player out of Missouri Baptist, who in the last two years has played his way into a legitimate prospect.
Fuentes latest accomplishment came in Triple-A Albuquerque's 10-8 victory at Sacramento on Thursday night. Fuentes (.319) went 2-for-5, giving him two hits and setting single-season record with 171 hits, two more than Jamie Hoffman collected in 2010.
It's been a whirlwind two years for Fuentes, who is creating his own identity, beyond being the cousin of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. And now much he has perked the interest of the Rockies decision-makers is as apparent as the fact Fuentes started his 19th game at first base on Thursday night. Yes, he leads the Pacific Coast League in fielding at third base, but the Rockies like versatility in players.
With the hope of club officials they will be able to sign Arenado beyond next season, after which he becomes free-agent eligible, it makes sense to at least check out other options for solid prospects. While Fuentes played first base on occassional in his first two years in the Rockies system, he made only start at third base in the 2016-17 seasons.
After back-to-back seasons of hitting .307 at the Class A (2016) and Class AA (2017) levels, Fuentes heads into the final weekend of the Triple-A season hitting .319 with 59 extra-base hits -- 33 doubles, 12 triples and 14 home runs -- and 93 RBI.
In Thursday's Game
AAA Albuquerque (62-74) rallied to pull out a 10-8 victory at Rancho Cucamonga. Jeff Hoffman (4.94) retired 10 of 12 batters in the first four innings, but was charged with five runs without retiring a batter in the fifth. Yency Almonte (3-5, 5.36) was credited with the victory despite a blown save and three runs scoring in his one inning of work. DJ Johnson (3.98) earned his 18th save. Mike Tauchman (.323) had three hits and two RBI, including the go-ahead single in the eighth. Raimel Tapia (.303) was 3-for-5 with three RBI.
AA Hartford (62-71) won 1-90 at Binghamton, scoring an unearned run in the eighth inning. The Yard Goats closed out the home season with their 47th sellout of the season, lifting the final total attendance to 408,942. Drew Wells led off the eighth with a single, taking second on an error by Binghamton shortstop Andrew Elly, continuing to third base on the error, and scoring when second baseman Andres Gimenenz made an errant throw to third. Logan Cozart (8-6, 2.27) pitched a scoreless top of the eighth for the victory, and Matt Pierpoint (2.03) added to his franchise record with his 30th save. Rico Garcia (2.28) pitched five shutout innings, allowing three hits and a walk, striking out three.
High A Lancaster (37-29 2nd half; 70-66) won 11-7 against Rancho Cucamonga. Ty Culbreth (6-8, 5.87) earned the victory, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks, striking out four, in seven innings. Brett Boswell (.346) was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and his 10th home run since being promoted from Asheville. Tyler Nevin (.327) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and a double. Colton Welker (.333) was 2-for-5 with his 13th home run, two runs scored and two runs driven in.
Low A Asheville (35-29 2nd half, 62-71) won 5-4 in 10 innings at Kannapolis. Sean Bouchard scored the winning run on a wile pitch. Hayden Roberts (3-0, 1.50) worked two shutout innings for the win, and Tommy Doyle pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th, striking out one, for his 17th save. Frederis Parra (4.73) started and allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out two, in 4 1/3 innings.
Short-season A Boise (12-22 2nd half, 33-39) lost 5-2 against Hillsboro. Jeff Ocando (1-5, 6.23) was the victim of two errors in the fourth, leading to all three runs he allowed in six innings, during which he gave up nine hits and struck out three.
Rookie Grand Junction (19-13 2nd half, 39-31) won 9-2 to Orem. Will Golsan (.320) was 2-for-5 with four RBI, including three on a fourth inning home run that gave the Rockies a 5-0 lead. Trent Fennell (1-2, 4.24) started and gave up four hits, striking out eight, in five shutout innings.