Minors & Lefty Starters 4/10!

Christian Friedrich allowed 2 hits over 7 1/3 innings against ina 2-0 win at Reno on Tuesday night.  He also stuck out 4 batters while only walking 1.  After two head scatching seasons, it seems the former #1 draft pick might just be figuring things out.  Edmer Escalona got his second save of the season, and should be the logical backup to Rafael Betancourt at Coors Field.  The Sky Sox offense was limited to two home runs by Chad Tracy and Wil Nieves (however both these guys are still well below the Mendoza line).

Most Rockies fans however had their eyes on the AA Tulsa game where the Drillers beat Corpus Cristi 6-3.  Here Drew Pomeranz was making his final tuneup for his next expected start with the Rockies, and he did not disppoint with 4 scoreless innings, 4 hits, no runs, 4 strikeouts, and just 1 walk.  Joey Williamson however got the win to improve his record on the season to 2-0.

And for the third lefty starter of the evening, Tyler Matzek continues to impress dispite his record falling to just 0-2, as the Modesto Nuts lost to Visalia in a low scoring contest 1-3.  Matzek’s line for the evening was 5 innings and 4 hits with 2 earned runs, but get this he also had 8 strike outs allowing only (for him anyway) 3 walks.  Although there was little offense, Chris Dickerson hit for a 1/2 cycle with both a double and a triple.  Even with the poor record Matzek’s ERA now stands at 1.86 for the season, and a huge improvement over where he was at this point in Modesto last season.

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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Orange, you beat me to the punch with this report. Good work.

Just as an add-on:
Brandon Wood went 1-4 and is hitting .333 at CS. Someone to keep an eye on if 3rd base continues to be a black hole.

Tulsa
Arenado went 1-5 and is hitting .440
Ben Paulsen went 2-5 with a HR & 2 RBI

Ashville (Won 6-5)
Rosell Herrera-1-3, RBI, .313 BA
Trevor Story- 1-3, .267 BA
Will Swanner- 1-4, .286 BA

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Interesting, OrangeRocks and Cisco. Yesterday it was Brandon Wood at SS, LeMahieu back at 2B. The previous game was LeMahieu at 3B, Wood at 2B. I would guess that this means both guys are getting ready to go as utility men or as subs for Nelson/Pacheco if when they pull the plug on that.

Friedrich is great news. I don’t want to jinx him, but really great news so far. Pomeranz? Yeah, he’s ready.

jaredean
Admin
jaredean
8 years ago

You guys rock! Thanks for picking up the slack on a portion of the site I haven’t had time to exploit…i created a “farm” category to put these types of posts in…you should see it, but if not let me know…i’ll be changing the “around the league” to the farm on the front when i have a few free minutes…

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I don’t see “FARM” button at the top of the home page. I see Main, News, Game Day, Sound Off, Hot Stove, Donate, Contact buttons as of 11:25am MT.

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago

Sorry, should’ve clarified that. It isn’t on the site itself (yet), but when you actually type up the post you will have an option to choose Farm as the category.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Thanks for reporting on the minor leagues. It would be great if Matzek and Friedrich could continue to do well.

Yes, Pomeranz is ready. Who will be sent down when Pomeranz gets promoted?

I don’t see Escalona as the replacement for Betancourt, but I do see him as the next reliever when one of the guys goes down with an injury or is ineffective.

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

Yes strong work Orange + Cisco. Like both Orange’s brief decriptions + Cisco’s quick stat lines.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Not a good night for Guillermo Moscoso with Col. Springs. His stat line in yesterday’s game:
2.1 IP, 7 ER (0-2, 11.05 ERA) Ouch!

On a positive note, DJ LeMahieu went 3-5 and hitting .310

Ashville (W 10-6)
Trevor Story- 2-5 (.300 BA)

Tulsa was off & Modesto rained out.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Thanks for the excellent minors updates, Cisco and Orange. LeMahieu is an intriguing player: kind of a Pacheco-type good contact hitter without a whole lot of power (at least not yet), but unlike Pacheco he’s come with a reputation for being a solid defensive infielder (he played SS at LSU). He has been profiled as too big a body to stick at 2B, so 3B is looking like his final position. And I see that he has about 5 steals… Read more »

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