Future Colorado Rockies: Modesto Nuts July 9 Update
Modesto Nuts logo [Image via Twitter/@Rockies]The Modesto Nuts — the Colorado Rockies’ Class-A Advanced Affiliate — have some exciting young prospects to follow this year. Let’s update them through July 9.
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The Modesto Nuts have started the second half of the year very hot, going 10-4 — which puts them in second place in their division in the California League — after a 33-37 first half. That makes them 43-41 overall, which is good enough for third in the California League northern division, though they’d need to win the second half race to get a playoff spot in the league’s end-of-year cut-down.
Let’s review their last seven days of baseball in California’s Central Valley:
The last week (5-2): The Nuts took two of three from the High Desert Mavericks, and then the first three in their four-game series with the Inland Empire 66ers. (That series ends Friday night.) The Nuts are firing on all cylinders on offense, scoring 37 runs over their last seven games while pitching well and making up ground in their division.
Trending up (Raimel Tapia): Tapia is doing something special, going 15-for-42 over his last ten games. That includes nine games in which he hit safely, and eight of those in which he had multiple hits. Add the fact that he’s only struck out four times in that span, and he’s now hitting above .320 again, and you’ve got a guy who might need to move up to AA New Britain fairly soon. Still just 21 years old (he won’t turn 22 until Spring Training starts next year), there are a lot of reasons to be excited about this outfielder.
Trending down (Correlle Prime): We spoke highly of Prime last week — and we still think he’s the real deal, especially concerning his power numbers — but the first baseman has had a tough ten days in Modesto, hitting just .179 (7-for-39) over that stretch, with fourteen strikeouts in that space and just one home run and three walks.
One to watch (Harrison Musgrave): We’ve spoken about the lefty from West Virginia before, but at 10-1 with a 2.88 ERA, he’s finally earned himself a promotion (or so it seems) to AA New Britain. It isn’t yet listed on RockiesRoster.com, but the Nuts’ website places him on the roster of the Rock Cats. Considering how much Musgrave has dominated California League hitters, his promotion is well-deserved.