Future Colorado Rockies: Modesto Nuts July 30 Update

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Jul 3, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; A general view during a fireworks show after the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Dodgers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

One to watch (Troy Neiman): The right hander for Modesto doesn’t have great overall numbers this year (5.47 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and .283 batting average against in 29 relief appearances/49.1 innings) but his last ten games have been a revelation.

Over his last ten, the Castaic, California native has allowed just four runs in 13.2 innings pitched, while striking out 11 and only walking two hitters. He’s gone 2-0 with one save to reward his efforts over those last ten.

Considering he had a dominant year in Asheville in 2014 (7-1, six saves, 1.59 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and .183 batting average against in 791 innings of relief), and considering he’s 6’6″, there may be something to this Chico State product, after all.

Remember, the California League is brutal on pitchers; knowing his size and history, something tells me it’s worth figuring out if the Rockies could use a 6’6″ right handed reliever at some point in the future.

Quick hits: The Nuts are 29-23 on the road, and 27-23 at home. That road record represents the third-best road record in the 10-team California League … In their last 11 games, where the Nuts have gone 10-1, they’ve been relying on good pitching, good defense, and close wins. In fact, having won 10 of 11, they’ve only outscored opponents 48-37 during that time … The Nuts made up a ton of ground in their division this week when, during their winning streak, they enjoyed a four-game sweep of the division-leading Visalia Rawhide … After striking out 57 in 53.2 innings in Modesto, with a 3.02 ERA and just a 0.97 WHIP, Sam Moll was promoted to AA New Britain this week (and threw a scoreless inning in his first AA appearance) … Corey Dickerson spent two games this past week rehabbing in Modesto with the Nuts before he was activated off the Colorado Rockies’ disabled list. In his two games, he went 3-for-8 with two runs, an RBI, and a strikeout … Raimel Tapia is 5th, Jordan Patterson 9th and Ryan McMahon 10th in the California League in batting … The Nuts can extend their hot streak with the next seven games, all of which will be at home this coming week, against Visalia and San Jose.


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