May 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General wide view of Coors Field in the fourth inning between the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Trending up (Omar Carrizales): The Tourists have one really bright spot in Carrizales, who is still leading the South Atlantic League in hitting. He’s slashed .328/.474/.854 in 71 games this year, with eleven doubles, five triples, seven home runs, and 21 stolen bases.
The speedy center fielder won’t turn 21 years old until January, so he’s surely turning heads, especially since he rightfully should soon see a promotion to high-A Modesto (assuming the Rockies don’t want him to stay in Asheville all year specifically to earn his batting title and take away the good vibes from that).
Either way, this is almost assuredly going to be the third straight season in which Carrizales has hit above .300, after doing it in the Dominican Summer League in 2013, the Pioneer League in 2014, jumping the Northwest League in the meantime, and now doing even better in full-season ball in 2015.
Trending down (Ryan Stephens): Typically, we’d been writing about Ryan Stephens in conjunction with the Grand Junction Rockies, but three weeks ago after killing the Pioneer League (.412/.474/.912 in 34 at-bats) he was promoted to the Asheville Tourists.
The promotion hasn’t gone so well… in his last ten games, Stephens is 8-for-40 with 14 strikeouts, and overall in Asheville (just 13 games), he’s slashing .176/.185/.314 with 19 strikeouts in 51 at-bats. The 23-year old is a Middle Tennessee State product (which was also home to current Rockies’ players Ken Roberts and Michael McKenry).
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