Future Colorado Rockies: Asheville Tourists August 7 Update

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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 (Sam Howard): The lefty is a guy we’ve focused on before, and he’s also a guy who was working on an 18 inning scoreless streak before allowing three runs in his Monday start against the Intimidators (yes, in that 23-3 win). I

In his last ten starts, Howard is 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA, and overall this year he’s having a very solid season in Asheville, going 7-8 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. His best game this year was his complete game, four-hit (and no walk) shutout of the Rome Braves on July 27th, which came right in the middle of his scoreless innings streak and was his first career complete game shutout.

Trending down (Max George): After being promoted from the Boise Hawks, Max George has been playing quite a bit of shortstop for the Tourists, and things haven’t been going so well. The Regis High School product and sixth round draft pick in 2014, George is hitting 2-for-26 over his last ten games (.077), but he has walked nine times against just six strikeouts.

Between Boise and Asheville this season, George is slashing .160/.307/.272 in 125 at-bats, and he’s struck out 42 times against just 21 walks. Remember, though — after slashing .301/.433/.463 in Grand Junction in 2014, he’s still only 19 years old, and he won’t be 20 until April (!) so he’s got a little time to figure it all out.

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