Future Colorado Rockies: Grand Junction Rockies August 16 Update

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Apr 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Colorado Rockies hats and gloves during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Cubs 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Trending up (Daniel Suero): Let’s focus on two guys who lead the Grand Junction Rockies in games played (each with 40 entering Saturday night.

Suero, who was a Pioneer League All Star this year, and in his last ten games, he’s recorded 12 hits and a walk while striking out only four times.

Add to that his .309/.330/.438 slash line with 13 stolen bases, and the Rockies have a 20-year old centerfielder they can develop.

One knock on Suero? 24 strikeouts this year in 178 at-bats (which isn’t bad in and of itself), against just three walks. Like most young guys, he’ll need to develop an eye at the plate, especially if he is to work somewhere near the top of a lineup in his future.

Trending down (Sam Hilliard): The outfielder from Wichita State is having a great rookie season after being drafted in the 15th round by the Rockies back in June, but he is having a tough couple weeks.

In his last ten games, he’s just 6-for-30 with 11 strikeouts (though he has hit a homer, and walked six times). Overall, though, the former Shocker is slashing .316/.415/.555 in 40 games (146 at-bats) with nine doubles, seven triples, and four home runs.

The 6’5″ lefty ought to move steadily if this year is any indication of what he can do, especially considering the major college program from which he was drafted.

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