Future Colorado Rockies: Grand Junction Rockies August 16 Update

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Apr 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Coors Field during the first inning of the game between the San Diego Padres against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

One to watch (Parker French): The attention on the mound this year in Grand Junction has gone to Mike Nikorak, Peter Lambert, and even Hunter Brothers, but more focus ought to be on Parker French.

The Rockies’ fifth round draft pick in June, French has shown the Rockies exactly what teams hope to see from college guys drafted and sent to rookie ball: aggressiveness to go right after hitters, and challenge guy with strikes early and often.

This week (on Tuesday), French tossed five innings of one-run ball against Great Falls, striking out eight and not walking anybody.

In fact, in his eight starts in Grand Junction, he’s only had one game in which he has walked somebody: a two-walk performance in five innings against Ogden on July 26. In his other seven starts (spanning 34.1 innings), French has walked none and struck out 29 hitters.

Couple that with his overall 0.99 WHIP and 3.89 ERA in a hitter’s league, and French is showing the Rockies exactly what they were hoping for from the University of Texas product.

Quick hits: At .293/.360/.458, Grand Junction has the third best offense in the Pioneer League … And as you might expect with offensive numbers like that, GJ’s pitching staff has put up a 6.08 ERA and 1.67 WHIP, both of which are the worst in the league … Daniel Koger, Sam Thoele, and Brothers are fifth, sixth, and seventh in the league in saves, respectively at 4, 4, and 3 … Brothers also leads the league in games pitched, with 18 relief appearances so far on the season … Proving how professional of a hitter he is already, Hilliard is also second in the league in triples and third in walks … beginning Sunday, the Rox have just 23 games left — and only two home stands — before the season comes to an end.


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