Road To The Colorado Rockies: August 28 Minor League Updates
Grand Junction Rockies — Rk
Last week (1-5), Overall (26-37): The GJ Rockies never really got out of the gate strong this year, and a 6-19 start to their second half has them in the basement of the Pioneer League. That’s pretty much where they’ve been since almost day one of the season.
Trending up: Hunter Brothers. The brother of Rex Brothers has put together a nice year in Grand Junction, and is the club’s best reliever, earning two wins and four saves in 21 games (31.2 innings) with just a 3.41 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and .228 batting average against. He’s struck out 14 hitters in his last 10.2 innings pitched, as well.
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Trending down: Tyler Nevin. Phil Nevin‘s son Tyler is hitting just 5-for-38 (.132) in his last ten games, with seven strikeouts. On the year, though, the high school product is slashing a respectable .259/.368/.383 considering it’s his first year of pro baseball (and the baseball pedigree that comes with his family!).
One to watch: Mike Nikorak. Nikorak has had a tough time in Grand Junction (he’s walked 23 hitters and allowed 22 more hits in 14.2 innings), but clubs don’t take a guy in the first round for nothing. The 6’5″ righty has a big time arm, and if he can iron our results and consistency, he’ll develop like any other big time pitcher ought to coming from high school to professional baseball.