It may be early in the minor league season, but Colorado Rockies prospect Zac Veen is literally stealing the show.
Veen, an outfield prospect ranked as the top Colorado Rockies prospect heading into the 2021 campaign, has showcased his speed through 11 games with the Low-A Fresno Grizzlies. While he has posted an early slash line of .216/.380/.324, it’s what the 19-year-old Veen has done once he has gotten on the bases that has raised some eyebrows.
On Sunday, Veen stole home, one of 10 stolen bases he has already accumulated this season. You can see the video of the home steal below.
While Rockies fans are excited about the eventual arrival of the ninth overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft, Veen has struck out 16 times in 37 at-bats, so that is something to watch as the MiLB season continues to evolve.
Here is a look at some other minor league news from around the Colorado Rockies farm system.
Speaking of prospects, Colorado’s sixth overall prospect, outfielder Brenton Doyle, went 3-for-6 with an RBI in Spokane’s 7-6 loss at Vancouver on Sunday. Doyle is now hitting .310 for the season while posting an OPS of .848.
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Spokane, now 2-10 on the season, is being powered by No. 3 prospect Michael Toglia, who has a team-leading five homers and 11 RBI on the year. However, he has just two other hits along with the five home runs and is batting .184.
On the pitching side, former fourth overall draft pick Riley Pint has six strikeouts and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 3.2 innings of relief work. He has, however, walked five as control continues to be something for Pint to focus on.
You can hear our exclusive interviews with Toglia, Pint, and more members of the Spokane Indians by clicking here.
Hartford posted a 5-3 win over Portland (Maine) on Sunday to bring its record to 5-7 on the season. No. 13 prospect Jameson Hannah went 1-for-3 in his return from the 10-day injured list.
Elehuris Montero, a third base prospect acquired from St. Louis in the Nolan Arenado trade, paces the Yard Goats with three homers and 15 RBI on the season.
Albuquerque slipped to 1-9 on the season with a 6-1 loss in El Paso. Ryan Vilade, Colorado’s fourth-ranked prospect, went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Jack Wynkoop has navigated trouble well in a relief role, giving up just one earned run in 9.1 innings of work while allowing 10 hits. Chris Rusin, meanwhile, has struggled in his bid to rejoin the Rockies. He gave up a home run in Sunday’s loss and has surrendered runs in four of his five outings this season, pushing his ERA to 16.20 as opponents are hitting .375 against him.