Down on the farm: Colorado Rockies prospect recap at August’s end
By Tyler Paddor
On to the Hartford Yard Goats, where both sides of the ball saw standout performances.
Elehuris Montero: 25 PAs, .381/.400/.429, 122 wRC+, 1 2B, 2 BB, 3 K
Jameson Hannah: 41 PAs, .270/.341/.351, 93 wRC+, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 BB, 12 K
Sean Bouchard: 37 PAs, .273/.351/.576, 146 wRC+, 1 2B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 10 K
Coco Montes: 47 PAs, .317/.383/.610, 161 wRC+, 6 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 8 K 🔥
Willie MacIver: 33 PAs, .276/.364/.448, 123 wRC+, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 12 K
Michael Toglia: 45 PAs, .205/.289/.308, 65 wRC+, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 15 K ❄️
Elehuris Montero returned from the IL picking up where he left off, continuing to get his barrel on baseballs. Montero tag-teamed with Sean Bouchard and Coco Montes to carry the freight for the Yard Goats as the latter two shredded opposing pitching. Montes continues to elevate his profile as a potential MLB-utility player.
Jameson Hannah continued his respectable pace. He’s not blowing anyone away, but he’s been a consistent on-base threat at the top of the order. After a concerning start to his AA career, Willie MacIver looks to be back on track.
Michael Toglia is still searching for himself in AA. The slugging first baseman was promoted to Hartford a little over a month ago and hasn’t quite made his mark yet. This halts the momentum he had to begin 2022 sitting on the Rockies’ doorstep in AAA.
Ryan Feltner: 11.2 IP, 2.31 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 2.55 FIP, 2 BB, 15 K 🔥
Karl Kauffmann: 10.2 IP, 4.22 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 7.15 FIP, 5 BB, 9 K
Yoan Aybar: 4.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 1.24 FIP, 1 BB, 6 K 🔥
Zach Matson: 4.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 1.56 FIP, 2 BB, 9 K 🔥
PJ Poulin: 4.1 IP, 4.15 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 3.49 FIP, 1 BB, 3 K
Ryan Feltner has made his case to be regarded as a top 5 pitching prospect in the Rockies system. He continued his dominant showing in AA the last two weeks and figures to get a crack at AAA before the season expires. The hard-throwing righty impressed in instructionals last year, flashing three MLB quality pitches in his fastball, slider, and changeup.
Karl Kauffmann might finally be gaining some traction in AA. The 2019 second-round pick appeared to stagnate once joining the Yard Goats — and still isn’t excelling — but he’s finally meeting the challenge.
In the pen, a pair of pitchers, Yoan Aybar and Zach Matson, were untouchable. Meanwhile, PJ Poulin had a quality pair of weeks following a difficult transition to AA. All three deserve some recognition as bullpen candidates as soon as late next season.