Down on the farm: Colorado Rockies prospect recap at August’s end

Tyler Paddor
DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Ryan Village #9 of the National League Futures Team bats against the American League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Ryan Village #9 of the National League Futures Team bats against the American League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Now, up in Spokane, the Rockies High-A affiliate has impressed as of late. They feature great depth at the plate and on the bump which has been on display.

High-A

Hitters:

Brenton Doyle: 49 PAs, .383/.408/.787, 207 wRC+, 1 2B, 6 HR, 2 BB, 12 K 🔥🔥🔥
Hunter Stovall: 46 PAs, .350/.435/.475, 150 wRC+, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 8 K 🔥
Ezequiel Tovar: 47 PAs, .302/.333/.512, 122 wRC+, 3 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 7 K
Jack Blomgren: 51 PAs, .333/.353/.542, 133 wRC+, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 1 BB, 10 K
Daniel Cope: 20 PAs, .412/.500/.412, 161 wRC+, 3 BB, 3 K 🔥
Isaac Collins: 43 PAs, .257/.395/.343, 113 wRC+, 3 2B, 7 BB, 6 K
Daniel Montano: 42 PAs, .286/.333/.314, 77 wRC+, 1 2B, 4 BB, 7 K
Niko Decolati: 43 PAs, .289/.310/.421, 90 wRC+, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 K
Aaron Schunk: 39 PAs, .257/.308/.514, 111 wRC+, 3 HR, 2 BB, 14 K
Grant Lavigne: 45 PAs, .179/.289/.205, 47 wRC+, 1 2B, 5 BB, 16 K ❄️

One month ago, Brenton Doyle’s daughter was born. Since then, he’s taken dad strength to a new level, bashing home run after home run and revitalizing his season.

Hunter Stovall has become a name to get familiar with. The 5’8″ infielder just rakes with no holes apparent in his offensive game.

Middle infielders Ezequiel Tovar and Jack Blomgren shined for the Indians, both racking up hits and each smacking a pair of long balls. Both players have really established themselves in the Rockies system this year with Tovar looking like a top 10 organizational prospect and Blomgren pushing for the top 30.

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Another prospect drawing lots of attention is backstop Daniel Cope. The 2019 draftee plays quality defense but has proven to be a force at the plate this year, drawing his fair share of walks to pair with a high contact rate. With the Rockies’ organizational catching depth thin, Cope has stepped up as the organization’s third-most prominent backstop behind Drew Romo and Willie MacIver.

Outfielders Isaac Collins, Daniel Montano, and Niko Decolati all posted respectable numbers over the last couple weeks with Collins continuing to assert his patient approach. Montano and Decolati racked up hits but, otherwise, didn’t produce a whole lot more.

Off to a really rough start this season, 2019 2nd-rounder Aaron Schunk turned the power on recently, nearly doubling his season HR total in two weeks.

Finally, Grant Lavigne, like fellow 1B Michael Toglia, has not acclimated to his new environment yet and has been cold at the plate. The hulking Lavigne was excellent in low-A but looks to adjust after moving up a level.

Pitchers:

Chris McMahon: 13.0 IP, 2.08 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 4.12 FIP, 2 BB, 15 K 🔥
Helcris Olivarez: 11.0 IP, 4.91 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 4.88 FIP, 3 BB, 12 K
Mitchell Kilkenny: 9.1 IP, 9.64 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 7.18 FIP, 4 BB, 12 K
Noah Davis: 13.0 IP, 2.77 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 5.04 FIP, 0 BB, 14 K 🔥
Will Ethridge: 12.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 4.05 FIP, 3 BB, 12 K
Dugan Darnell: 6.0 IP, 7.50 ERA, 5.13 FIP, 1 BB, 11 K
Jared Biddy: 5.1 IP, 5.06 ERA, 2.28 FIP, 0 BB, 11 K
Shelby Lackey: 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 3 K

2020 2nd-rounder Chris McMahon has snapped into form, recently. Given what was a seriously challenging assignment by the Rockies for his pro-debut, McMahon has dominated as of late, highlighted by his most recent pair of starts.

Prized pitchers Helcris Olivarez and Mitch Kilkenny both got hit a little in their last two starts, especially Kilkenny. Olivarez seems to have reigned in his command a bit, a golden possibility for the explosive lefty.

Starters Noah Davis and Will Ethridge both performed in their last two starts. The recently acquired Davis has walked just one hitter in his last 19.1 IP. Meanwhile, Ethridge looks comfortable after struggling after his promotion to Spokane.

The trusty Dugan Darnell didn’t have a great pair of weeks but he got a lot of whiffs and his command stayed sharp. Jared Biddy also generated lots of whiffs and had a great couple weeks aside from a 3-run homer he gave up Sunday.

Finally, lights-out reliever Shelby Lackey returned from the IL in style, getting all three of his outs via the strikeout.

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