Colorado Rockies minor leagues: Early September recap of all levels

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Ryan Vilade of the Colorado Rockies

GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – MARCH 26: Ryan Vilade #76 of the Colorado Rockies catches a fly out in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians during the MLB spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 26, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The season seems to be sprinting to a close with under a month left before the regular season comes to a close. The Rockies could well see both the Spokane Indians (High-A) and Fresno Grizzlies (Low-A) representing them in the MiLB playoffs.

As usual for these bi-weekly recaps, the upper-minors are scarce in terms of depth, whereas the lower-minors are absolutely loaded. The following stats are from August 31 until September 13 (8/31-9/13).

The latest from the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, the Albuquerque Isotopes

Beginning with the Isotopes, there isn’t much to write home about with no real headline performances from any Rockies prospects.

Hitters:
Ryan Vilade: 54 PAs, .275/.296/.392, 66 wRC+, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB, 11 K
Elehuris Montero: 46 PAs, .267/.283/.422, 69 wRC+, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 11 K
Taylor Snyder: 35 PAs, .303/.343/.455, 97 wRC+, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 8 K

Ryan Vilade notched an acceptable couple of weeks, though he saw his walk rates dip without any compensation in the power department. The recently promoted Elehuris Montero performed similarly to Vilade, although he notched a long ball. The hope is these two can finish hot to boost their chances of cracking the MLB roster next spring.

Utility man Taylor Snyder posted quality numbers, racking up hits and getting on base while also producing some extra-base hits. The 26-year-old Snyder has ascended this season and, like Vilade and Montero, has a lot to gain these last few weeks.

Pitchers:
Reagan Todd: 3.1 IP, 2.70 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 2 BB, 5 K
Jake Bird: 3.1 IP, 8.10 ERA, 6.37 FIP, 1 BB, 4 K

The pitching side was void of action with most notable AAA pitchers taxiing between the Rockies and Isotopes.

Reagan Todd effectively navigated through a handful of appearances while Jake Bird got hit around. The stock of these two 2021 MLB bullpen candidates is worth keeping an eye on.

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