Let’s face it. Most of us struggled to try to figure out a perfect outfit for Halloween. That, however, didn’t seem to be a problem for Colorado Rockies prospect Ryan Vilade.
OK, maybe it was the day before Halloween, but the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, a team which includes Colorado Rockies prospects, decided to get into the Halloween spirit a little early (Sunday was an off day for the AFL). Dressed up as they headed to the dugout for pregame activities, Vilade made an entrance of his own with his Rafters teammate in an inflatable Garfield costume.
Check out the Halloween costume sported by Colorado Rockies prospect Ryan Vilade
The Rafters were all decked out for the holiday, with Vilade certainly standing out in the team photo as well as in the batting cage.
The 22-year-old Vilade, a second-round pick of the Rockies in the 2017 MLB draft, has posted a .278/.381/.389 slash line with an OPS of .770 in 36 at-bats this fall heading into Monday’s action. Those numbers include a 4-for-5, two-RBI night against Scottsdale in an 8-1 Salt River win on October 23.
The appearance for the Rafters following Vilade making his MLB debut on September 18 against the Washington Nationals. He ended up with six big league at-bats this season, going hitless with a walk and a strikeout.
While Vilade has been focusing on the outfield during his time in the minors, with the Rockies, and with the Rafters, it was also noted that he will be taking some time at first base as well this fall. Vilade was originally drafted as a shortstop, then moved to the outfield (spending 60 games in left field and 41 in right field for Triple-A Albuquerque last season in addition to five games at first base).
What comes next for Vilade? The Rafters end AFL play on November 19, then he’ll begin to focus on spring training. Whatever happens the rest of the fall however, it’s clear that Vilade hit a home run with his Halloween costume.