MLB DEBUTS: CUEVAS & MUSGRAVE
The Rockies had two players make their Major League debuts in April: OF Noel Cuevas and LHP Harrison Musgrave. Cuevas made his debut in a start against the Chicago Cubs on April 22 and collected his first career hit on April 24 against San Diego. After 12 games, Cuevas is batting .357/.400/.357/.757. Musgrave was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on April 23 and made his Major League debut that night with a hitless, scoreless inning of relief against the Padres.
Although not a debut, Daniel Castro was called to the big leagues on May 1 for his first look at the Major Leagues since 2016 when he was with the Atlanta Braves. Castro left Albuquerque with a 22-game hit streak, 37 hits, 47 total bases, eight doubles, one triple, 11 RBI, five walks and a line of .407/.429/.516/.945.
ALBUQUERQUE: OFFENSIVE SURGES
The Isotopes offense has started strong. The team currently leads the Pacific Coast League in triples (24). The team ranks second in doubles (85), slugging (.501), average (.296) and OPS (.866).
On April 7, OF Raimel Tapia had a two-homer game-a two-run home run in the seventh and a three-run home run in the eighth-which was his first multi-homer game of his seven-plus-year professional career. He delivered five RBI that night and has five home runs on the season, which surpasses his season total from 2017 (four). Tapia also hit the 14th inside-the-park home run in Isotopes history on April 11.
OF Drew Weeks belted two home runs on April 11, the first of his Triple-A career. He went 3-for-5 with three RBI. In 21 games, Weeks has two doubles, three triples, five home runs, 17 RBI, 11 walks and a hitting line of .341/.438/.622/1.059.
HARTFORD: BASE STEALERS & AWARD WINNERS
Hartford is leading the Eastern League with a strong running game, tallying 63 stolen bases over the course of 39 games.
INF Garrett Hampson leads the charge with a league-leading 19 stolen bases. In 38 games, Hampson is batting .304/.391/.466/.857 with eight doubles, two triples, four homers, 15 RBI and 21 walks. He was a home run shy of the cycle on April 9.
Yard Goats INF Brendan Rodgers was named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of April 16-22. Rodgers hit .520 (13-for-25) with four doubles, a home run, six RBI, three runs and an .800 slugging percentage over the course of the week. Rodgers had a six-game hit streak and went 5-for-5 on Sunday, April 22. Rodgers became the second Yard Goat in history to have a five-hit game which included a two-run home run, three singles and a double. Rodgers is the highest ever draft pick to play for the Yard Goats, as he was the third overall pick in the first round in 2015, currently listed as the Rockies No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.
RHP Jesus Tinoco delivered his first career complete game in a rain-shortened three hitter on April 25. Tinoco went six innings for his third straight win, giving up a double, two singles and walk, while striking out four. He faced the minimum over his final three frames.
LANCASTER: RAMOS REIGNS
The Lancaster JetHawks are leading the California League in more than a few offensive categories. The team currently leads the league in hits (379), home runs (4)6, RBI (216), total bases (634), stolen bases (58), OBP (.337), SLG (.465), AVG (.278) and OPS (.822).
INF Roberto Ramos has impressed at the plate and has received California League Player of the Week honors for the week of April 30-May 6. He led the league in almost every offensive category over the week. In seven games that week, Ramos hit .556 (15-for-27) with five home runs, 14 RBI, an OPS of 1.872 and a slugging percentage of 1.259. He recorded a hit in each game he played in that this week. As of May 17, Ramos leads the California League in home runs (11), RBI (32), total bases (85), slugging (.675) and OPS (1.062). In 34 games, Ramos is hitting .310/.387/.675/1.062 with nine doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 32 RBI. On April 8, he became the first Lancaster player in three years to hit three home runs in a game. His three home runs were in three consecutive at bats against three different pitchers, and all were two-run blasts, giving him six RBI on the day.
ASHEVILLE: GOLDEN HOUR
The Rockies farm system continues to excel on the bases as the Asheville Tourists are one of three Rockies Minor League teams that lead their respective leagues in stolen bases, topping the South Atlantic League with 50 stolen bags, as of May 17.
OF Casey Golden had a nice start to his first full season of Minor League ball. In 34 games, Golden has 31 runs (first in SAL), 84 total bases (first in SAL), nine doubles, ten home runs (second in SAL), 31 RBI and a line of .333/.388/.622/1.010. Last year Golden, earned the MiLB Joe Bauman Home Run Award (Short-Season) and was a Post-Season All-Star with Grand Junction.
OF Shael Mendoza put together a 17-game hit streak from April 17 through May 10. Mendoza has delivered three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and four walks over the course of 30 games at the Single-A level.
Dinger, along with members of the Rockies front office visited Asheville, N.C., on May 14 and 15 as an extension of the Rockies Caravan, doing some community outreach and reconnecting with their longest-tenured Minor League affiliate, a partnership that was just extended through the 2020 season.
MINOR LEAGUE TRANSACTIONS
Signed: LHP David Holmberg (released by Orioles, March 29)
Signed: LHP Will Lamb (released by Tigers, March 28)
April 27-May 3
Added to 40-man roster: 2B Daniel Castro
Signed: RHP Frederis Parra (released by Cardinals, March 18)
Released: RHP Trey Killian, LHP Max Schuh, 1B Collin Ferguson