Weekly Pebble Report: Stand Alone Pebbles (July 1st-July 7th)

Colorado Rockies minor league report for Monday, July 8th, 2024

This is the new home of the Weekly Pebble Report here on Purple Row, your weekly Colorado Rockies minor league update. We have decided to make the Pebble Report a stand-alone article for ease of access and to better even out our content for our readers, since it was essentially two articles on top of one another. Starting today, the Pebble Report will go up after the Monday Rockpile on Monday mornings to start the week!

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Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (3-3, 32-55 Overall)

The Isotopes split a solid series with the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres). After taking three of their first four it looked like they might be cruising to a series win, but were unfortunately unable to stick the landing as they lost the final two games.

Stock Up: After being designated for assignment last week and clearing waivers, first baseman and designated hitter Elehuris Montero was outrighted to the Isotopes. Once he joined the team he quickly picked up where he had left off last season. In three games Montero went 5-for-14 with three doubles and five RsBI.

Stock Up: Outfielder Jimmy Herron continued his strong season last week by going 9-for-18 with two doubles, a home run, and 12 total RsBI. He also drew three walks and struck out just twice. The 27-year-old former draft pick of the Chicago Cubs has an OPS of .846 this season.

Stock Up: Outfielder Sean Bouchard has been on a mighty tear since being optioned from the big league squad back to Triple-A. He appeared in three games against the Chihuahuas, going 6-for-13 with two doubles and a triple.

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats (3-3, 44-35 Overall)

The Yard Goats started off strong against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets) by ratting off three straight wins. However, they ran out of steam in the second half of the series by losing three straight and allowing five or more runs in each loss.

Stock Down: Adael Amador (no. 1 PuRP) has struggled mightily since returning to Double-A after his oblique injury. In five games against the Rumble Ponies he went just 3-for-21 while striking out a whopping 13 times to just three walks.

Stock Up: Tricky left-handed pitcher Carson Palmquist (no. 18 PuRP) had a magnificent return to form this week against the Rumble Ponies. Palmquist pitched an outstanding seven shutout innings while giving up just one hit and one walk. He also set the Yard Goats single game franchise record for strikeouts by fanning 13. Unfortunately, the Yard Goats ultimately lost the game due to a dramatic bullpen implosion.

Stock Up: Right-handed reliever Brendan Hardy—a Rule 5 selection from the New York Mets—made two appearances this week with three scoreless innings and four strikeouts. Hardy has given up just one earned run in his last 18 23 innings of work.

Rehab Update: Rockies right-handed pitcher Germán Márquez made another rehab start, this time with the Yard Goats. he threw 69 pitches—49 for strikes—and struck out two batters over 3 23 innings. He did give up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. Márquez is expected to make at least one more rehab start with the Yard Goats before potentially joining the Rockies in New York this week before the All-Star Break.

High-A: Spokane Indians (5-1, 49-30 Overall)

The Spokane Indians took five of six against the Tri-City Dust Devils (Los Angeles Angels) but the most impressive part of their series win was the 30 consecutive innings from the Indians pitching staff without allowing a run. The Indians shut out the Dust Devils three times.

Stock Up: Right-handed pitcher Connor Staine had an excellent Fourth of July outing where he pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just one hit on the way to an Indians shutout victory. Staine struck out a career high 12 batters while giving up just two walks.

Stock Up: Cole Carrigg (no. 11 PuRP) went 11-for-27 at the plate against Tri-City while hitting two doubles, a triple, and two home runs. The two home runs both came during Saturday’s series finale. He also stole three bases during the series. The 2023 competitive balance pick is one of the Northwest League leaders in many offensive categories, including triples.

Stock Up: Chase Dollander (no. 2 PuRP) further cemented his lead as the Northwest League’s strikeout king by fanning another 10 batters in his start against Tri-City. Dollander worked five scoreless innings and gave up six hits while walking just one. He was also named the Rockies’ representative to the All-Star Futures Game.

Low-A: Fresno Grizzlies (3-3, 44-36 Overall)

The Grizzlies lost the three road games of this series only to turn around and win three straight against the Modesto Nuts (Seattle Mariners) at home to cap off the six-game set.

Stock Up: After completing his rehab and gearing up with the ACL Rockies, left-handed pitcher Michael Prosecky (no. 23 PuRP) made his triumphant return to Fresno for his first Grizzlies start of the season. Prosecky pitched five innings while giving up just one earned run via a solo home run. He struck out nine batters and walked just one.

Stock Up: 20-year-old middle infielder Andy Perez had three multi-hit games against the Nuts while going 8-for-25 during the series with two home runs and two doubles. He also drew three walks to three strikeouts and drove in seven runs while scoring six times himself.

Stock Up: Lefty reliever Sam Weatherly may have given up two earned runs—including a home run—during the series against Modesto, but they came split across four innings of work with eight total strikeouts. Seven of those strikeouts came in an excellent three inning outing during the July 1st series opener.

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Title: Weekly Pebble Report: Stand Alone Pebbles (July 1st-July 7th)
Author: Evan Lang

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