Rockies farm roundup: Johnson clears waivers, starts

May 5, 2011 | 12:39 am | 2  

Triple-A Colorado Springs (L, 4-3 vs. Fresno, box)
The Sky Sox produced 11 hits, but no extra-base hits. Center fielder Eric Young Jr. was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Right fielder Charlie Blackmon was 2-for-5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Shortstop Chris Nelson was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Second baseman Matt Macri also had two hits. Starting pitcher Alan Johnson, who was outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers, allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings.

Double-A Tulsa (W, 8-4 vs. Arkansas, box)
Four Drillers hitters had two hits — center fielder Tim Wheeler, first baseman Ben Paulsen, third baseman Darin Holcomb and left fielder Scott Beerer, who provided Tulsa’s only home run in the game. Beerer and Holcomb drove in two runs each. Wheeler and Paulsen doubled and drove in a run each. Starting pitcher Cory Riordan allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings, but wasn’t involved in the decision. Reliever Stephen Dodson picked up his fifth win.

High Class-A Modesto (W, 7-6 vs High Desert, 11 innings, box)
The Nuts were no-hit for the first 5 1/3 innings of the game before Orlando Sandoval doubled with one out in the bottom of the sixth. A five-run seventh inning for Modesto erased a 4-0 deficit, but the Nuts bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth. First baseman Kiel Roling singled in the bottom of the 11th to score pinch-runner Scott Robinson. Catcher Dallas Tarleton was 2-for-5 and drove in two runs. Designated hitter Mike Zuanich and third baseman Joe Sanders added doubles. Sandoval was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Low Class-A Asheville (Did not play)


  • Pooter | May 5, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    Hey Steve,

    What does Eric Young Jr. have to do to get a promotion to the big club? Seems like the team could use his speed, on base percentage, and aggressive play on the big club. Is this guy just doomed under Jim Tracy kind of like JR. Smith under George Karl?

  • Julian | May 5, 2011 | 4:01 pm

    Pooter, EY Jr needs to be able to adequately field one or more positions at a major league level. I think that at this point he’s probably below Nelson on the depth chart because Nelson hits as well and fields better, although he doesn’t have the speed of EY Jr.