Left-handed pitcher Ryan Rolison, the Rockies first-round draft pick and 22nd selection overall last June, made his debut at Low A Asheville memorable. He started and worked five perfect innings in the Tourists 5-0 victory against Augusta (Giants).
Rolison, who attended Mississippi, debuted at rookie-level Grand Junction last summer, where he was 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA in nine starts. Working under a limited schedule in line with the Rockies approach at the short-season level, particularly with college pitchers, he struck out 34 and walked only eight while allowing 15 hits in 29 innings.
Friday Results Down on the Farm:
AAA Albuquerque (1-1) won 7-4 against Salt Lake City (Giants). Roberto Ramos (.667) was 3-for-3 with his second home run in two games, two runs scored and two RBI, and No. 1 prospect Brendan Rodgers (.375) drove in two runs with a home run and scored a second run. Sam Hilliard (.143) went 1-for-3 with three walks and three runs scored. Peter Lambert (6.75) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks, striking out four in four innings. Jesus Tinoco (1-0, 4.50) was credited with the win, allowing one run on three hits and a walk, striking out two, in two innings. Yency Almonte earned his first save, striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth.
AA Hartford (0-1) was rained out at Richmond (Giants). The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday.
High A Lancaster (0-2) lost 11-8 in 11 innings against Modesto (Mariners). Third baseman Matt McLaughlin (.600) was 3-for-5 with two triples, two RBI and a walk. Braxton Lorenzini (0-1, 0-00) was charged with two unearned runs and struck out three in suffering the loss. Garrett Schilling (9.64) started and allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking three in 4 2/3 innings.
Low A Asheville (1-1) won 5-0 against Augusta (Giants). Rolison struck out four. The Tourists scored three runs in the first when Will Golsan (.600) led off with a walk, and eventually scored the first run of the three-run first inning on a Coco Montes (.375) double, and Grant Lavigne (.222) delivered a two-run single. Golsan also homered in the fifth.