Bret Boswell, a non-roster invitee to the Rockies spring training despite having only two years in the minor leagues, was selected the Double-A Eastern League Player of the Week after hitting .316 with six home runs and a .947 slugging percentage at Double-A Hartford last week.
Boswell led the Eastern League in slugging and tied for EL lead in homers along with finishing among the best in total bases (18), OPS (1.297), RBI (8), runs (5) and doubles (3) this past week. He is the third Yard Goats player this season to earn a weekly honor, first first position player. Left-handed pitcher Jack Wynkoop was named Pitcher of the week on July 8th, and right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia earned the pitcher award on June 10th.
Boswell, 24, had an impressive return from the Injured List on last Tuesday in Reading, Pennsylvania. He delivered a three-run home run in his first at-bat since July 16th. He followed that at-bat with an RBI double and ended up driving in all four Yard Goats runs that night.
The former University of Texas star smashed a three run homer in the first inning again on Thursday in Reading against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff, who was on a Major League rehabilitation assignment. Boswell continued his power display when the Yard Goats returned to Dunkin’ Donuts Park this homestand, with this third homer of the week, a solo blast into the right field upper deck which tied the game against Binghamton in the eighth inning.
Since the Eastern League All-Star Break, the Rockwall, Texas native has hit .349 with three doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI along with a .767 slugging percentage. Overall, Boswell is hitting .210 with 18 doubles, 13 home runs and 33 RBI in 84 games in his first season with the Yard Goats. Boswell was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 8th round in 2017.
In Monday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (51-69) lost 11-6 to Round Rock (Astros). Pat Dean (3-11, 7.39) allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Noel Cuevas (.276) was 2-for-3 with his fifth home run and three RBI. Pat Valaika (.315) hit his 22nd home run. Right-hander Jeff Hoffman was scratched from the scheduled start.
AA Hartford (22-27, 59-57) was off. The Yard Goats open a four-game series against Portland (Red Sox) Tuesday.
Advanced A Lancaster (26-24, 60-58) was off. The JetHawks open a three-game home series with Lake Elsinore (Padres) Tuesday.
A Asheville (28-22, 57-63) won 11-6 against Rome, taking over sole possession of first place in the second half in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. Grant Lavigne (.247) was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two walks and a three-run home run. Willi MacIver (.247) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, including a straight steal of home. Reliever Alexander Martinez (6-4, 2.88) was credited with the win, allowing one run on two hits, striking out two in two innings. Jake Bird (.271) started and allowed three runs, one earned, on seven hits and three walks, striking out one in four innings.
Short-season A Boise (8-10, 23-33) lost 6-5 against Spokane (Rangers). With two out in the bottom of the first, Spokane scored five unearned runs off Zak Baayoun (0-5, 6.75) who also gave up seven hits and struck out two in four innings. Tyler Plantier (.277) was 2-for-3 with a run scored, double and two RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (7-6, 26-25) lost 6-0 at Billings (Reds). Helcris Oliveraez (3.82) started and allowed four hits and two walks, striking out five in five scoreless innings. Reliever Anderson Pilar (3-2, 4.39) took over in the sixth and gave up four runs on three hits and two walks, striking out two in 1 2/3 innings. The Rockies had three singles.