The strong season-finishing efforts of Rockies prospects Tyler Nevin and Ryan Vilade did not go unnoticed.
Nevin was voted the Double-A Easter League Player of the Month for August, and Vilade earned the same honor in the Advanced A California League.
Nevin, a Competitive Balance Round A selection in 2015 out of Poway (Ca.) High School, led the Easter League during August with eight home runs, 24 RBI, 11 doubles, 67 total bases, a .609 slugging percentage and .972 OPS. The 22-year-old son of former big-league Phil Nevin, currently a coach with the Yankees, had 10 multi-hit games and a four-game home run streak Aug. 27-29.
Vilade, whose father recently resigned as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State to become a scout with the Miami Marlins, led the California League in August with a .368 average, 43 hits and 72 total bases. He ranked second in the league with 28 runs scored, a .615 slugging percentage and 1.205 OPS, and was third with seven home runs and a .412 on-base percentage.
Vilade was the Rockies second-round draft choice out of Stillwater (Okla.) High School in 2017. He was their top selection that year. They lost the first-round pick as compensation for signing free agent Ian Desmond.
In Wednesday's Game:
Rookie Grand Junction (18-18, 37-35) lost 6-3 at Rocky Mountain (Brewers) the day after clinching the second Pioneer League Southern Division post-season spot. Cayden Hatcher (3-4, 5.80) made only his second start in 14 appearances and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three in 2 1/3 innings. Bladimir Restituyo (.303) was 2-for-5 with an RBI.