Roberto Ramos, the Rockies 16th-round draft choice out of College of the Canyons (Ca.) in 2014, has made a case for himself to get a big-league opportunity. The final statement came with Triple-A Albuquerque this season. Ramos went into the final weekend of the season hitting .313 with a .403 on-base percentage, 28 home runs and 101 RBI.
Impressive? Impressive enough that Ramos' teammates in Albuquerque voted him the Isotopes MVP for the 2019 season.
Ranked the Rockies 27th best prospect last off-season, Ramos hit only 20 home runs in his first two seasons of prob all, but went into Sunday with 60 home runs the last two years. Born in Hermosillo, Mexico, Ramos grew up in Agoura Hills, Ca.
In other Isotops Awards
DJ Johnson and Brian Mundell were voted the Jennifer Riordan Community Award by the Isotops front office. The award was nmaed after Riordan, who died in an accident on a Southwest Airlines flight in April of 2018. She was a long-time supporter of the Isotopes, both as a corporate partner and as a mother of a baseball family who loved coming to games at Isotopes Park.
Outfielder Drew Weeks, the Rockies seventh round pick out of the University of North Florida in 2014, was voted Mr. Hustle. He had a breakout month in August, hitting .355 with 26 RBI.
he 26-year-old spent the entire 2019 season with the Isotopes. Weeks ranks third on the Isotopes with 120 games played, splitting time between left and right field for Albuquerque. Weeks is hitting .355 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in August.
Lefthanded reliever Sam Howard has compiled a 3.91 ERA (22er/50.2ip) in 42 games for the Isotopes, earning hm the Pitcher of the Year award..
With quick reaction times, a dazzling glove and a strong arm, Elliot Soto committed jst 11 errors in 108 games, good for a .967 fielding percentage, earning Defensive Player of the Year.
Outfielder Sam Hilliard, called up by the Rockis last year, was voted FAN FAVORITE & POWER HITTER OF THE YEAR after setting the Isotopes single-season record for runs scored (109) and extra-base hits (71) to go along with 35 home runs and 101 RBI.
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (60-78) lost 4-2 at Fresno (Nationals). Drew Weeks (.284) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and triple, and Brian Mundell (.337) was 3-for-4 with a double. Matt Pierpont (2-2, 2.05) suffered the loss, giving up two runs in three innings in relief of Nelson Gonzalez, who allowed two runs on one hit and a walk, striking out six in five innings.
AA Hartford (35-35, 72-65) lost 4-1 at Binghamton (Mets). Vance Viscaino hit his seventh home run. Matt Dennis (5-4, 3.29) allowed two unearned runs in six innings and suffered the loss.
Advanced A Lancaster (33-35, 67-69) lost 6-3 at Lake Elsinore (Padres). Ryan Vilade (.302) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his 12th home run. Kyle Olliges (0-1, 6.35) allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk, striking out six in 3 1/3 innings.
A Asheville (37-31, 66-72) saw its Tragic Number for elimnation from the second-half title in the South Atlantic League Southern division with an 8-4 loss at Rome (Braves). Frederis Parra (3-5, 4.82) gave up six runs on nine hits, striking out one in 3 2/3 innings. John Cresto (.284) had a two-run single in the fourth-run third.
Short-season A Boise (11-25, 26-48) lost 10-3 against Hillsboro (Diamondbacks). Colten Hathcock (0-3, 7.59) allowed four runs on four hits and a walk, striking out one in 1 2/3 innings of relief Zak Baayoun (4.65), who pitched five shutout innings, walking one and striking out six.
Rookie Grand Junction (15-15, 34-34) won 5-4 against Rocky Mountain (Brewers). Bladimir Restituyo (.339) was 2-for-4 with three RBI, including his first home run, coming with a man on base. Jacob Kotyshock (2-1, 1.76) worked a shutout inning. Gavin Hollowell (5-7, 3.06) earned his seventh save, allowing one run on one hit, striking out one in one inning for his seventh save. Andrew Quezada (8.18) started and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, striking out one in 3 1/3 innings.