Karl Kauffmann, the right-handed ace of a Michigan team that advanced to the title game in the College World Series, has been assigned to the full-seson Class A Ashevile roster. Kauffman, the 77th player selected overall in the June draft, was the Rockies competitive balance draft between the second and third rounds, the highest drafted pitcher in the team's draft.
And the belief in Kauffmann is underscored by the fact he becomes the first of the 31 players the Rockies signed out of this draft who has been assigned above the short-season level.
Kauffmann has not been activated yet, but then he was the last of the Rockies draft choices to sign because of his involvement in the College World Series.
In Friday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (39-53) won 13-1 at El Paso (Padres). Sam Hilliard (.259) continued his power surge, going 3-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam. Hilliard has 26 home runs this season, six in the last eight games. Drew Weeks (.248) had two hits in the Isotopes seven-run second inning. Jeff Hoffman (5-5, 7.46) picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits, striking out seven in five innings.
AA Hartford (9-12, 46-42) lost 4-2 against New Hampshire (Toronto). Jack Wynkoop (6-10, 3.15) gave up four runs on seven hits, striking out five in seven innings. Colton Welker (.259) was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Alan Trejo (.255) hit his 12th home run.
Advance A Lancaster (14-9, 48-43) won 5-2 against Stockton (A's). Garrett Schilling (7-4, 3.90) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four in seven innings. Tommy Doyle (2.59) earned his 15th save. Ryan Vilade (.279) had a double, single and sacrifice fly, driving in three runs. Luis Castro (.308) was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and RBI.
A Asheville (11-11, 40-52) won 3-1 against Augusta (Giants), the Tourists' eighth win in 12 games. Colten Schmidt (4-4, 2.16) allowed one run on five hits, striking out seven in six innings. PJ Poulin (2.74) worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Willie MacIver (.236) was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI.
Short-season A Boise (13-15) lost 12-3 against Hillsboro (D-backs), its third loss in a row. Bladimir Restituyo (.295) was 2-for-5 with two RBI, and Aaron Schunk (.312) was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Breiling Eusebio (1-2, 6.63) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out one, in one inning.
Rookie Grand Junction (14-12) lost 5-4 against Great Falls (White Sox). Christian Koss (.447), the Rockies 12th-round draft choice out of Cal Irvine, was 3-for-3 with a run scored and RBI. Cayden Hatcher (2-3, 4.87) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out four, in three innings.