Dom Nunez turned down a scholarship to UCLA to sign with the Rockies as a sixth-round draft choice out of Elk Grove (Ca.) High School in 2013. The Rockies were excited about his athleticsim, defensive ability and his offense.
Nunez has been the top defensive catcher in the organization since the day he signed. The offense, however, was slow coming around. Nunez came into this season with a .239 average in his four full minor league seasons.
This year, though, in addition to his defense Nunez has shown offensive life at AAA Albuquerque. in his first 17 games with the Isotopes he has hit .291, including a three-run home run in the Isotopes 7-1 win at Tacoma on Saturday.
In Saturday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (17-13) won 7-1 at Tacoma (Mariners). Jeff Hoffman allowed one run on two hits, walking two and striking out 10 in 5 2/3 innings in his second strong effort in a row. Jairo Diaz (0.56) extended his scoreless streak out of the bullpen to 15 innings. No. 1 Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers (.345) went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Roberto Ramos (.301) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
AA Hartford (15-15) won 3-1 in 10 innings at New Hampshire (Blue Jays). Ben Bowden worked a scores ninth for his league-leading ninth save, lowering his ERA to .213. Heath Holder (2-1, 2.00) worked two perfect innings in relief, striking out three, for the win. Ty Culbreth (3.13) started and allowed three hits, striking out eight, in six shutout innings. Manuel Melendez (.245) delivered the game-winning, two-run double in the 10th.
High A Lancaster (16-14) won 6-3 against Lake Elsinore (Padres) Sean Bouchard (.272) was 4-for-4 with four doubles, a run scored and stolen base. Matt McLaughlin (.277) hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot. Matt Dennis (2-2, 7.88) earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out six in five innings. Salvador Justo (4.97) worked a perfect 10th for his first save.
Low A Asheville (10-18) lost 4-1 against Delmarva (Orioles), which has won 22 of 26 games after Terrin Vavra had what would have been a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth overruled, and called a foul ball. Colten Schmidt (0-1, 3.86) allowed two runs in five innings, striking out three, and was charged with the loss.