The Rockies, adding depth to the AAA Albuquerque staff, have acquired pitchers Pat Dean and Tim Melville from the independent Atlantic League.
Dean, who was 2-0 with the Long Island Ducks, allowing one run in 12 innings, walking three and striking out 13. A fourth-round draft choice of the Royals in 2008, Dean was 0-2 with an 11.05 ERA in six big-league appearances, three starts, in 2016 (Reds) and 2017 (Twins and Padres). He has pitched in the minor leagues with the Royals, Reds, Twins, Padres, Tigers and Orioles.
Melville, a third-round draft choice of the Twins in 2006, was 1-6 with a 6.28 ERA in 19 games, nine starts, at the big-league level in 2016. He spent the last two years in Korea, and after going to spring training with the Twins this year signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. He was 1-0 in two starts for Southern Maryland, allowing one run on 11 hits and two walks in 11 innings. He struck out 15.
Dean made his debut at AAA Albuquerque on Thursday, suffering the 5-2 loss at El Paso. Melville is on the Reserve List.
In Thursday’s Games:
AAA Albuquerque (18-17) lost 5-2 at El Paso (D-backs). Dean (0-1, 5.40) came on after Jake McGee (sprained left knee) worked a scoreless first inning in his first rehab assignment. McGee was placed on the Injured List April 2. He will make two more appearances for the Isotopes before rejoining the Rockies in Philadelphia next weekend. Fellow lefty Scott Rusin, also on a rehab assignment, allowed two unearned runs on a hit and two walks, striking out one in one inning. It was his second rehab assignment. He also is expected to join the Rockies in Philadelphia week. Yonathan Daza (.393) was 3-for-5 with a run scored, and Pat Valaika (.354) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.
AA Hartford (18-16) won 7-3 at Reading (Phillies). Brandon Gold (3-2, 4.45) allowed three runs on four hits, striking out five, and also hit a home run. Heath Holder (1.71) worked three perfect innings, striking out one, for his second save. Vince Fernandez (.277) was 1-for-2 with his sixth home run, two runs scored, two RBI and two walks. Alan Trejo (.311) was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run, a three-run shot in the eighth. Brian Severn (.169) hit his third home run, giving the Yard Goats a 4-3 lead in the seventh.
High A Lancaster (19-15) won 7-2 at Stockton (A’s). Ryan Rollison (2-0, 1.52) made his third starts since being promoted from Low-A Asheville. The Rockies first-round draft a year ago allowed one run on five hits and a walk, striking out four in six innings. Ryan Vilade (.275) was 3-for-3 with a run scored, two walks and an RBI. Joel Diaz (.316) was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Low A Asheville (11-21) lost 6-2 at Hickory (Rangers). Right-hander Shelby Lackey (1-3, 5.18) allowed three runs on six hits, striking out seven in five innings. Daniel Montano (.262) was 1-for-4 with a double, the Tourists only extra-base hit among four hits.