The Rockies have signed 18 of their top 31 selections -- including a competitive balance pick between the second and third rounds -- in the first-year player draft, and assigned them to either short-season A Boise or rookie Grand Junction.
The organization is expected to announce an agreement with first-round draft pick Michael Toglia, a first baseman from UCLA, at some point this week.
Seven of the signed players are on the Grand Junction roster, the other 11 were assigned to Boise.
In Saturday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (30-39) lost 4-1 to New Orleans (Marlins). Pat Valaika (.335) was 2-for-4 with an RBI-double in the fourth. Pat Dean (2-6, 7.91) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four, in seven innings. The Isotopes have lost five in a row, matching the longest losing streak of the season.
AA Hartford (37-28) was rained out at Erie (Tigers). The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday.
High A Lancaster (33-24) won 5-4 in 10 innings against Inland Empire (Angels). Luis Castro (.303) hit his 16th home run with a man aboard in the sixth, and delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th. Garrett Schilling (3.56) started and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out nine, in seven innings. Nick Kennedy (1-2, 4.41) worked a scoreless 10th for the win.
Low A Asheville (29-40) lost 4-2 vs. Lakewood (Phillies). Niko Decolati (.304) homered in the seventh. Colten Schmidt (2-3, 1.69) suffered the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk, striking out seven, in 5 2/3 innings.
Short-season Boise (0-2) lost 5-4 in 10 innings at Salem-Keizer (A's), losing in extra innings for the second night in a row. Ezequiel Tovar (.375) was 2-for-5 with a home run. Trent Fennell (0-1, 0.00) suffered a blown save and the loss, allowing two unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (0-2) lost 12-11 at Ogden (Angels). Grand Junction native Owen Taylor (.667) made his debut, going 2-for-3, scoring two runs, driving in two runs, and hitting a home run in his first at-bat. Eddy Diaz (.400) was 3-for-6 with three runs scored, a double, two RBI and two stolen bases. Todd Isaacs (.500) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double and three RBI. Eric Hepple (0-1, 9.00), who opened the season at Low-A Asheville, gave up two runs, one earned, in one inning, suffering a blown save in addition to the loss. Anderson Amarista (6.75) started and allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits, two of which were home runs, and two walks, striking out one in four innings.