Farm Report: Right-hander Fennell, The Organization's Handyman on the Mound


Trent Fennell has become the Rockies Mr. Fix-It.

A 24th-round draft choice out of Barton College in Wilson, N.C., a year ago, Fennell has been with four of the Rockies six minor-league teams this season, ranging from short-season A Boise to Triple-A Albuquerque. His most recent appearance was as a starter for Class A Asheville on Sunday, and it was his least effective outing of the year. He gave up four runs in 3 2/3 innings of an 11-1 loss at Hickory.

While he hasn't shown up at Rookie Grand Junction this year, Fennell did make nine appearances -- all starts -- for the Rockies rookie league affiliate a year ago, compiling an ERA of 0.88. As a result, he has now pitched at all of the Rockies six minor league affiliates, except Double-A Hartford.

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In Sunday's Games:

AAA Albuquerque (45-62) lost 10-4 to Salt Lake City (Angels), extending its losing streak to four games. Ben Bowden (0-1, 7.15) suffered the loss in relief, allowing five runs, three earned, on five hits while retiring two batters. Tim Melville (5.56) started and allowed three runs on three hits and four walks, striking out 10 in six innings. Yonathan Daza (.369) was 5-for-5 with two runs scored and a double. Brian Mundell (.332) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and walk.

AA Hartford (15-22, 52-52) lost 9-4 to Akron (Indians). Jack Wynkoop (6-13, 3.85) allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out two in six innings. First baseman Luis Castro (.172), in his ninth game since being promoted from Advanced A Lancaster, hit his first home run.

Advanced A Lancaster (21-17, 55-51) lost 4-1 at Visalia (D-backs). Luke Morgan (.234) was 1-for-3 with an RBI-double. Colten Schmidt (1-1, 5.73) gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out six in six innings.

A Asheville (19-18, 48-39) lost 11-1 at Hickory (Rangers). While Fennell had his struggles on the mound, the Tourists only managed one run -- Coco Montes (.262) singled to open the fourth and scored on a double by Daniel Montano (.227).

Short-season A Boise (3-3, 18-26) won 5-3 against Hillsboro (D-backs). First-round draft pick Michael Toglia (.232) was 2-for-2 with a walk, doubling home second-round draft pick Aaron Schunk (.324) with the game-winning run in the eighth. Luke Chevalier (1.76) started and allowed one hit and walked one in five shutout innings. He struck out two. Regan Todd (2-1, 2.84) worked the final 1 2/3 innings, striking out three and being credited with the win.

Rookie Grand Junction (2-0, 21-19) was off.


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