High-A outfielder Kyle Parker, playing DH on Saturday, belted his 21st homer of the season. His power has not been top shelf but it has played well since being drafted. Double-A will be a challenge next season but Parker is profiling as a big-league starter with solid HR punch, say 20-24 homers a season.
Christian Bergman threw eight shutout innings, fanning eight, walking none and allowing only two hits. While Bergman has won 15 games this season he had been beat up lately, surrendering 17 runs combined in his last two starts, prompting me to think out loud and wonder if Bergman had a dead arm or was hurt. I guess he's not hurt. He's struggled in August (6.35 ERA) but looked sterling Saturday.
Low-A third baseman Sam Mende homered for the third time in five games and now has 12 round-trippers on the season. I was high on him coming into the season but injury and adjustment have been issues. I'd keep following him though. I like his power, talent and grit.
Grand Junction pitcher Jayson Aquino allowed two runs, one earned in six innings to lower his ERA to 2.05 in five starts. The smallish (5-11, 170) Dominican lefty has been very competitive in his debut season in the United States.
Grand Junction second baseman Matt Wessinger is an interesting talent. He's hitting .295 with 21 steals but also has committed 21 errors. He doesn't flash much power but he's a bear at the plate and plays hard. Looks the part of over-achiever.