Rookie Dish: Hollingsworth’s Best Start Yet

Prospect of the Day

Capser (Rockies) righthander Ethan Hollingsworth delivered his best outing of the year in a victory over Idaho Falls Tuesday. The former Western Michigan Bronco threw five shutout innings, allowing just four hits as Casper cruised to a 5-0 victory. Hollingsworth struck out eight without issuing a walk. The strong outing comes on the heels of several poor outings from the highly regarded righthander. Hollingsworth had given up four or more runs in each of his past three outings, none of which lasted more than six innings, entering Tuesday’s start.

Prospect Nuggets

AZL Brewers righthander Jake Odorizzi suffered the first loss of his pro career to the AZL Giants on Tuesday. Odorizzi entered the game in the sixth inning and pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run and one hit. The first supplemental round pick struck out three and gave up one walk. . .GCL Tigers outfielder Alexis Espinoza showed a flash of his potential in Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over the GCL Blue Jays. Espinzoa belted his second home run of the year, along with his fourth double. The rightfielder, who is batting .229 on the year, was 3-for-4 on the day with four RBIs. . .The GCL Marlins cruised to a 14-0 win over the GCL Cardinals thanks, in part, to their two biggest stars. First round pick Kyle Skipworth was 2-for-6 on the day, picking up his third double of the year. The catcher also had a pair of RBI and runs scored. Centerfielder Issac Galloway notched a double and two runs scored in a 3-for-5 day. . .It wasn’t such a great day for Phillies first round pick Anthony Hewitt as the enigmatic prospect went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts. . . First-round pick and GCL Twins centerfielder Aaron Hicks is quietly having a very solid summer. Hicks picked up his fourth double of the year Tuesday, going 1-for-2 in a 4-3 loss to the GCL Pirates. . .Casper (Rockies) catcher Wilin Rosario continued his tear through Pioneer League pitching with a triple in Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Idaho Falls. Rosario was 1-for-3 in the game, also notching his 27th RBI of the season. . .Orem (Angels) Angel Castillo moved into sole possession of the Pioneer League home run lead with a 2-for-5 night on Tuesday as Orem outslugged Ogden 14-7. Castillo also had a double in the contest, his tenth of the year. . .Great Falls (White Sox) shortstop Tyler Kuhn raised his average to .378 with a 3-for-5 day on Tuesday, including his fifth triple of the year.

What to Watch for Today

The Appalachian League will return to action after a day off on Tuesday. The marquee matchup will be the opening of a series between Pulaski (Mariners) and Danville (Braves). Danville traditionally has ruled the East Division of the Appalachian League, but enter the series trailing Pulaski by 3.5 games.