Minor League Baseball is back!
Hello and welcome to the 2021 edition of Pebble Reports! Like 2019, Pebble Reports will be published once per week on Mondays with a level-by-level update on standout prospect performances. Daily scores and PuRP highlights will continue to be included in Rockpiles, but weekly individual performances will be highlighted in the Monday Pebble Reports.
Remember that the realignment of the minor leagues means that the Rockies will only have four full-season affiliates — Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, High-A Spokane Indians, and Low-A Fresno Grizzlies — plus two Dominican Summer League teams. Read Adam Peterson’s full analysis of the new minor league format here.
Full coverage will start next Monday, May 10. For now, here’s a look toward the first games of the minor league season, as well as how the rosters are shaping up.
Start Dates and Times:
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats @ Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF), 4:35pm MDT
Class A Advanced: Spokane Indians vs. Eugene Emeralds (SF), 7:30pm MDT
Class A: Fresno Grizzlies @ San Jose Giants (SF), 7:30pm MDT
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (HOU), 6:35pm MDT
The Isotopes’ roster can be found here. Notable PuRPs include:
- Ryan Vilade (No. 3 PuRP)
- Colton Welker (No. 5 PuRP)
- Antonio Santos (No. 21 PuRP)
- José Mujica (No. 29 PuRP)
Hartford Yard Goats
The Yard Goats’ roster can be found here. Notable PuRPs include:
The Indians’ roster can be found here. Notable PuRPs include:
- Michael Toglia (No. 4 PuRP)
- Aaron Schunck (No. 6 PuRP)
- Chris McMahon (No. 7 PuRP)
- Helcris Olivarez (No. 10 PuRP)
- Karl Kauffmann (No. 11 PuRP)
- Brenton Doyle (No. 12 PuRP)
- Eddy Diaz (No. 14 PuRP)
- Ryan Feltner (No. 25 PuRP)
- Riley Pint (No. 30 PuRP)
- Willie MacIver (HM PuRP)
- Niko Decolati (HM PuRP)
The Grizzlies’ roster can be found below:
It’s official! Check out your newest Fresno Grizzlies ⚾️
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) April 30, 2021
Notable PuRPs include:
- Zac Veen (No. 2 PuRP)
- Drew Romo (No. 8 PuRP)
- Grant Lavigne (No. 9 PuRP)
- Sam Weatherly (No. 17 PuRP)
- Will Ethridge (No. 23 PuRP)
- Bladimir Restituyo (No. 26 PuRP)
- Mitchell Kilkenny (No. 27 PuRP)
- Ezequiel Tovar (No. 28 PuRP)
- Breiling Eusebio (HM PuRP)
How to Watch
Most games will be available to stream on milb.tv.
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Minor League Baseball is back, everybody!