Players to watch, promotions as Ogden Raptors begin 5-game homestand Saturday

Friday , June 22, 2018 - 6:27 PM

OGDEN — The Ogden Raptors begin their first big homestand of the young season Saturday, a five-game stretch where they welcome the Grand Junction Rockies and their soon-to-be-former-geographical rival Orem Owlz.

Ogden hosts Grand Junction on Saturday (7 p.m.), Sunday (4 p.m.) and Monday (7 p.m.), while Orem comes to town Tuesday and Wednesday, both at 7 p.m.

Here are some things to watch for the upcoming home games.

RAPTORS NOTES

Shortstop Ronny Brito is the lone Raptor who’s ranked in the Dodgers’ top 30 prospects by MLB.com. Brito, who rejoined the team earlier this week, is ranked No. 26. Brito came up from the Dominican Summer League, where he batted .400 in eight games with three doubles.

Through the first seven games, infielder Preston Grand Pre leads Ogden in hits (7) and is tied for the most doubles (3) and RBIs (4). Grand Pre, last year’s 24th-round pick by the Dodgers out of Cal, hit .264 in 17 games last year for the Arizona League Dodgers.

Pitcher Jose Chacin’s move from Low-A Great Lakes appears to be working out. In two appearances, Chacin has allowed one earned run with 10 strikeouts against just two walks. He could be a candidate to start on Monday or Tuesday, since he started June 15 and June 20.

By the time June 29 rolls around and the Raptors finish the second of a two-game road tilt at Orem, Ogden will have played the Owlz eight of the first 15 games of the year.

PROSPECTS, PICKS VISITING

The Colorado Rockies signed first-round pitcher Ryan Rolison (first round, Ole Miss), the 22nd overall pick in the draft, last week and assigned him to Grand Junction (4-3), Ogden’s Saturday through Monday foe. As of before Friday’s game against Idaho Falls, he had yet to make his debut with the team.

He’s not listed as a probable starter for any of the Ogden games; however, he could make his debut at Lindquist Field. 

Colorado has assigned two other top-10 round picks to Grand Junction: right-handed pitcher Jacob Bird (fifth round, UCLA) and third baseman Niko Decolati (sixth round, Loyola Marymount).

Nineteen-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Daniel Montano is ranked as the Rockies’ No. 18 prospect in their farm system. He was assigned to Grand Junction last week and was hitting .300 through the first five games.

One player who could make an appearance at Lindquist Field is Drew Weeks, a left fielder with triple-A Albuquerque who’s been rehabbing with Grand Junction. Weeks was hitting .341 through 21 games in triple-A this season.

Orem Owlz shortstop Kevin Maitan, the Los Angeles Angels’ No. 2-ranked prospect in their farm system according to MLB.com, is hitting .400 through the first six games for Orem. 

If that trend continues, Maitan, who played in rookie league all last year, might not be around Orem too much longer.

PROMOTIONAL EVENTS

This weekend is American First Credit Union weekend. If fans show an America First card on Saturday or Sunday, they get four free tickets. Saturday, June 23, is Date Night (the Raptors will pay for your date’s ticket if you buy your own), followed by Aloha Sunday when players are wearing Hawaiian-style jerseys.

Monday, the series finale with Grand Junction, is Mini-Monday. The first 500 people through the gates receive a free replica 2017 championship ring collector’s item.

Tuesday, the Orem series opener, the first 500 kids ages 12 and under receive a free whiffle bat. On Wednesday, the first 500 fans get a free Raptors poster.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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