On Wednesday, in a game that at times resembled a home run derby, the Rockies' No. 4 prospect, Rosell Herrera, hit his first two long balls of the season. But they weren't enough to secure a victory, as Class A Advanced Modesto lost, 19-6, at Bakersfield.
Herrera, ranked No. 85 on MLBPipeline.com's list of Top 100 Prospects, finished 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. It was his first career multihomer game.
Herrera was the 2013 South Atlantic League MVP after hitting .343 with 16 home runs and 21 stolen bases for Class A Asheville. But he struggled early this season, limited by wrist injuries that kept him sidelined for more than a month. He returned to the Modesto lineup on May 31 and, in 10 games since, is hitting .400/.455/.600.
Overall, he is hitting .313/.347/.393 in 28 games this season.
Herrera's home runs were just two of eight hit in Wednesday's game. Bakersfield first baseman Marquez Smith and outfielder Jesse Winker, the Reds' No. 3 prospect and No. 91 overall, also launched a pair.
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