Six Yard Goats Named to Eastern League All-Star Team |
The Hartford Yard Goats, the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, boasts a talented roster, and the team is being rewarded with six players being named to the Eastern League All-Star team. Brendan Rodgers (PuRP No. 1), Peter Lambert (PuRP No. 4), Sam Hilliard (PuRP No. 17), Yonathan Daza (PuRP No. 19), Matt Pierpont (PuRP No. 43), and Rule 5 pick Mitch Horacek have all been given the honor.

Rodgers is leading the Eastern League in total bases and extra-base hits, as the consensus top Rockies prospect and former third overall pick continues to prove his worth for the organization. Lambert is having a remarkable season. Despite being the youngest player on the team (having just turned 21 on April 18), he leads the league in ERA (2.23), WHIP (0.99), and innings pitched (92 2/3). Hilliard and Daza are having impressive seasons as well, producing slash lines of .289/.357/.431 and .306/.335/.468, respectively. In his third season with Hartford, Pierpont, 27, leads the league in saves, with 21. And finally, Horacek has made good on the Rockies’ decision to select him as a Rule 5 pick. He has 47 strikeouts in 38 innings, to compliment a 2.37 ERA.

Fun fact: six of the first ten Yard Goats that were selected to the All-Star teams in 2016 and 2017 have already made their Major League debuts.

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