[MLB] RHP Gabriel Hughes Shines in First Career Cactus League Appearance
RHP Gabriel Hughes, the Rockies’ first-round draft pick (10th overall) in 2022, took the start for his first career Cactus League appearance … the 21-year-old faced the minimum through three innings while striking out four
(Denver = Wongeol Jeong) The Colorado Rockies took on the Los Angeles Angels in a Cactus League game on Sunday, with the Rockies coming away with a 5-1 victory. The game was highlighted by the impressive debut of right-handed pitcher Gabriel Hughes, the Rockies' first-round draft pick in 2023.
Hughes, who was selected 10th overall by the Rockies, took the mound for his first career Cactus League appearance. The 21-year-old did not disappoint, facing the minimum through three innings while striking out four batters. Hughes showcased his impressive repertoire of pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 96 mph, a sharp breaking ball, and a changeup that kept the Dodgers batters off balance.
The Rockies' bullpen continued the strong showing, holding the Dodgers scoreless until the ninth inning. RHP Connor Seabold, LHP Brad Hand, LHP Josh Rogers, and RHP Nick Mears each contributed one scoreless inning, before RHP Matt Koch came on to close the game. While Koch was tagged with one unearned run, the Rockies were able to hold on for the win.
Offensively, the Rockies were led by outfielder Brenton Doyle, who had a strong showing at the plate. Doyle went 2-for-3 with one double, two RBI, and a stolen base, marking his first multi-hit game of the Spring. Infielder Coco Montes also had a productive day, going 2-for-3 and adding a double.
Overall, it was an impressive performance by the Rockies, highlighted by the promising debut of Gabriel Hughes. While it is still early in Spring Training, the Rockies will be looking to build on this strong showing as they prepare for the upcoming season. If Hughes can continue to pitch at this level, he could be a valuable asset for the Rockies in the future.
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