DENVER -- After stumbling to a .214 batting average at Double-A Tulsa, highly-touted outfield prospect Kent Matthes has put up a .279 battng average with four home runs, four doubles and 13 RBIs in his first 16 Arizona Fall League games for the Salt River Rafters. Matthes had an oblique strain late in the year with Tulsa. He did manage 17 home runs and hit well in July before sustaining the injury. The Rockies hope the next step for Matthes, a fourth-round Draft pick out of Alabama in 2009 and the Class A California League MVP in 2011, is to show consistency over time against top competition.
"It's a nice thing that he is facing really good pitching and he's doing well right now, but it is what it is," Rockies player development director Jeff Bridich said. "Hopefully he is in a good frame of mind and this sets him up for a strong Spring Training next year."