Matthes regaining 2011 form in the desert
Rockies slugger collects two hits, two walks as Rafters, Desert Dogs share stalemate
Twelve months ago, Colorado prospect Kent Matthes used the hitter-friendly Class A Advanced California League to garner the attention of the Rockies' front office.
Now he's hoping to do the same with a strong showing in the talent-laden Arizona Fall League.
The 25-year-old outfielder, selected in the fourth round of the 2009 Draft out of the University of Alabama, went 2-for-3 with a double, a pair of walks and two runs scored as the Salt River Rafters played to a 3-3 stalemate with the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Tuesday.
Matthes doubled and scored in the second inning, struck out in the fourth, walked in the sixth and eighth and singled in the 10th at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander is now batting .333 with three multi-hit games in five Fall League starts.
Matthes, the MVP of the California League with the Modesto Nuts in 2011, hit .214 with 17 homers and 40 RBIs in 94 Texas League outings with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers this year.
On Monday, Oakland second-rounder Yordy Cabrera, ranked No. 16 on the A's top prospects list, gave Phoenix an early lead with a two-run homer to left field in his first Fall League at-bat in the second.
Blue Jays catcher Sean Ochinko halved the deficit with an RBI single to score Matthes from third base in the bottom of the inning, but MLB.com's No. 17 prospect Christian Yelich drove home Edward Salcedo -- who legged out a one-out triple to right field -- to make it a two-run game.
The lead held up until the sixth inning, when consecutive walks and a passed ball put the tying runs in scoring position. Toronto fourth-rounder Ryan Goins then singled home Matthes, and Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Salt River moved to 4-2-1 with the tie, while Phoenix snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 2-4-1.
Dogs starter Zeke Spruill allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two batters over three innings in his second start of the year.
In his debut, the 23-year-old Atlanta farmhand -- a midseason Southern League All-Star with Double-A Mississippi -- surrendered one unearned run over 2 1/3 innings against the Scorpions.
Chase Anderson started for Salt River and allowed two runs on two hits and a pair of walks. He recorded four strikeouts over three innings of work, but he did not factor in the decision.
Ashley Marshall is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.