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  • Rockies' Zac Veen: Bumped up Double-A

    The Rockies promoted Veen from High-A Spokane to Double-A Hartford on Tuesday. Veen tallied just six hits over his last 34 at-bats at the High-A level, but that won't deter the Rockies from moving him up the ranks. Chances are he will both finish the current campaign and begin the next one with Hartford. Veen concluded his time at Spokane with a .269/.368/.439 slash line to go with 11 home runs and 50 stolen bases in 400 plate appearances.
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  • Rockies' Zac Veen: Scuffling through power drought

    Veen is hitting a modest .257/.366/.396 with five home runs, 22 steals and a 32:52 BB:K through 52 games for High-A Spokane. He's been particularly rough with the bat over his last dozen games, hitting .195/.340/.244, though he does have eight steals in that span. Veen's legs have carried him even when his bat hasn't, as he's only been caught stealing a single time all season -- a huge improvement over the 17 times he was thrown out last year. Still, after he put up a .501 slugging percentage in Low-A in 2021, expectations for his power output were much higher than this. Veen still has plenty of prospect luster thanks to his speed, his plate discipline and his future home in Coors Field, but it'd be nice to see him start driving the ball more often.
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  • Rockies' Zac Veen: Earns Northwest League Honors

    Veen was named the Northwest League Player of the Week on Monday for his production with High-A Spokane, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports. Veen collected nine hits across 19 at-bats, tallying three doubles, one home run, three RBI and two walks across five games to earn the honors. Despite the impressive week, Veen has struck out at 35.1 percent clip across 57 plate appearances to begin the season, and he has struck out at least once in 12 of his 13 games. At just 20 years old, it's not particularly surprising that Veen still has holes in his game, and he still possesses a promising fantasy skill set highlighted by his ability to both hit for power and provide stolen bases.
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  • Rockies' Zac Veen: Swiping bags despite slow start

    Veen stole two more bases Sunday for High-A Spokane, giving him seven swipes in eight games this year. However, he's hitting just .138/.306/.138 with a 7:13 BB:K. That strikeout rate is rough, and Veen is still searching for his first extra-base knock this year, but it's good to see him swiping bags at a much better clip than last season, when he posted just a 67.9 percent success rate despite recording 36 steals. Those walks are a positive sign, too, and we should see him hit the ball with more authority as the season wears on. Just 20 years old, Veen is still probably two or three years away from the majors, so he has plenty of time to refine his approach at the dish.
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  • Rockies' Zac Veen: Monster game Tuesday

    Veen hit for the cycle -- including a grand slam -- and drove in a total of seven runs for Low-A Fresno against Modesto on Tuesday. Just another big game in what's been a big pro debut season for Veen, who's now hitting .309/.403/.532 with 15 homers, 30 steals, 72 RBI and 74 runs for Fresno. The grand slam went to the opposite field, highlighting just how much power the 19-year-old outfielder brings to the table. He's been on an absolute tear in August, hitting .429/.488/.729 for the month, so it's clear that Veen has nothing left to prove in Low-A. After a slow start to the season, he's been terrorizing opposing pitching. There are only two nits to pick from his monster stat line: Veen's been caught stealing 16 times, which is actually a rather poor success rate, and he's striking out at a 25.8 percent clip. But considering his age (and his already strong 12.8 percent walk rate), those aren't major causes for concern.
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  • Rockies' Zac Veen: Power surge continues

    Veen went 5-for-6 with a home run, two walks, five runs and three RBI for Low-A Fresno between the team's doubleheader games Saturday versus Stockton. In his first season in the professional ranks, Veen has made his biggest impact on the bases (27-for-37 success rate on stolen-base attempts) and with his on-base skills (.396 OBP), but the 6-foot-5, 200-pound outfielder's plus raw power is finally beginning to show up in games. After leaving the yard only four times in his first 57 games with Fresno, Veen has matched that total over the club's past four contests. Veen should be in line for a promotion to High-A Spokane before season's end.
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  • Rockies' Zac Veen: Big day at Low-A

    Veen went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBI, a run and two stolen bases Sunday in Low-A Fresno's 8-7 win over Visalia. When the Rockies selected him with the No. 9 overall pick in last summer's draft, Veen was touted mostly for his plus raw power and advanced approach at the plate, he's made his biggest impact on the basepaths in his first season of professional ball. Through 44 games and 202 plate appearances, Veen has already swiped 24 bags, though he's been thrown out seven times. The 19-year-old Veen will likely sacrifice more speed for power as he matures into his 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame, but his strong all-around skill set coupled with the fact that the Rockies boast the majors' most hitter-friendly home park makes him an intriguing player to track in dynasty leagues.
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