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Tauchman, Fuentes coming up big for Topes

Brandon Ortega
May 21, 2018 06:35 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Pacific Coast League named Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Mike Tauchman player of the week.

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Through six games, Tauchman hit a batting average of .417 with five home runs, eight runs scored and 27 total bases. That's on top of his eight RBIs, which is tied for most in the PCL.

Tauchman has eight homers since rejoining the Isotopes back on April 22.

Another isotope having a strong year is infielder Josh Fuentes. He's the cousin of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.

The Southern California native's pro career was almost over before it even started. Fuentes went undrafted coming out of college at Missouri Baptist.

At that time, he contemplated never playing baseball again until his uncle got him a tryout with the Rockies. Fuentes made the most of that opportunity, and the Rockies signed up as an undrafted free agent.

Since 2014, Fuentes has quickly worked his way up from rookie ball to his first season in Triple A with the Isotopes. Now he's one step away from the big leagues.

"If you would have asked me five years ago 'Hey you. Would be in Triple? A' five years ago I would have thought you were crazy," he said. "And it's been such an experience. Hardship for sure, coming from rookie ball, undrafted, you've got to work your way up. You don't just get playing time, so just from that I think it's made me into a better ball player and a better person. Hey, you know, nothing is handed to you. You've got to work for it."

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