GJ Rox Class Of 2014
There were 42 players who suited up for the Grand Junction Rockies in 2014. Of the 42, nine are no longer in baseball. We take a look at who is still playing and where they are now.
In his second year of professional baseball, Omar Carrizales spent 2014 with the Grand Junction Rockies. He moved up to Asheville in 2015 and split the 2016 season between Modesto and Hartford. He spent the majority of the season with the Nuts but while with the Yard Goats, he compiled a .250 batting average over 21 games with four RBIs and five stolen bases.
Luis Castro spent 2013 with the Dominican Summer League Rockies with teammate Omar Carrizales before the pair both came to Grand Junction the next season. Castro has spent the past two seasons with the Boise Hawks. In 2016, he had a .255 batting average with six home runs and 27 RBIs.
Nate Causey played three games with Asheville in 2015 but spent the majority of the season with the Boise Hawks. He was released from the Rockies organization in April 2016. However, Causey played in independent baseball this season with the Traverse City Beach Bums. He compiled a .208 batting average with seven RBIs in 13 games.
Yonathan Daza has worked his way up the minor league ladder and split 2016 between Asheville and Modesto. He spent the majority of the season with Asheville playing in 119 games with a .307 batting average with 35 doubles and 58 RBIs.
Max George spent the 2016 season in Asheville after moving up through the minors. He played in 111 games with a batting average of .248 with 25 doubles, eight home runs, and 39 RBIs.
Luis Jean played in Asheville in 2015 before spending the 2016 season with the Modesto Nuts. In 2016, he had a .235 batting average with 24 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
Wesley Jones is another played who spent two seasons with the Grand Junction Rockies both in 2013 and 2014. He has spent the past two seasons with the Boise Hawks. During the 2016 season, he compiled a .302 batting average with 30 RBIs.
Hamlet Marte has worked his way up one level the past seasons and spent 2016 with the Asheville Tourists. While with the club, he posted a .237 batting average with six home runs and 32 RBIs.
Teammate Terry McClure also spent 2016 with Asheville. He posted a .209 batting average with two home runs and 28 RBIs.
Dom Nunez stopped in Asheville during the 2015 season but spent 2016 with the Modesto Nuts. He batted .241 on the season with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs.
Kevin Padlo split the 2015 season between Boise and Asheville. On January 28, 2016, Padlo and Corey Dickerson were traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Jake McGee and German Marquez. Padlo spent 2016 with the Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods where he hit .229 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs.
Roberto Ramos spent parts of three seasons in Grand Junction including 2016. He split 2016 playing 13 games in Grand Junction and 19 games in Modesto. While in Modesto, he hit .231 with two home runs and nine RBIs.
Randy Reyes played for Asheville during the 2015 season but was released from the Rockies organization on March 30, 2016. He played two games with the independent Joplin Blasters in 2016.
Denzel Richardson spent part of 2014 and 2015 with Grand Junction. He was released from the Rockies organization on June 23, 2015. However, he has continued playing independent baseball. He split 2016 with the Joliet Slammers and the Evansville Otters. While with the Otters, he compiled a .245 batting average with five home runs and 23 RBIs.
Wes Rogers played in Grand Junction in 2014 and for 10 games in 2015. But he has continued to work his way up playing the majority of 2015 in Asheville. He spent 2016 with Modesto compiling a .255 batting average with five home runs, 48 RBIs, and 43 stolen bases.
Wilson Soriano has advanced through the Rockies system rather quickly. He played at three levels of baseball in 2014. Soriano spent 2015 in Modesto and split the 2016 season between Modesto and Hartford. While with the Yard Goats, he batted .317 and slugging .383 with seven RBIs in 20 games.
Teammate Troy Stein has had a similar path. He also split time in Modesto in both 2015 and 2016 before landing in Hartford. In three games with Hartford, he went 3–8 with two doubles and a stolen base.
Forrest Wall worked his way up to Modesto in 2016 hitting .264 with 16 doubles, four triples, six home runs, and 56 RBIs.
Yoely Bello spent 2015 in Asheville and 2016 in Modesto. This season, he appeared in 32 games with a 1–1 record and 6.94 ERA with 26 strikeouts.
Taylor Black was with Grand Junction in 2014 and Boise in 2015 until he was released on August 12, 2015. He then signed with the Grand Prairie AirHogs. Black continued playing in indy ball in 2016 with the Gary SouthShore RailCats. He compiled a record of 7–6 in 33 games with a 4.99 ERA and 34 strikeouts.
Alec Crawford was in Grand Junction for 2014 and part of 2015. He also spent time with Asheville during the 2015 season but he was released from the Rockies on January 5, 2016. Crawford spent the 2016 season in indy ball playing with the St. Paul Saints. This season Crawford compiled a 2–3 record in 10 appearances with a 9.66 ERA and 21 strikeouts.
Kyle Freeland has climbed the minor league ladder quickly already reaching Triple-A in 2016. While with Albuquerque this season, he has compiled a 6–3 record in 12 appearances with a 3.91 ERA and 57 strikeouts.
Sam Howard has worked his way up steadily advancing a level each season. He spent 2016 with the Hartford Yard Goats compiling a 5–6 record in 16 appearances with a 3.99 ERA and 67 strikeouts.
Alec Kenilvort split the 2016 campaign between Boise and Asheville. While with the Tourists, he made 22 appearances leading to a 3–1 record with a 5.62 ERA and 24 strikeouts.
James Lomangino spent 2015 in Asheville but was released on March 26, 2016. Like several of his former teammates, he spent the season playing in independent baseball. Lomangino made 29 appearances for the Long Island Ducks in 2016 with no decisions, one save, a 3.09 ERA, and 35 strikeouts.
Marc Magliaro spent the majority of 2014 with Grand Junction but also pitched for Tri Cities and Asheville. He didn’t play in 2015 and split the 2016 campaign between Boise and Modesto. In 11 appearances for Modest, he had an 0–2 record with a 6.91 ERA and eight strikeouts.
Harrison Musgrave is another Grand Junction player who has already made it up to Triple-A. In 2016, he spent time with Hartford and Albuquerque. While with the Isotopes, he made 19 appearances compiling a 8–7 record with a 4.30 ERA and 79 strikeouts.
Javier Palacios spent 2016 with the Asheville Tourists. While there, he appeared in 34 games with a 1–6 record, 6.51 ERA, and 33 strikeouts. He was released on October 3, 2016.
Matt Pierpont has moved up a level each season and was with Hartford in 2016. In 39 appearances, he had a 7–2 record, a 2.94 ERA, and 72 strikeouts.
Carlos Polanco was with Modesto in 2016 pitching in 18 games. He compiled a 2–7 record with a 4.57 ERA.
Cristian Quintin spent the 2016 season in Asheville pitching in 41 games compiling a record of 4–5 with a 4.09 ERA and 50 strikeouts.
Alex Rodriguez was with the Grand Junction Rockies in 2014 but was released on October 22,2014. He was picked up by the Tampa Bay Rays and assigned to their Dominican Summer League team the past two seasons. He was also converted from a pitcher to a first baseman. In 2016, he had a .249 batting average with 27 RBIs. However, the Rays released him on August 30, 2016.
Craig Schlitter spent 2016 in Modesto and compiled a 2–2 record in 38 appearances recording a save with a 4.26 ERA and 66 strikeouts.