Roling to start season in Class AA

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Former Central High School baseball standout Kiel Roling was assigned Thursday to open the season with the Colorado Rockies’ Class AA club, the Tulsa Drillers, Roling told the Daily Sentinel.

“Being able to skip a level is an awesome feeling,” Roling said. “I’m looking forward to it. Coming off last year, I felt like I proved I deserve it.”

Roling, 23, is skipping the Rockies’ Class A Advanced team, the Modesto Nuts, in his third season of professional baseball. He’s coming off an outstanding season with the Class A Asheville Tourists last year.

The first baseman and designated hitter led the South Atlantic League in batting average (.331), slugging percentage (.593) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.994) and was chosen the Rockies’ minor league hitter of the year by MLB.com. He hit 20 home runs and had 66 RBI.

Roling played one year at Central Arizona College before transferring to Arizona State.

He was a sixth-round draft choice by the Rockies as a catcher in 2008, but was moved to first base and designated hitter.

Tulsa opens at home Thursday against Corpus Christi.


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