Two former GJ Rockies charged with rape in North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A judge has told two members of the Asheville Tourists baseball team they could face life in prison without parole after being charged in the rape of a woman in their apartment.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported 23-year-old relief pitchers Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux made their first appearances Friday in Buncombe County District Court.

The two are charged by police with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sex offense.

Both players, who pitched for the Grand Junction Rockies last season, have been suspended by the Colorado Rockies’ organization.

Judge Calvin Hill agreed with a prosecution request that the defendants be required to remain in Buncombe County pending further court orders.

Meaux, from Glendale, Calif., and drafted out of the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2011, posted $100,000 bond and was released from the Buncombe County jail Friday. Attorney James Minick declined to discuss the case, as did his client.

Mason, from Maumee, Ohio, and drafted out of Marshall University in 2012, remains in jail and appeared in court by a video link. He told the court he also has an attorney.

Arrest reports released by police say the incident occurred July 27.

The Colorado Rockies, Asheville’s parent club, said both teams are working with authorities.

“The Colorado Rockies and their affiliate, the Asheville Tourists, are aware of the arrests and the very serious allegations made against two players, Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux,” a statement from the Colorado Rockies said. “Each organization is shocked and deeply concerned about the allegations. At this time, the players have been suspended as the investigation and legal process continue.

“We are working with the authorities investigating the circumstances and issues surrounding the events and are awaiting further details and findings. Given that this is an ongoing legal investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment or speculate any further.”

Meaux has been on the disabled list since May 24 with a shoulder injury. Mason had made 21 relief appearances this season. Both were on the inactive list before their arrest.


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