Editor’s note: Each week this summer, The Daily Sentinel will catch up with some of the 2012 Grand Junction Rockies who have moved up the organizational ladder, updating how their seasons are going. To check on your favorite former GJ Rockies player, go to coloradorockies.com and click on the “Roster” link, then go to “Minor League Affiliates.”
JOHENDI JIMINIAN, P, CLASS A TRI-CITY
It took awhile last summer for Johendi Jiminian to acclimate to living in the United States.
The young pitcher from the Dominican Republic was understandably nervous in his first few starts, but as the season progressed, he settled into professional baseball.
During extended spring training, he excelled, Grand Junction manager Anthony Sanders said, pitching well and earning a roster spot at Tri-City in Class A (short season).
He’s 0-2 with a 3.80 ERA in Pasco, Wash., but his strikeouts are up (17) and walks are down (5) in his 23 2/3 innings of work. He’s started four games for the Dust Devils and had his longest outing, seven innings, on June 26 against Everett. He allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one, giving up two runs in a 2-0 loss.
Matt Wessinger, 3B, Asheville: Wessinger is hitting .285 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 76 games with the Tourists. One of the Tourists’ biggest obstacles this past week was weather, with heavy rain washing out games on July 3 and July 4.
On May 31, Wessinger hit a solo home run in the 12th inning to give the Tourists a 3-2 victory at Greenville.
Michael Ramirez, C, Asheville: Ramirez is playing behind Tom Murphy, one of the club’s brightest catching prospects who is having a great season, hitting .329 and is No. 20 on the Rockies’ prospect list.
Ramirez is one of three other catchers on the club and has played in 17 games, hitting .232 with seven RBI.
Julian Yan, OF, Asheville: Yan is another former GJ Rockie who skipped short-season Class A ball and went to Asheville. He’s mainly playing right field and is hitting .197 in 51 games with 11 doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI.
Yan has hit a slump, with only one hit in his past eight games. In the two games before that, he was 4 for 8 with two home runs. He’s currently ranked No. 19 on the Rockies’ list of minor league prospects.