Brian Rike bio
Player: Brian Rike
Jersey Number: 20
Hometown: Rosenberg, Texas
Height, Weight: 6-2, 200
Best Baseball Memory: Being drafted; walk-off home run.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Being drafted in the second round of 2007; becoming an all-star at Ashville.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Ken Griffey Jr. — pretty swing.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: Parents — always supportive.
Favorite Food: Crawfish or a huge steak.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Breakfast food.
Off-field hobbies: Golf, sleep.
Favorite Movie or Book: Movie: “Harry Potter.” Book: “Lone Survivor.”
Two months ago, Rike began his conversion from and outfielder to a pitcher.
It seems the lefty who was selected in the second round of the 2007 draft is the right guy for the mission.
“He’s taking on this challenge better than anyone could expect,” Rockies pitching coach Ryan Kibler said. “He’s got a great arm. And he’s just a quick learner. If you’re going to have a guy that’s got a shot to do this, it’d be a guy like Brian Rike.”
Rike had been in Scottsdale, Ariz. He rarely pitched in high school.
“I’m definitely getting the rust off,” he said, “but it’s coming together.”
He also has to get his arm, which is used to throwing to basemen and cut-off men, in pitching shape.
“He has a great arm, and a pitcher’s body,” Kibler said. “He has a great mentality for (pitching), too, and a lot of confidence.”
Rike, 26, spent last season at Double A Tulsa, hitting .252 with 13 home runs in 250 at-bats.
He was born in Ruston, La. and drafted by the Rockies out of Louisiana Tech University.
And he seems to love Grand Junction.
“It’s unbelievable,” Rike said. “The stadium is unbelievably nice. Everybody just did a fantastic job of getting this (stadium) set up for everybody.”