Catching Up, July 13, 2013
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.”
BEN WALDRIP, 1B, CLASS A ASHEVILLE
Ben Waldrip had quite a debut in Class A Asheville last week.
After being called up from Class A (short season) Tri-City, Waldrip played his first game for the Tourists on Thursday in the second game of a doubleheader. Tied 2-2 against Delmarva in the bottom of the sixth inning of a seven-inning game, Waldrip came to the plate with two on and two out.
Waldrip, who was thrown out trying to stretch a base hit into a double in the fourth inning, hit a three-run home run to right field, giving the Tourists the 5-2 victory. He also recorded two of the three outs at first base in the seventh inning to help seal the win.
Through Friday night, he was 2 for 6 in two games for the Tourists, and he was in Saturday’s lineup.
The big first baseman started the season in Class A (short season) Tri-City, hitting .220 with three doubles in 22 games at Tri-City, in Pasco, Wash.
Also moving from Tri-City to Asheville recently was pitcher Jayson Aquino, who threw five innings in his debut for the Tourists with five strikeouts against Rome. He didn’t figure in the decision, but he has a 1.80 ERA for Asheville and a 2.89 ERA overall this season.
Outfielder Julian Yan, who had slumped in the past two weeks, was sent to Tri-City from Asheville on Wednesday. Through Friday night, he had not played in a game for the Dust Devils. On Saturday, Anthony Seise, P, was released from Tri-City.
Cesar Galvez, SS, Tri-City: Galvez, who hit .340 for the GJ Rockies last season but played only 13 games because of injuries, has started off slowly in Class A ball. He’s hitting .147 in 19 games. Defensively, he’s only made three errors at shortstop and likely will share playing time more now with Patrick Valakia, who signed after helping UCLA win the College World Series.
Jason Stoltz, 3B, Asheville: In 45 games, Stoltz has 10 doubles and 11 RBI, hitting .232 for the Tourists. On June 30, Stoltz went 2 for 3 and scored three runs in Asheville’s 9-7 loss to Augusta. He hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning to give the Tourists a 7-5 lead. Augusta scored four runs in the top of the ninth. Defensively, Stoltz has made only three errors at the hot corner.
Rayan Gonzalez, P, Asheville: In 32 appearances out of the bullpen, the right-hander is 1-2 with eight saves and a 3.47 ERA. He’s thrown 36 1/3 innings with 41 strikeouts and only 16 walks. Gonzalez saved the Tourists’ 3-2 win against Lexington in mid-June with a perfect ninth inning, striking out the first man he faced, then getting a soft liner to Stoltz at third and a groundout to second baseman Matt Wessinger, another former GJ Rockies teammate.