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.”
Josh Mueller, P, Class AA Tulsa
He had a strong finish last year after injuries forced him to begin the 2012 season in Grand Junction.
Now, Josh Mueller is pitching productive innings in Double A ball.
Mueller is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 games in relief this season. He has allowed six earned runs on 19 hits in 22 1/3 innings.
He has not allowed a run in his past seven appearances, dating back to June 9.
In his most recent outing, Mueller relieved starter Chad Bettis in the seventh inning, just after the Drillers took a 5-4 lead.
He gave up a one-out hit, but the runner was caught stealing.
Mueller started his career with the Colorado Rockies with the Class A short-season Tri-City (Wash.) Dust Devils in 2010. He was promoted to Class A Asheville (N.C.) in 2011 and thew 106 innings.
In 2012, he began in Class A Advanced Modesto (Calif.), but a shoulder injury sent him to Grand Junction on a rehab assignment.
After six starts in six appearances, he returned to Modesto for the rest of the season.
Patrick Johnson, P, Asheville: The right-handed relief pitcher has limited opponents to one run on three hits in his past nine appearances for the Tourists. When he allowed a run in his most recent outing, it ended a streak of eight straight appearances without allowing a run.
Johnson is 3-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 23 games this season, all in relief. He’s allowed nine earned runs on 18 hits in 26 innings pitched.
Opponents are hitting .196 against him.