Cesar Galvez bio
Player: Cesar Galvez
Jersey Number: 6
Hometown: San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic
Height, Weight: 5-9, 160
Best Baseball Memory: When I stole 47 bases (in 2011 in Boca Chica).
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: 47 stolen bases.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Jose Reyes, because I like how he’s playing.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My mother.
Favorite Food: Rice, beans and chicken.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Rice and chicken.
Off-field hobbies: Relax.
Favorite Movie: “Shrek.”
Cesar Galvez is absorbing everything he can during his first trip to the United States.
“It feels comfortable here,” the soon-to-be 21-year-old middle infielder said before his first practice with the Grand Junction Rockies.
In only his third season of pro ball, the 2010 free agent signee out of San Pedro de Marcoris in the Dominican Republic used his speed to make a name for himself.
Last season at Boca Chica in the Dominican Summer League, the middle infielder stole 47 bases, the most in the entire Rockies organization, in 58 attempts.
“I want to play solid defense, make things happen and then steal bases,” he said through manager Tony Diaz as his interpreter.
He caught the Rockies’ attention in his teens.
“Around 15, 16, he was playing in tournaments and performing against guys who later would get signed, and that’s when he said he could play and play well and ‘I can do this,’ ” Diaz said.
Galvez said his goals were to stay healthy all season “and hopefully put up good numbers, so he can move up,” Diaz said.
Galvez hit .269 last season and drove in 26 runs in Boca Chica.
A shortstop by trade, he can play all four infield positions, and he did last season. He led Boca Chica in games played (68).