Player: Drew Beuerlein
Jersey Number: 14
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Height, Weight: 6-0, 205
Best Baseball Memory: Winning the 2009 Northwoods League championship.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: 2009 Northwoods championship.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Javier Lopez. Great catcher and great teammate.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: Parents, because of their hard work and dedication.
Favorite Food: Anything healthy.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Chicken.
Off-field hobbies: Play guitar. Wrote a book called “Catching Grace.”
Favorite Book: The Bible.
Drew Beuerlein was in the right place at the right time.
The catcher was released by the Los Angeles Angels after the 2010 season, which he spent with the Angels’ clubs in the Arizona League, Pioneer League (Orem) and five games in Class A in the Midwest League (Cedar Rapids). He hit a combined .263 that year with two home runs and 15 RBI.
After a year out of pro baseball, he caught on as a bullpen catcher with the Rockies this spring when several pitchers reported earlier than enough catchers to work with them.
He did well enough that the Rockies signed him to a free-agent contract in late February and after extended spring training assigned him to Grand Junction.
“(Orem) is an established program, but coming here, it’s cool being on the other end of it, coming here and opening up a team and being able to see a community being so excited for baseball being in Grand Junction,” he said.
His defensive stats in 2010 were solid, with only one error and four passed balls in 24 games behind the plate.
His father, John Beuerlein, uncle, Ed Beuerlein, and cousin, Tyler Beuerlein, have all been catchers in pro baseball.
“I tease them all the time that we had no other gloves in the house, so I was kind of forced to be a catcher,” he said.
His second cousin, Steve Beuerlein, played in the NFL from 1988 to 2003, the final two as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos
Being released after only one year, though, wasn’t what he was expecting, but he took it in stride. He played senior men’s league baseball last year in Scottsdale, Ariz., until he got his second chance at baseball.
“That was definitely an eye-opener,” he said. “Nothing is guaranteed. Every day is not guaranteed. Something can be snatched from you just like that.
“Coming here with so many younger guys and being an older guy, it’s kind of my job to let them know that and let them not take (for granted) every day.”