Former GJ Rockie Dahl sent back to extended spring training

David Dahl, who started his second professional season in Class A Asheville, has been “unassigned” and sent back to extended spring training after one game.

The Colorado Rockies’ first-round draft pick last year who was the Pioneer League’s Most Valuable Player, went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Thursday in the Tourists’ 3-0 win over the West Virginia Power. Friday afternoon, he was sent back to Scottsdale, Ariz.

Doug Maurer, the media relations manager for the Tourists, said in an email Friday to The Daily Sentinel that “David made some decisions that differed from the Rockies expectations” and was replaced on the roster by Derek Jones, who played for Tri-City last summer in short-season Class A.

Jay Alves, the Colorado Rockies’ vice president, said Friday in an email that “David made some recent decisions after which the organization felt it was appropriate to send him back to Scottsdale and Extended Spring Training.”

No other information about the move was released.

Tim Ray, the general manager of the Grand Junction Rockies, said Friday he had not heard about Dahl being sent back to Scottsdale.

Former Grand Junction ace Eddie Butler got the win in the Tourists’ season opener Thursday, allowing one hit and striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings. Rayan Gonzales and Raul Fernandez each pitched an inning of relief, with Fernandez striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his first save. Jason Stolz went 2 for 3 and Juan Ciriaco 1 for 3, driving in a run.

Friday, former GJ Rockies infielder Matt Wessinger hit two home runs in the Tourists’ 15-6 victory. Drew Beurelein, who started out in Grand Junction last year, went 3 for 5 with three RBI.

Several other players who were in Grand Junction last summer were released at the end of spring training — outfielder Jeremy McLeod, who was signed late in the season after Ryan Garvey and Jeff Popick were injured, pitchers Brian Rike and Kyle Roliard, catcher Franmy Pena and infielder Miguel De Leon, who was moved up to Tri-City early in the season. Popick, a Colorado Mesa graduate, is still in Scottsdale until a finger he broke early in spring training heals so he can resume playing and be assigned a to minor league club.

Extended spring training runs through the amateur draft in early June, when players are assigned to short-season clubs.


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