Garvey named offensive player of the week

Ryan Garvey’s first week as a professional baseball player started with a nice ovation when he was introduced before the season opener at the ballpark where his father, Steve, began his career, in Ogden, Utah.

It ended with him catching the ceremonial first pitch from his dad Sunday at Suplizio Field and going 1 for 3.

Monday, the Grand Junction Rockies’ outfielder was selected the Pioneer League offensive player of the week.

Garvey is hitting .500 (10 for 20) in six games and has at least one hit in every game he’s played — he was not in Monday’s starting lineup.

Garvey, the Rockies’ 33rd-round pick out of Riverside (Calif.) Community College, has hit three doubles, two home runs and five RBI and an on-base percentage of .600; he’s walked five times.

Central High School graduate Kiel Roling is the Texas League’s player of the week after hitting a home run and a double in pinch-hitting situations for Tulsa, the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate.

Roling has split time between playing designated hitter and first base for the Drillers, who won the first-half title in the North Division. He’s hitting .368, but .417 as a pinch-hitter (5 for 12).

In six games last week, Roling went 7 for 19 with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI. He was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on Thursday.

Roling has hit nine home runs this season, second on the team.

Pioneer pitcher: Idaho Falls’ Kyle Smith was the Pioneer League pitcher of the week after he struck out 11 batters in five innings Tuesday in his debut against Orem.

He was immediately promoted by Kansas City to Class A Kane County, where he threw six no-hit innings Sunday in his debut in the Midwest League. In 11 innings in two games, Smith allowed one run on three hits, striking out 17. He was also the Midwest League’s pitcher of the week.

Hot hitter: Juan Ciriaco entered Monday night’s game with a five-game hitting streak and leads Grand Junction with a .526 average in his five previous games.

Roster changes: Sunday’s promotions of Drew Beuerlein (Class A Asheville) and Miguel De Leon (Short Season A Tri-City) dropped the Rockies’ roster to 36. Minor League Baseball allows 30 active players every game, which can change each day.

Waiting their turn: The only position player who has not been in the lineup yet for Grand Junction is first baseman Correlle Prime, but Grand Junction manager Tony Diaz said Sunday that Prime will make his debut soon.

Eddie Butler, the Rockies’ first-round compensation pick, is close to being ready to pitch, and Jonathan Vargas is dealing with a shoulder strain. They are the only pitchers yet to take the mound.

Probable starters: Ryan Warner (1-0, 4.50 ERA) makes his first professional start tonight for the Rockies against Orem’s Gabriel Perez (1-0, 1.80 ERA).

Warner, a 6-foot-7 graduate of Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, was the winning pitcher in the Rockies’ first win in franchise history, pitching two innings in relief in Grand Junction’s 4-3 victory at Idaho Falls.

Wednesday, Matt Carasiti (0-0, 4.91) is scheduled to pitch for the Rockies against Orem’s Mark Sappington (0-1, 67.50).


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