Jesse Meaux bio
Player: Jesse Meaux
Jersey Number: 31
School: University of California-Santa Barbara
Hometown: Glendale, Calif.
Height, Weight: 6-4, 225
Best Baseball Memory: Watching “A League of Their Own.”
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Getting drafted by the Rockies
Favorite Player Growing Up: Ken Griffey Jr.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: Both parents. They led a great example of how to be good people.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Backyard Bowls.
Off-field hobbies: Surfing.
Favorite Movie or Book: “The Hunger Games.”
Jesse Meaux will never forget the day he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies.
“It was a special day, the day I was drafted,” Meaux said. “It was the day before my last final (exam) in college. It was tough to take that final, but I did my studying beforehand.
“Ever since I could remember I wanted to play in the big leagues. I’m so happy the Rockies have given me a chance. It’s a great opportunity to work my way through the organization.”
Meaux was able to pass his last final exam before beginning his professional baseball career last year with the Tri-City (Wash.) Dust Devils in the Class A short-season Northwest League.
His first season didn’t go as he had hoped.
Meaux was hampered by tendinitis in his right shoulder, limiting his outings. He pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts for Tri-City in 2011.
“I’ve been battling injuries the last year,” Meaux said. “First and foremost I hope to stay healthy. I want to stay consistent with my mechanics.”
He was assigned to the Grand Junction Rockies this season after extended spring training.
“I think it’s great,” Meaux said. “I can sense the kind of community support they get around here. It seems like a great place to play baseball. I’m excited to be here.
“I hope to make a good name for the team and the community.”
Meaux was drafted after his junior year at UC-Santa Barbara in 2010 by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 44th round, but he didn’t sign.
He was drafted by the Rockies in the 19th round last year.