Jose Briceno bio
Player: Jose Manuel Briceno Ramos
Jersey Number: 35
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Height, Weight: 6-1, 208
Best Baseball Memory: Catching my first game.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Catching a no-hitter in my first year.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Wilin Rosario, Rockies catcher.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My mother and grandfather.
Favorite Food: Chicken and rice.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Juice and fruit.
Off-field hobbies: Talk to my parents, my girlfriend and watch TV.
Favorite Movies: “The Passion of the Christ” and “The Fast and the Furious.”
Jose Briceno has been playing baseball ever since he can remember, starting at 3 years old.
Nine years later, the talent was obvious.
“Probably my 12th year,” he said. “I was a good player, a good hitter. I (always) liked baseball, and my dream was to play (in the major leagues).”
Growing up in Beruta, Estado Miranda, Venezuela, he played as much baseball as possible and signed a free agent contract with the Rockies in 2009.
Only 19 years old, he already has two years in the Dominican Summer League to his credit, playing his first year in 2010 when he was 17.
He hit .288 in 27 games last season in Boca Chica with 18 RBI and 10 doubles.
That helped him get promoted to Rookie baseball in Grand Junction, and his first impression of Colorado was:
“It’s very big, it’s a beautiful park,” he said. “The football park, I like it, too.”
Briceno looks up to Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario, and he is one of five catchers on Grand Junction’s roster.
The catchers spent an hour before practice every day the week before the season began working with Marv Foley, the Rockies’ roving catching instructor.
“It’s a new experience every day here,” said Briceno, who has only been speaking English three months, but he has a good start with his second language. “I like it. It’s beautiful here.
“The different language? I’m learning every day.”