Mesa’s Corwin earns another shot with GJ Rox
Former Colorado Mesa University relief pitcher Aaron Corwin earned another look from the Grand Junction Rockies after a tryout open to the public Saturday morning.
He will pitch for the Rockies in Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Greeley Grays at 6 p.m. at Suplizio Field.
“I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Corwin said. “I’ll give it everything I can and hope for the best.”
Corwin, who transferred to Mesa from Texas Tech, was drawing interest from close to a dozen Major League Baseball scouts, but he wasn’t drafted.
He participated in his first professional tryout Saturday morning with former CMU teammates Matt Williams and Erik Kozel.
“It was definitely nerve-racking for me,” Corwin said. “It helped having Kozel there to throw to. That helped me to slow down and take deep breaths.”
Grand Junction Rockies manager Anthony Sanders said there were 19 or 20 individuals at the tryout.
“It’s good to do something locally and for guys in the Denver area to show their talent,” Sanders said. “You never know. There were a couple kids that stood out as far as times and showed some tools. It’s all about timing for a lot of these guys. I know we took a few guys’ names and numbers.”
More Rockies arrive
Third baseman Ryan McMahon (second-round draft pick), pitcher Blake Shouse (fifth round) and pitcher Jordan Mejia (returning player) reported to practice Saturday, development supervisor Tony Diaz said.
More players are expected to arrive during the next two days, including first-round pick Jonathan Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.