Sports briefs for November 20, 2016
Major League Baseball
Three former GJ Rockies selected for Colorado’s spring training 40-man roster
Three of the five players the Colorado Rockies selected to their 40-man roster Friday are former Grand Junction Rockies players.
The Colorado Rockies announced the move on Friday the club had selected the contracts of former GJ Rockies Sam Moll, Zach Jemiola and Rayan Gonzalez along with Yency Almonte and Shane Carle. The moves leave 39 players on the big-league club’s 40-man roster.
Moll briefly played for the GJ Rockies last season, pitching two innings in two games with five strikeouts. Gonzalez, a right-handed pitcher, pitched in Grand Junction in 2012 after being selected in the 21st round of the first-year player draft and pitched a full season for Double-A Hartford last year.
Jemiola, who last year also played at Hartford, was a starter during his second and final season in Grand Junction in 2013. He’s 30-30 with a 4.61 ERA in five minor league seasons and went 2-3 with a 5.21 ERA in 15 starts in 2013.
Almonte, acquired in a trade from the Chicago White Sox on Nov. 24, 2015, had a 3.58 ERA with 146 strikeouts, splitting time between Class-A Modesto and Hartford. Carle pitched for Triple-A Albuquerque last season, going 5-8 with a 5.42 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 111 1/3 innings. He also allowed 147 hits and 32 walks.
Mesa men’s lacrosse inks 14 recruits
The Colorado Mesa men’s lacrosse added 14 players as part of its 2017 recruiting class.
The class includes players from six different states and includes six defenders, five midfielders, two attackers, and a goalie.
The class includes Brandon Boehm, a three-year starter as a long stick midfielder for Valor Christian, as well as Tommy Carey, who was named Defensive Player of the Year during his junior season at Farmington (Minn.) High School.
Boehm was one of the best payers in Colorado and also played for several elite teams in the state,
Some of the other recruits include Jack Beran, who was a three-year starter at goalie at a Minnesota high school and played club lacrosse for Team Minnesota.
Midfielder Kyle O’Brien is a two-time all-conference selection from Washington who also played for the Seattle Starz club team.
Defender Reilly Nelson is another Washington product who played for the Starz.
Of the 14 recruits, 11 come with all-conference credentials and three garnered player of the year honors while in high school.
Go online at http://www.gjsentinel.com and click on this article to read bios of all the recruits.