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OLDER AND WISER

By Patti Arnold

Mike Nikorak is the first guy on the practice field, eager to start his second professional baseball season. He’s often the last guy off the practice field, too. Last summer is a distant memory to the Colorado Rockies’ second pick ...


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The life of Riley

By Patti Arnold

Riley Pint wears two brightly colored, beaded bands on his left wrist. The top band represents the highs in the game, the bottom band the lows. Together, they remind him to stay even-keeled. When you’re 18 years old and just signed a ...


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GJ Rockies will take it slow with Pint

By Matt Meyer

Riley Pint’s development will be a little different from past top pitching picks to play for the Grand Junction Rockies. Ultimately, though, coaches hope his development in the minor leagues will yield similar results to Jon Gray and ...


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GJ Rockies recap, June 18, 2016

By Matt Meyer

Saturday at Suplizio Field Orem 9, Grand Junction 6 Records GJ Rockies 1-1, Orem Owlz 1-1 On the mound After Grand Junction starting pitcher Yohander Quintana was shelled in his American debut, it was former Colorado Mesa University ...


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Grand Junction Rockies recap, June 17, 2016

By Patti Arnold

Friday at Suplizio Field Grand Junction 7, Orem 6 Records GJ Rockies 1-0, Orem Owlz 0-1 On the mound Grand Junction starter Alejandro Requena went five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. He struck out two and gave up a pair of ...


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Managing the butterflies

By Matt Meyer

With the casual confidence of someone preparing his whole life for a major moment, Grand Junction Rockies outfielder Manny Melendez watched his game-tying home run in the ninth inning Friday sail well over the right-field fence. He swaggered ...


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Under development

By Patti Arnold

Year Five of the Grand Junction Rockies brings a new manager and hitting coach, Sunday night games and a bumper crop of fresh-faced baseball players beginning their careers. Colorado native Frank Gonzales takes over for Anthony Sanders, now ...


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The arms race

By Patti Arnold

Even before Riley Pint, the Colorado Rockies’ first-round draft pick, signed, Grand Junction pitching coach Ryan Kibler liked the look of his staff. “We do have some depth; we will have some depth once I get these guys cranked ...


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Who’s on first?

By Patti Arnold

In the minors, it pays to be versatile. Just ask the two Grand Junction Rockies catchers, both of whom played first base Tuesday in the team’s 4-0 exhibition victory against the Boulder Collegians. Joel Diaz, a 21-year-old from ...


With MLB draft done, roster for GJ Rockies can come into focus

By Patti Arnold

Scanning the half-full Grand Junction Rockies roster when he arrived in town, first-year manager Frank Gonzales stated the obvious: “We’re going to need some players.” The Major League draft will provide the majority of ...


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