Three locals who were taken in the MLB draft aren’t wasting any time going pro.
Jake Greenwalt, Julian Garcia and J.D. Hammer were all picked last week and all have signed contracts with their pro teams.
Greenwalt and Garcia had until July 15 to decide to sign or play in college next year. Hammer finished his college career in May.
Greenwalt was picked in the 23rd round out of Windsor High School by the San Francisco Giants, becoming Windsor’s first-ever draft pick. The Giants announced the senior right-handed pitcher signed this week and he will report to Scottsdale, Arizona, for rookie ball.
Garcia, a Fossil Ridge graduate, was taken in the 10th round out of Metro State by the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-handed pitcher hasn’t been assigned to an affiliate.
Hammer, a Fort Collins graduate, was taken in the 24th round by the Colorado Rockies out of Marshall University. The right-handed pitcher has been assigned to the Grand Junction Rockies, the rookie affiliate coached by his high school coach, Frank Gonzales.
With the three signings, there are now eight locals in pro baseball.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Rocky Mountain grad Marco Gonzales, son of Grand Junction manager Frank Gonzales, is out this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
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Infielder Andy Burns, also a Rocky Mountain grad, was recently called up for his second stint with the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
Pitcher Jess Amedee, another Rocky Mountain grad, is with the West Virginia Power, the Single A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 12.2 innings in relief, he has a 4.97 ERA and 12 strikeouts.
Pitcher Jordan Pichè, a Resurrection Christian grad, is with the Inland Empire 66ers, a Single A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. In 32 innings in relief he has a 3.09 ERA and has struck out 28.
Cole Anderson, who was taken in the 10th round out of Rocky Mountain last year, is back for his second season in Grand Junction.
The Grand Junction Rockies open their season Friday night.
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