The Grand Junction Rockies have had their ups and downs just as their parent club Colorado Rockies has. After Sunday afternoon’s game against Helena, the Grand Junction-based team has a record of 15-12.
One of those 15 wins was aided by the efforts of a first-round selection in the 2014 MLB Draft. Kyle Freeland, out of the University of Evansville, was signed on June 10, 2014, for $2.3 million.
As a native of Denver, Freeland set the Colorado state high school record for strikeouts with 145 in 2011 and went 10-2 with a 1.90 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 2014.
On July 9, Freeland made his professional debut with a two-inning stint for Grand Junction. He gave up three hits and struck out two in his two innings of work.
Freeland is one of 21 pitchers on the Grand Junction team roster.
One of the most effective relievers for the Colorado Rockies, Rafael Betancourt, has been with Grand Junction for a couple of weeks as he continues his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery.
Betancourt has pitched in three games for Grand Junction. Each outing was for one inning resulting in a combined five hits, one run and four strikeouts.