Apr 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of Coors Field during the first inning of the game between the San Diego Padres against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
One to watch (Mylz Jones): A 13th round draft pick this summer, Mylz Jones has come out of nowhere to become kind of an interesting shortstop for the Grand Junction Rockies.
On the season, he’s hitting .362/.429/.448 with nine stolen bases and 11 walks in just 28 games, and considering he has three doubles and three triples, too, he’s shown a good eye at the plate and the ability to move fast — something the Rockies are focusing much more on recently with Charlie Blackmon third in the National League in stolen bases.
Jones is a product of Cal State Bakersfield, and considering he’s walked nearly as much as he’s struck out in his professional debut (11:15, something that first year pros rarely do), there should be good things coming from Jones for the next few years as he makes his way through the Rockies’ system.
Playing shortstop primarily, Jones is 6’1″, 185 pounds, so he’s not too small for the position. Obviously, though, many shortstops are moved to second base or the outfield — especially with the speed Jones has — later on in their careers. For the time, though, it speaks well of Jones that the Rockies think highly enough of him to let him patrol the toughest position on the diamond, and do so with authority at the plate.
Quick hits: Park was an All Star replacement selection, filling in for an injured player to represent the Rockies as their third entrant into the Pioneer League’s midsummer classic … The Baby Rox are 2-2 in the second half of their season entering play Saturday night, after finishing 20-18 in the first half of play … The 22-20 overall record is good enough for second in the Pioneer League’s South Division, where the Rox are 10-9 at home and 12-11 away from Suplizio Field.