Fuentes Assumes Priority Player Designation for Rockies in AFL

Third baseman Josh Fuentes, who put together an impact season at Triple-A Albuquerque and played himself into prospect status, will assume the Priority Player designation for the Rockies with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.

Fuentes assumes the designation after the decision to scratch middle infielder Brendan Rodgers from the AFL because a mild shoulder soreness that began to bother him late in the minor league season.

Tyler Nevin, a first baseman/third baseman and the son of former big-league third baseman Phil Nevin, was added to the roster to replace Rodgers, but Fuentes will be assured of the playing time.

Fuentes, 25, a cousin of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, hit .327/.354/.807 this year for Triple-A Albuquerque with 14 home runs and 95 RBI. He led the  Pacific Coast League with 39 doubles and 93 runs scored. He played in 110 games this year at first base, 21 at first base and one at second base.

He was the Pacific Coast League MVP and Rookie of the Year, and a PCL All-Star selection. His teammates also voted him the best defensive player on the Isotopes.

Salt River is comprised of players from the Rockies, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Twins and Nationals organizations. Play in the six-team Fall League begins Oct. 9 and runs through Nov. 15.

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