Rockies Extend Deal With Asheville, Last of the Original Affiliates
ASHEVILLE- The Asheville Tourists are the last of the Rockies original minor-league affiliates.
And they aren't planning on changing affiliation anytime soon.
The Tourists and Rockies announced on Monday a two-year extension that will run through 2020, assuring the two parties will be affiliated for at least 27 years, dating back to 1994, the first year the Rockies had a Low-A team.
It is the longest current working agreement in the Low A South Atlantic League.
“We are thrilled and grateful to once again extend our longstanding partnership with the Asheville Tourists and we look forward to continuing to bring exciting baseball to this beautiful city while also positively impacting this wonderful community off the field,” said Zach Wilson, the Rockies Director of Player Development.
The Rockies currently have 18 players on their 40-man roster who have played for the Asheville Tourists, including seven players on the active 25-man roster. The only home-grown players on the Rockies big-league roster who did not play at Asheville is right-handed pitcher Jon Gray, and center fielder Charlie Blackmon.
The Rockies No. 1 draft choice in 2013, the third player taken overall, Gray debuted at short-season Grand Junction, and after four appearances was promoted to High-A Modesto. Blackmon, a second-round draft choice 2008, went from short-season Tri-City in 2008 to High A Modesto , where he hit .307, in 2009.
“Historically the relationship between the Tourists and the Rockies is one of the strongest between a Major League franchise and a Minor League organization,” said Tourists President Brian DeWine. “The ultimate destination of players here in Asheville is Denver. We take pride in our role of helping develop these individuals as they work towards that goal.”
Current Rockies Who Played at Asheville
|LHP Tyler Anderson||2012||Pro Debut 12-3, 2.47|
|3B Nolan Arenado||2010||5th SAL .308 BA, 3rd .520 SP|
|RHP Chad Bettis||2010||3 GS, 2-0, 0.96 ERA|
|OF David Dahl||2013||Hamstring injury limited to 10 games|
|2014||Mid-season and post-season SAL All-Star|
|LHP Kyle Freeland||2014||1st rounnd draft; 2-0, 0.83 5 GS|
|C Chris Iannetta||2004||Pro debut .314, 36 games|
|SS Trevor Story||2013||5th SAL 18 HR; Led Rockies system 43 2b; 96 runs|
Rockies Minor League Affiliates
|Asheville||South Atlantic||Low A||1994|
|Grand Junction||Pioneer||Rookie Level||2012|