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Pedro Gonzalez opens GJ Rockies season with 3-hit night

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Pioneer League Opening Day sees a typical offensive explosion

The Grand Junction Rockies became the last minor league affiliate to start their season on Monday night, losing 8-7 to the Idaho Falls Chukars in ten innings.

With the Rockies not having a first round pick, the most exciting players on the rookie league squad will likely come from the Dominican Academy. Last night, an Academy graduate got off to an impressive start. 19-year-old Pedro Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Gonzalez is back in Grand Junction after a middling 2016, but after signing for 1.3 million dollars in 2014 the prospect shine has not yet worn off this exciting outfielder.

The Rockies also got a dazzling American debut from Venezuelan pitcher Jorge Oviedo. After three great seasons in the Dominican Summer League, Oviedo debuted in Grand Junction with three innings out of the bullpen, striking out five and surrendering no runs.

Other news and notes from the affiliates are below:

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 11, Sacramento River Cats 6

Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP): 2-for-5, RBI

Jon Gray: 4 13 IP, 7 K, 5 R (1 ER)

Domonic Brown: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Single-A Short Season: Spokane Indians 7, Boise Hawks 6

Jonathan Piron: 2-for-3, HR

Ryan Luna: 6 IP, 4 K, 1 R

Rookie League: Idaho Falls Chukars 8, Grand Junction Rockies 7

Pedro Gonzalez: 3-for-4, 2 R, HR

Jorge Oviedo: 3 IP, 5 K

Nathaniel Coronado: 2-for-5, HR

Dominican Summer League: DSL Mets 3, DSL Rockies 0

Juan Mejia: 2 IP, 2 K, 0 R

Carlos Gonzalez (Not that one): 5 IP, 2 K, 2 R

Steven Fana: 2-for-4

Tuesday Probables:

Triple-A Albuquerque: Ryan Carpenter (3-5, 5.37 ERA) vs. Sacramento

Double-A Hartford: Jack Wynkoop (5-4, 4.33 ERA) vs. Richmond

Single-A Advanced Lancaster: ALL-STAR GAME

Single-A Asheville: OFF

Single-A Short Season Boise: TBD vs. Eugene

Rookie League Grand Junction: TBD vs. Idaho Falls

Dominican Summer League: TBD vs. DSL Phillies