On Saturday, Aaron Schunk was added to the Colorado Rockies’ 60-man roster. He will report to camp on Thursday, reports Chip Towers in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Schunk was drafted by the Rockies in the second round of 2019. In a July 10 article, Towers had reported that Schunk was living with his parents in Decatur and taking batting practice with his dad at a local baseball park. Schunk was one of many minor league players with limited options for professional development given the cancellation of the 2020 MiLB season.
Of the experience, Schunk said, “I’ve been getting workouts in five or six days a week. Just trying to keep in condition and keep baseball sharp. But it’s been weird, man, just not knowing what’s next, not having a date to look forward to, not knowing when you’re going to play next.”
Schunk is part of the Rockies new strategy for 2020 that began to take shape when pitchers Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee were released late last week.
On Friday, general manager Jeff Bridich said, “We have some decisions to make still, and I think you’ll see a slew of those decisions in the next couple days here that affect our roster and some of the players already on our roster.”
Schunk said he received the news on Saturday, so look for news of more roster changes in the coming days.
Schunk spent 2019 with the Boise Hawks, slashing .306/.370/.503 in 46 games. He is Purple Row’s #9 PuRP.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich recently said Tommy Doyle and Wes Parsons would be participating in the team’s satellite camp. While an official announcement has not been made, the additions of these two players and Schunk would put the Rockies’ player pool at 52.