This afternoon the Colorado Rockies announced that they had selected the contract of 1B/OF Connor Joe from Triple-A Albuquerque. In a corresponding roster move, RHP José Mujica has been optioned down to the Isotopes.
The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have selected the contract of infielder Connor Joe from Triple-A Albuquerque and have optioned right-hander José Mujica to Triple-A.— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) May 7, 2021
The 28-year-old Joe was originally a first round pick with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, but was traded around the league before finally making his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants in 2019. He sat out for the 2020 season after a testicular cancer diagnosis.
The Rockies signed Joe to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training during the 2020 offseason. He turned in an impressive spring performance, slashing .366/.489/.711 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, and seven walks to 11 strikeouts in 38 at-bats. Joe was one of the potential final members of the opening day 26-man roster, but started the season at the Rockies’ alternate training site instead. With the suspension of Colton Welker, Joe is the next man up for reps at first base. He can also play corner outfield when needed.