Puma Baseball alum Josh Rojas (2013-2015), who was most recently with the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was called up to the big league club today. He will start in left field tonight for the Diamondbacks wearing No. 9 in his Major League debut. The team is currently in Colorado facing the Rockies.
After attending PVCC, Rojas transferred to University of Hawaii. He was the 26th-round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2017 draft. He played for the Astro's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates before being traded to the Diamondbacks organization on July 31, 2019.
While at PVCC, Rojas received All-Region and All-ACCAC honors in 2015 while making an impact in the Puma record book. As a Puma Rojas hit a career .307 (ranked T11th), had 96 hits (ranked T10th) with 19 doubles (ranked T4th), 8 triples (ranked T2nd), and 9 home runs (ranked 3rd), with 69 runs scored (ranked T6th), 57 RBIs (ranked T6th), 27 stolen bases (ranked T5th) and an on base percentage of .407 (ranked 8th). Rojas was also a PVCC Scholar-Athlete in 2013-2014.
Rojas is the first Puma in program history to be called up to an MLB club. He is the fourth Puma to be drafted (Noel Rodriguez, 2015, Tampa Bay; Mike Reynolds, 2011, Baltimore/2012, NY Yankees/2013, Atlanta; Isaiah Brown, 2009, NY Yankees).
Arizona Diamondbacks Press Release
D-BACKS SELECT JOSH ROJAS FROM TRIPLE-A RENO AND DESIGNATE BLAKE SWIHART FOR ASSIGNMENT
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks selected INF Josh Rojas (@JoshRojass) from Triple-A Reno and designated UTL Blake Swihart for assignment. The D-backs’ 40-man roster remains at 38.
Rojas, 25, will wear No. 9 for his Major League debut. He was born in Litchfield Park, Ariz. and attended Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz. He will become the 10th Arizona-born player (seventh from metropolitan Phoenix) to play for the D-backs (listed by total games played), joining INF Shea Hillenbrand (233 games in 2003-04; Mesa), INF Cody Ransom (38 in 2011-12; Mesa), RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (27 in 2017; Tucson), RHP D.J. Carrasco (18 in 2010; Safford), INF/OF Nick Evans (18 in 2014; Glendale), RHP Bob Howry (14 in 2010; Phoenix), RHP Albie Lopez (13 in 2001; Mesa), RHP Charles Brewer (4 in 2013; Paradise Valley) and LHP Ed Vosberg (4 in 1999; Tucson).
Rojas, a 6-foot-1, 197-pounder, who throws right and hits left, was acquired on July 31 from the Astros, along with RHP Corbin Martin, RHP J.B. Bukauskas and INF/OF Seth Beer, for RHP Zack Greinke and cash considerations.
Rojas played in 8 games for Reno from August 2-10 and hit .514 (18-for-35)/.575 OBP/.943 SLG/1.518 OPS with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, 14 RBI and 5 walks.
Overall this season, he has played in 105 games at Reno, Triple-A Round Rock (Astros) and Double-A Corpus Christi (Astros), hitting .332 (138-for-416)/.418 OBP/.606 SLG/1.023 OPS with 33 doubles, 6 triples, 23 homers, 83 RBI, 57 walks and 33 stolen bases. In 53 games at Round Rock, he hit .310 (65-for-210)/.987 OPS with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 12 homers, 39 RBI, 30 walks and 19 stolen bases. In 44 games at Corpus Christi, he hit .322 (55-for-171)/.967 OPS with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 8 homers, 30 RBI, 22 walks and 13 stolen bases.
Rojas has played 291 games in 3 seasons in the Astros’ (2017-19) and D-backs’ (2019) systems. He is batting .288 (318-for-1,103)/.370 OBP/.496 SLG/.866 OPS with 72 doubles, 17 triples, 41 home runs, 178 RBI, 144 walks and and 71 stolen bases. He was a 2018 Texas League mid-season All-Star at Corpus Christi. He was the Astros’ 26th-round selection in the 2017 draft out of the University of Hawaii (2016-17). He also played at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix for 2 seasons (2014-15).
Swihart, 27, has appeared in 31 games for the D-backs and hit .136 (9-for-66) with 3 home runs, 9 RBI and 4 walks. He was acquired from the Red Sox on April 19, along with international bonus pool money for the 2018-19 signing period, for OF Marcus Wilson.
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