Second-round draft choice Aaron Schunk, a third baseman, third-round pick Jacob Wallace, a reliever, and fourth-round draft choice Brenton Doyle, an outfielder, underwent physicals Tuesday, signed their contracts, and spent time with the big-league players at Coors Field Tuesday on their way to the minor-league assignments.
Schunk and Wallace are assigned to short-season A Boise, and Doyle will join Rookie League Grand Junction.
Schunk is a two-time finalist for the Olerud Award given to college baseball’s top two-way player, but will focus on third base in pro ball. Shunk, who played at Georgia, said Nolan Arenado is his model of excellence.
"He's a guy who goes out and grinds and works hard every day and gets everything he works for,” Schunk said. “That’s how I approach my game, and anything I can learn from him down the line, I’ll be happy to do.”
Wallace was a walk-on after Connecticut after being offered a scholarship to the UMass Lowell. He said current Rockies reliever Scott Oberg, who also attended UConn, played a role in recruiting him to the school, where he also was a teammate of reliever P.J. Poulin, the Rockies 11th-round selection a year ago.
“I took money out of the picture and considered what school was going to get me closer to my dream of the major leagues,” said Wallace. “I decided it was UConn without a doubt and ended up walking on there. I took a chance there, and it panned out.”
Doyle was a two-time Mountain East Conference player of the year and only the third player in the history of Shepherd University (West Virginia) to be drafted. He said he was offered a scholarship to VMI, but felt he had a better opportunity to develop at Shepherd. He said he constantly feels he has to prove himself.
“I have a pretty good chip on my shoulder,” Doyle said. “There’s a lot of people who doubt me because I played Division II and because of the competition factor. But I played in the Coastal Plains League last summer and was an all-star, and I’ve competed with the best. I’m ready to prove the doubters wrong and get to work.”
In Tuesday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (30-35) was off. The Isotopes open a three-game series with Oklahoma City (Dodgers) on Wednesday.
AA Hartford (36-26) lost at Akron (Indians) 2-0. Jack Wynkoop (5-6, 3.12) allowed a seventh inning home run to Ka'ai Tom, the only run he allowed while giving up three hits and striking out three in seven innings. Mylz Jones (.222) had three of the Yard Goats' six hits, including a double.
High A Lancaster (31-32) won 2-1 at Lake Elsinore (Padres). Antonio Santos (3-3, 3.66) allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, striking out four. He retired the final 14 batters he faced. Joel Diaz (.278) singled in Ramon Marcelino (.210), who tripled in the third. In the fourth, Sean Bouchard (.268) singled home Ryan Vilade (.254), who had doubled. Moises Ceja (2.93) earned his first save.
Low A Asheville (28-37) lost 8-1 at Columbia (Mets). Alfredo Garcia (1-6, 7.35) allowed seven runs, five earned, on nine hits, striking out seven. The Tourists had more errors (four) than hits (three). Terrin Vavra (.321) singled in the first. Willie MacIver (.243) and Daniel Montano (.226) had back-to-back doubles to produce the Tourists' only run in the fifth.