Alumni Notebook: Roenicke moves up to Triple-A Reds
Former Nevada Union Miner Josh Roenicke has been bumped up from Double-A’s Chattanooga Lookouts to Triple-A’s Louisville Bats in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization.
Roenicke got the call up at the end of May, playing nine games already with the Kentucky team as a relief pitcher.
“They have him preparing in all kinds of roles,” said his father Gary Roenicke. “In a lot of other organizations, he’d be in the major leagues right now but in Cincinnati the pitchers don’t get hurt.
So far, he’s garnered a 1.69 ERA, struck out 12 batters and has given up only two earned runs in his time on the mound.
Roenicke is rising through the minor league ranks fairly quickly. He started playing Class-A ball at Sarasota last season before being moved up to the Lookouts mid-year.
Last season, he was named to the Florida State League All-Star Game and led all minors in the Reds organization with 24 saves before being invited to the major league club’s spring training for the first time this year.
“He wasn’t supposed to go to Double-A; he was supposed to go to Triple-A from the start,” Gary Roenicke said. “But they said it’s warmer in Double-A (Southern League). He was supposed to be there for a couple of weeks and he ended up being there for six.”
Roenicke’s brother, Jason Roenicke, will also be making a splash in minor league baseball. The younger Roenicke, also an NU graduate, is headed out today to the Toronto Blue Jays’ Class A affiliate, the Auburn Doubledays in the New York-Penn League (short season). He’ll also be playing the role of short-reliever and it just so happens that he’ll be getting his start in the same league where Gary Roenicke got his 35 years ago.
Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05); University of California, Los Angeles – Flores will get a chance to shake hands with President Bush on Tuesday as UCLA’s men’s golf team and other NCAA champions have been invited to the White House in celebration of their accomplishments.
Flores’s team, as well as UCLA’s women’s water polo and women’s tennis teams, flew to Washington D.C. Sunday and will tour the nation’s capital today before attending a Los Angeles Angels and Washington Nationals baseball game.
Each team attending will get an opportunity to meet the president before the ceremony begins and take a picture with him as a team.
To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
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