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The Grand Junction Rockies are a minor league baseball team in the Pioneer League based in Grand Junction, Colorado, United States, where they play at Suplizio Field. They are the Rookie affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The Grand Junction Rockies mascot is Corky Coyote.

Franchise history

The Butte Copper Kings, named for the once-powerful owners of the copper mines of Butte, Montana, began play in the Pioneer League in 1978 as a co-op team with players from the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers organizations.[1]

Beginning in 1987, the franchise had been operated by Silverbow Baseball Corp. It was sold in 1996 to the Goldklang Group in a move necessary to stem conflict-of-interest issues when Silverbow head Jim McCurdy had taken the position of President of the Pioneer League in 1994.[2] Silverbow had attempted to sell the franchise in 1994 to investors from California, but the deal fell through when it was discovered that the would-be owners had lied about their personal financial backgrounds.[3]

Following the 2000 season, the team relocated to Casper, Wyoming as the Casper Rockies (and renamed to the Ghosts before the 2008 season[4]) and affiliated with Colorado.[5]

On January 13, 2011, Casper Professional Baseball Club, LLC announced the sale of the team to Monfort Investment Group, a group headed by Colorado Rockies General Partners. At the same time it was announced that Tim Ray would become the executive director of the Ghosts; Chris Maxwell and Phil Choler remain as General Manager and Assistant General Manager, respectively.[6]

October 17, 2011, Grand Junction city officials unanimously approved a lease agreement to the team, making Suplizio Field home to the newly renamed Grand Junction Rockies.[7]

Team record

In 2012, the Rockies had a winning season with a 43-33 record.


Players Coaches/Other


  • 44 Alex Balog
  • 17 John Beck
  • -- Devin Burke
  • 40 Carlos Estevez
  • 23 Scott Firth
  • 27 Zachary Jemiola
  • -- Angel Lezama
  • 19 Manuel Montilla
  • 29 Daniel Palo
  • 37 Joel Payamps
  • 33 Helmis Rodriguez
  • 11 Blake Shouse
  • 26 Dylan Stamey
  • -- Peter Tago
  • 21 William Waltrip
  • 31 Carlos Yan


  •  8 Robbie Perkins
  • 12 Jairo Rosario


  •  3 Miguel Dilone
  •  6 Cesar Galvez
  • 13 Emerson Jimenez
  • 34 Wesley Jones
  •  5 Ryan McMahon
  • -- Kyle Newton ‡
  •  4 Dom Nunez
  • 32 Correlle Prime


  •  6 Ryan Garvey
  • 20 Terry McClure
  • 18 Cole Norton
  • 14 Jordan Patterson
  • 25 Jeffrey Popick
  • 15 Raimel Tapia



7-day disabled list
* On Colorado Rockies 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated August 16, 2013
More MiLB rosters
Colorado Rockies minor league players

Notable players

Butte Copper Kings,[8] Casper Rockies and Casper Ghosts[9] players who have made appearances on Major League teams:


External links

  • The Official Site of the Grand Junction Rockies
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