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Jesse Meaux's dominant season with Asheville Tourists put on hold

Former Glendale High pitcher had been dominating at class-A level with Colorado Rockies before suffering right-shoulder injury.

June 14, 2013|By Charles Rich and Andrew Shortall
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale High and UC Santa Barbara pitcher Jesse Meaux saw a dominant season with the Asheville Tourists put on hold with a right-shoulder injury.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale High and UC Santa Barbara… (Courtesy of Dan…)

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Jesse Meaux (Glendale High, 2007) relief pitcher, Asheville Tourists: A season almost too good to be true hit a speed bump when Meaux was placed on the seven-day disabled list May 26.

What was projected to be a short stay with a right-shoulder injury has dragged on for the former Glendale High and UC Santa Barbara standout right-handed pitcher, who was drafted in the 19th round by the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

The right-handed pitcher had been dealing with a biceps injury when he was drafted with the 588th overall pick two years ago.

Meaux, 23, had been downright dominant for the Tourists, the Rockies class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. In 16 appearances with Asheville, the former Nitro had maintained an impressive and team-best earned-run average of 0.90. He’s allowed two earned runs in 20 innings and struck out 26, walked 17 in that span for a 1.25 WHIP.

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Meaux has also recorded one save and five holds this year. In his last outing on May 24 against the Rome Braves, he went 1 1/3 innings and struck out three in a 6-0 home victory.

Through Friday, the Tourists are in fourth place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division with a 36-30 record.

Alonzo Gonzalez (Glendale Community College, 2012) starting pitcher, Lansing Lugnuts: After a bumpy start to his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays class-A partner, Gonzalez has managed to settle down a bit.

The former Vaquero has pitched through at least five full innings in his past five starts after making it through just 3 1/3 in two of his first seven starts with the Lansing Lugnuts this season.

At 2-5, Gonzalez has yet to flash the dominance he displayed with the Bluefield Blue Jays, a rookie affiliate, in 2012 that helped earn him a promotion to Lansing this year. He was 2-0 and gave up three hits, three walks, no runs and struck out nine through 12 innings in Bluefield.

The 6-foot-5 left hander has given up at least two earned runs in each of his past 10 starts and is coming off consecutive losses.

Gonzalez was hit with the losses after giving up eight hits in each of his last two outings — a 4-3 loss to the South Bend Silver Hawks Tuesday and a 5-3 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps on June 6.

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