With a lineup that finished 263rd out of 295 teams in the nation in runs scored in 2015, the Rainbow Warrior baseball team is looking for an impact offensive weapon to help turn the tide in 2016.
Help appears to be on the way with incoming signee Josh Rojas out of Paradise Valley Community College (AZ).
The 6’1 190 lb. infielder tore up the junior college ranks in 2015, hitting .333 with 8 home runs and 35 runs batted in. Rainbow Warrior head coach Mike Trapasso says Rojas has the ability to make an instant impact:
“Josh is capable of hitting in middle of our lineup and being a run producer offensively,” Trapasso said. “He also can play multiple positions, which makes him a commodity.”
Rojas’ offensive onslaught has continued in the California Collegiate League, where a .453 average with 2 home runs, 17 runs batted in, and 8 stolen bases through just 17 games with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes earned him a spot in the league’s All-Star game.
The contest, which aired on Fox Sports West Wednesday evening, was a showcase for the talented junior-to-be. Rojas made a diving stop in the 4th inning, and followed with a solo home run in the 5th.
Long-time Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scout Bill Pintard had this to say about Rojas during the game: “I really like this kid right here. Everything he does is easy. Things come easy to him. He can even hit the ball to the opposite field.”
Over 45 Major League Baseball scouts were in attendance for the game, but Rainbow Warrior fans can rest assured. Rojas went undrafted in June’s amateur draft, and will enroll at UH in August.