Former Edenton Steamer, Josh Fuentes, made his Major League debut April 6 for the Colorado Rockies. Fuentes entered as a pinch hitter in the eigth inning of the Rockies 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting his first MLB hit with a single before coming around the score later in the inning.
Fuentes went undrafted out of NAIA Missouri Baptist in 2014 but was signed as a free agent by the Rockies follwoing the draft. It didn't take long for him to start proving he was vastly overlooked as he went on to dominate Minor League pitching at multiple levels. In total he has notced a .300 career batting average with 129 doubles, 50 home runs and 292 RBIs across six seasons in the Rockies minor legue organization - includng a Pacific Coast League MVP award during his time at the AAA level in 2018. All of which led to him earning a spot on the 40-man and ultimately a call up to conclude his unique journey to the Major Leagues.
First Major League at bat. First Major League hit.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 7, 2019
Welcome to The Show Josh Fuentes! pic.twitter.com/BMX3JY2W2q
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The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 23rd season in 2019, the CPL features 16 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,450 alumni drafted and 119 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.