Joshua Rojas
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 10
Infielder / Outfielder
Born: (1994-06-30) June 30, 1994 (age 27)
Glendale, Arizona
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 12, 2019, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through September 15, 2021)
Batting average.248
Home runs13
Runs batted in60
Teams

Joshua Luke Rojas (born June 30, 1994) is an American professional baseball infielder and outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Amateur career

Rojas attended Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona and played college baseball at Paradise Valley Community College and the University of Hawaii. In 2015, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[1] In 2017, his senior year at Hawaii, he hit .294 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in fifty games.[2]

Professional career

Houston Astros

After the season, he was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 26th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[3]

Rojas made his professional debut with the Quad Cities River Bandits and also played in four games for the Fresno Grizzlies.[4][5] In 56 games for the year, he hit .261 with ten home runs and forty RBIs. He played 2018 with the Buies Creek Astros and Corpus Christi Hooks, earning Texas League All-Star honors.[6] In 130 total games between both teams, he slashed .263/.351/.408 with eight home runs, 55 RBIs, and 38 stolen bases. He started 2019 with Corpus Christi before being promoted to the Round Rock Express.[7][8]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On July 31, 2019, Rojas was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks (along with Corbin Martin, Seth Beer, and J. B. Bukauskas) and cash considerations in exchange for Zack Greinke.[9]

On August 12, 2019, the Diamondbacks selected Rojas' contract and promoted him to the major leagues.[10] He made his major league debut that night versus the Colorado Rockies.[11] In 2020, Rojas slashed .180/.257/.180 in 17 games before ending the season on the injured list due to a lower back injury.[12]

References

  1. ^ "#12 Josh Rojas - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Garden, The (2017-06-15). "2 from UH baseball selected in MLB Draft". The Garden Island. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  3. ^ "Josh Rojas drafted by Houston Astros". West Valley View.
  4. ^ dlansman@qconline.com, Drake Lansman. "Cleaning up for Bandits; '17 draft pick Rojas is QC's newest hot hitter". Dispatch Argus.
  5. ^ Batterson, Steve. "Rojas finds his home with River Bandits". The Quad-City Times.
  6. ^ Chandler Rome (2018-06-13). "Seven Astros prospects tabbed for Texas League All-Star Game". Chron.com. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  7. ^ Chandler Rome (2019-02-18). "Introducing Josh Rojas, the Astros' aspiring superutility asset". Chron.com. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  8. ^ "Red-hot former Rainbow Rojas promoted to Triple-A in Astros organization". Khon2.com. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  9. ^ McTaggart, Brian (July 31, 2019). "Astros deal for Greinke in Deadline stunner". MLB.com.
  10. ^ Nick Piecoro (August 12, 2019). "Diamondbacks prospect and Arizona native Joshua Rojas off to blistering start in Triple-A Reno". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Chandler Rome (August 12, 2019). "Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas, part of Astros' Zack Greinke trade package, makes MLB debut". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.azsnakepit.com/2020/12/10/22165901/2020-arizona-diamondbacks-reviews-josh-rojas