BLOG: Former Ole Miss closer and slugger Stephen Head appears to have caught on with the Colorado Rockies organization. According to Rockies blog InsideTheRockies, Head was the only player out of 35 that the Rockies signed out of its tryout camp on March 4.
Here’s an excerpt from the blog:
“He showed average velocity with the potential for plus velocity, once he gets on a throwing program and comes under the tutelage of Rockies instructors. It was that potential of a left-hander with plus velocity that led to Head being signed. Head will likely go to extended spring training to continue his throwing program and conversion to pitching and then be sent to low Class A Asheville.”
After playing with the Frontier League’s Southern Illinois Minors last season as an OF/1B, Head decided he wanted to give pitching another shot.
During an interview in February, Head said coming out of Ole Miss he could have opted to been drafted as a fielder or a pitcher and felt he’d go higher as a position player. He was right. The Cleveland Indians used their second round pick in 2005 on him and he climbed as high as Triple-A in 2009.
HERE is the article we ran in the EAGLE on Feb. 4 regarding Head’s hopes to reinvent himself.
Head pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the game. (April 12, 2011)