The season doesn't start until next week, but the Tri-City Dust Devils may already know who will be batting leadoff for them in the season opener.
Today, the Northwest League club announced that Charlie Blackmon of Georgia Tech, a second-round selection in last week’s First Year Player Draft, has been assigned to play in Pasco by the Colorado Rockies.
Blackmon hit .396 with 68 runs scored, 12 doubles, eight home runs, 45 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases in 62 games for the Yellow Jackets this spring. He led Tech in batting average, hits, runs, on base percentage and stolen bases.
The Dust Devils open the season Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia. The home opener in June 22 at Gesa Stadium is June 22 vs. the defending league champion Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
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Blackmon, a left-handed hitting outfielder, was named to the 2008 All-SEC Second Team, the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team and the 2008 NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament Team. He was one of two Tech players to start every game, and he hit primarily out of the leadoff spot.
The Florida Marlins drafted Blackmon in 2004 in the 28th round. In 2005, the Boston Red Sox drafted Blackmon in the 20th round as a pitcher.
Other recent additions to the Dust Devils roster are RHP Rod Scurry (31st round, Nevada), RHP J.R. Murphy (Free Agent, San Diego St.), RHP Brad McAtee (45th round, UC Davis), RHP Carlos Luna (30th round, Oral Roberts), IF Thomas Field (24th round, Texas St.) and IF Patrick Rose (36th round, UC Santa Barbara).