Rockies Add Two Former Knights…
Perhaps you could call them the Charlotte Rockies, or the Rocky Knights, but either way you slice it, the Rockies have been Knighted recently!
Greg Golson and Tommy Manzella are on their way to Spring Training as a member of the Rockies organization. Let’s take a look:
As a member of the Charlotte Knights for one season, Greg Golson was a 2012 International League All-Star. The former first round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies was solid at the plate and on the basepaths a season ago. Now, the 27-year-old is taking his talents to Colorado.
A free agent at the end of the 2012 campaign, Golson recently signed a deal with the Rockies. The former Knights outfielder swiped 20 bases last season for Charlotte while hitting .276 over 109 games. He led the Knights in stolen bases (20), doubles (29), and triples (seven). He finished second on the club in runs (67) and hits (124).
Golson’s best month came in April, when he hit .318 with a home run, seven doubles, and 11 RBIs over 23 games. For the season, the Austin, TX native had eight three-hit games.
Golson joins former Knights teammate Tommy Manzella, who was signed by the Rockies back on January 15. Manzella appeared in just 14 games for the Knights in 2012 and hit .171 (7-41). Manzella has appeared in 90 Major League games over the course of his career.
Here is a post-game interview with Tommy after his big three-run double to win a game for Charlotte on August 12, 2012: Knights-TV with Tommy Manzella
I’d like to wish both Greg and Tommy lots of luck in their new organization.