Hatch navigating through Rockies farm system


The New Mexico State baseball program continues to trend in the right direction under head coach Brian Green. The Aggies have improved in every season Green has managed the team, including a WAC Tournament championship in 2018 and an appearance in the NCAA Regionals.

New Mexico State is also turning out a lot of pro talent, including former Aggies infielder LJ Hatch in the Colorado Rockies organization. Hatch made his Triple-A debut last season with the Albuquerque Isotopes in the Pacific Coast League and feels fortunate he is in an organization that values their farm system.

“Everyone there has a chance to be in the big leagues some day,” said Hatch. “It doesn’t matter when you’re drafted, if you’re drafted, how much money you got and all of that stuff, they don’t treat anyone any differently. Everyone gets their shot.”

Hatch last played for Green in 2016 and continues to improve his craft.

“When you look at what LJ did, the growth he had offensively, but the particular growth he made defensively to work himself into a professional baseball player in Rockies system was amazing,” said Green. “LJ was a pleasure to coach.”

Hatch will report to spring training with the Rockies on February 17.

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