Many professional baseball players say the first time the idea of reaching the major leagues truly seems realistic is when they get to the Class AA level of the minor leagues.
That is where Canon-McMillan graduate Matt Pierpont finds himself for the first time in his four years in the Colorado Rockies' organizational. The right-hander is pitching in relief for Hartford in the Eastern League.
Pierpont, 25, is 3-1 with a 4.78 ERA in 23 games. He has pitched 37 2/3 innings, allowed 40 hits, struck out 43 and walked 16.
The Rockies have used Pierpont exclusively out of the bullpen since selecting him in the 26th round of the 2013 amateur draft from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. In 98 career appearances, he is 13-6 with four saves and a 4.03 ERA.