In the reverse of the post about former VBL players being released from major league organizations, today we have Junior Arrojo, who played in Covington in 2008 and 2009, who was just signed by the Miami Marlins!
Why should we pay attention to this? Because Junior has been toiling in the Independent Leagues since 2011! He will finally get the chance in organized ball.
Junior initially spent 3 years with Florence of the Frontier League (2011-2013). In 2014 he played for the Rockland Boulders in the Can-Am League, with a cup of coffee in the Atlantic League at the end of the year. He spent 2015 and 2016 back with Rockland.
Overall, he’s put up some excellent numbers. Over 2,265 plate appearances, Junior’s hit 293/422/382, with 77 doubles, 10 triples, 21 home runs, and a 218/277 BB/K ratio. He’s also stolen 175 bases to 30 caught stealing, an 85% success rate.
Junior turns 29 in just a couple days, but as Stephen Cardullo showed, it’s possible to make the jump at almost any age. (Cardullo made his major league debut just before he turned 29 after 4 years in the Indy Leagues.)
(Thanks to Gerald Harman for the heads up)