Just heard on a Milwaukee, Wisconsin radio station that Ryan Rohlinger has been called up to the Giants and will be starting at 3rd base tonight against Houston. Rohlinger had been rumored for the past couple weeks of a call up around here. No word on whether Pablo went with. I will find out! I also don't know who got sent down but there were 2 open 40 man spots that he was placed on.
WEST BEND EAST GRAD TO START FOR MLB GIANTS TONIGHT
By JUDY STEFFES
WEST BEND – West Bend High School graduate Ryan Rohlinger received a call at midnight Tuesday from the San Francisco Giants and will step into a starting spot tonight making his Major League Baseball debut against the Houston Astros.
Rohlinger, a 2002 graduate of West Bend East High School, was drafted in the 21st round in 2005 by the St. Louis Cardinals. After completing his senior season at the University of Oklahoma he was picked in the 6th round by the Giants in 2006.
SOLID GLOVE AT THE HOT CORNER
High school baseball coach Doug Gonring has been keeping his eye on Rohlinger ever since he played for him from 1999 – 2002. “Every morning, the first thing I check on the computer is how Ryan Rohlinger did and how Scott Roehl pitched for the Akron Aeros,” said Gonring of another former player who is on his way to the bigs.
According to the San Francisco Giants web site, the team’s corner position with Jose Castillo had been struggling, especially from the plate where the third baseman is hitting .105.
Gonring received the call about Rohlinger at 5:45 a.m. “I’ve just been on the phone the whole morning and the whole thing gives me goose bumps,” he said.
“Ryan is a very gifted ball player but his gifts were his intelligence; all his years being the youngest in the family pushed him to playing smart baseball when he was young,” said Gonring noting Rohlinger also has good patience.
“He doesn’t make mistakes running and he’s got a great glove.” Gonring said the one area Rohlinger needed to improve was in the field.
“Everything is good except he doesn’t throw the ball as well as he potentially could and that’s something he’ll have to work on. He has a good enough glove to do all that, it’s just how he uses his arm and with age that’ll come,” he said.
Rohlinger has a .296 batting average with seven home runs on the season.
The Giants are coming off a 12 – 4 loss against the Astros last night.