Max George was the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year when he came out Regis Jesuit High School in the spring of 2014. He had a scholarship to play baseball at Oregon State. He also had an offer to sign with the Rockies, who selected the infielder in the sixth round of that 2014 draft.
Five years later, George, who hit .204 at Hartford a year ago in his first year above the Class A level, agreed to make a change with an idea of moving up. He became a catcher.
After staying initially in extended spring to work on refinding his catching, he initially was assigned to a return to rookie Grand Junction, where he played in 2014.
On Wednesday, however, he made the move up to Class A Asheville, and debuted behind the plate with the Tourists by catching a 4-0 win at Greenville. George also went 1-for-4.
In Tuesday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (42-54) won 7-2 against Fresno (Nationals). Josh Fuentes (.264) hit is eighth home run, a three-run shot. Tim Melville (7-4, 5.04) allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out seven.
AA Hartford (12-13, 49-43) lost 7-4 against Richmond (Giants). Justin Lawrence (0-2, 4.73) suffered the loss in relief, allowing one run on two hits in one inning. Ty Culbreth (4.54) allowed three runs on five hits, striking out one in four innings. Vince Vizcaino (.243) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Advanced A Lancaster (15-11, 49-45) was off.
A Asheville (12-14, 41-55) lost 4-1 at Greenville (Red Sox). Shelby Lackey (3-10, 5.42) allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk, striking out five in six innings. Danny Edgeworth (.238) was 1-for-2 with his seventh home run.
Short-Season A Boise (15-17) lost 8-1 against Eugene (Cubs). Ezequiel Tovar (.205) was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Wander Cabrera (1-1, 3.24) allowed three runs, two earned, on one hit and five walks, striking out three in three innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (16-14) won 8-7 against Billings (Reds), surviving a six-run Billings rally in the ninth. Mike Ruff (2.70) started and allowed one hit in four shutout innings, striking out four. Trysten Barlow (1-0, 1.42) picked up the win in relief, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, striking out two in 1 2/3 innings. Colin Simpson (.352) was 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI.