Ottumwa -- After being selected in last month's First-Year Player Draft and signing their first professional contracts on the same day -- June 19 -- a pair of former Indian Hills pitchers, Nick Green and Jordan Piche, made their pro debuts just two days apart in June. And, by the way, they're pitching in the same league.
Green, drafted in the 7th round by the Texas Rangers after one season at Indian Hills, has appeared in two games with the Rangers' club in the Arizona Rookie League. Green, a hard throwing right-hander, threw an inning in his first game, walking one and fanning two without allowing a hit or run. He was credited with a win his next time out, again failing to surrender a hit or run in 2 1/3 innings with a walk and three Ks against the White Sox Rookie League team.
Piche had two very successful seasons at Kansas University following two years at IHCC. After his selection in the 28th round by the Los Angeles Angels last month, Piche, also a right-hander, was assigned to L.A.'s team in the Arizona Rookie League. He has made three appearances so far, all in relief, and pitched a total of 3 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and an unearned run with three strikeouts and one walk.
Both former Falcons are from Colorado, Green hails from Fountain and Piche came to IHCC from Greeley.
In his 15th year of pro baseball after he was drafted out of Indian Hills in 2000, Ruben Gotay is putting together another solid season in the minors with the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate. Gotay, who has played in the big leagues with Kansas City, the New York Mets and Atlanta and has also been in the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Miami, and Toronto organizations, is one of the top offensive players in the Triple-A International League. He is hitting .277 in 79 games with the Louisville Bats with 17 doubles, a triple and 14 homers. The home run total is tied for fourth in the league and he is third with 49 RBIs. Gotay's 56 runs scored leads the IL and he is tied for seventh in hits.
Gotay signed as a Minor League Free Agent last December following a season with the Cardinals' Triple-A team in Springfield where he put up good power numbers -- 31 doubles and 16 homers.