DENVER -- The Rockies invested in their Latin American future on Saturday when they broke ground on a new complex for their Dominican Republic Academy in Jubey, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. It will open in the summer of 2013. The academy will house about 80 players and the Rockies' Latin American operations, including a Dominican Summer League team, and will consist of two buildings. The complex will have a full clubhouse, administrative offices, dormitory-style rooms for players, living quarters for staff, a training room and weight room, cafeteria, entertainment room, computer room and a classroom. There also will be two full-sized fields, a half-field, batting cages and pitching mounds.
"Saturday was a very exciting day for the Colorado Rockies," Rockies vice president of scouting and player development and assistant general manager Bill Geivett said. "We have always had a strong presence in Latin America, but our new academy will greatly benefit our staff and young players not only in their baseball pursuits, but in language and education as well." Also at the groundbreaking were Hal Roth, executive vice president-CFO and general counsel, Rolando Fernandez, director of international scouting, and Tom Probst, senior director of medical operations and special projects, Edison Lora, Rockies Latin American field coordinator, Jhonathan Leyba, manager of Dominican Republic operations, and Ana Espinal, complex coordinator, as well as several players on the club's Dominican Summer League team.