2006 GCL: 1-0, 1.17 ERA; 7 G, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 9 K
2006 Billings: 1-0, 6.32 ERA, 6 SV; 14 G, 15.2 IP, 10 H, 11 ER, 12 BB, 24 K
2007 prediction: Dayton
Son of former major-league outfielder Gary Roenicke. Josh is apparently quite an athlete, having worked out with the UCLA football team as a wide receiver. Also played outfield for the Bruins, but he posted a 2-3 record with a 3.46 ERA and four saves, notching 13 strikeouts in 13 innings. Power arm that profiles as a reliever (BA).
BA: “The fifth-year senior is son of ex-big leaguer Gary. Brent Rustich was the Bruins’ closer until he got hurt, and Roenicke took over for him while doubling as the team’s center fielder (he’s a plus defender there, but his bat is short). The 23-year-old Roenicke has shown 95 mph with his fastball and will spin a plus slider at times. His inexperience keeps him from repeating his mechanics consistently, but he’s athletic at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and has arm strength, two good building blocks for pitchers.”
Signed a few games in to the short-season.
Roenicke actually did quite well in the PL; his first outing results in zero outs and something like six or seven earned runs. Most of the rest of the time out he struck people out by the fistful. Time to move up.