Fennell returns to N.C. with Asheville Tourists

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Trent Fennell has become a well-traveled man early in his professional baseball career, so it seems fitting that he’s literally about to be a Tourist.

Fennell was moved to the Asheville Tourists on Thursday, bringing the Triton alumnus back to his home state for the first time in his professional career.

“Thank goodness I don’t have to go to the airport to see him pitch,” said Fennell’s father, Bill Fennell Jr., who has flown on multiple occasions to see Fennell play, including earlier this season when he was briefly promoted to the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Since being drafted in the 24th round by the Colorado Rockies last year, Fennell has played for five of the Rockies’ six minor league teams — four of those in just this season. He started off this year with the Boise Hawks (Class A Short Season), then spent a short five-day stint with the Isotopes (Class Triple-A) before joining the Lancaster JetHawks (Class A-Advanced) for the last three weeks.

Now, Fennell’s with Class A Asheville, which is where he had hoped to be prior to the start of the season. And it looks like he’ll get to spend a fair amount of time in North Carolina if he stays with Asheville for the remainder of the year. Fennell flew in from Los Angeles on Thursday to join the Tourists for a weekend road series against the Hickory Crawdads, which is about an hour closer than Asheville from Dunn. The Tourists will then play at home for the next week-and-a-half before making a trip to Greensboro to play the Grasshoppers Aug. 8-11.

Fennell has had a solid first full season in the minors. Across the three teams for which he’s played, Fennell has posted a 2-2 record with a 1.86 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 19 and one-third innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .237 against him this season.

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