HELENA — Robie Rojas has been around the country.
And for now, at least in the short term, he’ll be headed around the Pioneer League with the Helena Brewers.
The catcher and designated hitter is in his second year playing professional baseball. A season ago, he spent the entirety of the season with the Arizona League Brewers.
This spring, the outgoing Rojas has been busy.
“It’s a grind,” Rojas said. “It’s minor leagues. You have to embrace it and keep going. Embrace it, man. You can be in one place one day, the next you may be somewhere else. You have to embrace what they give you. Just enjoy wherever you’re at. You could be somewhere else. You could not even be in baseball. You just embrace everything you get.”
Rojas started this spring in North Carolina with the A-Advanced Carolina Mudcats. The stint included three games and eight at-bats where he hit .500. The entirety of the stay lasted 13 days. By April 16, Rojas ahd been assigned to AAA with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
He lasted just two days there, before dropping down to the Biloxi Shuckers, the Brewers’ AA-affiliate. That stint, too, barely matured. A day in Biloxi and Rojas moved back up to AAA.
In total, Rojas had three games with the Sky Sox. A week later, he’d been reassigned to the Helena Brewers, where he’s been a member since April 26.
The fit in Helena has been good for Rojas. The 5-foot-7, 185-pound catcher is used to mountainous terrain, having grown up and residing in Denver, Colorado.
And Rojas understands the Brewers are trying to leave Helena with a bang this season. Rojas knows the club’s history, and wants to add to it.
“There’s been plenty of teams that got here early on when we first got here that won championships and got to the playoffs every year almost," Rojas said. "To be able to do something like that and bring a championship to this city, especially their last year here.”
The 2017 38th round pick out of Sam Houston State knows his catching and hitting are his strengths.
He showed his power in Missoula on Thursday. Rojas jacked a three-run homer, his first career home run, in the ninth inning as the Brewers blew by the Osprey.
Even with those strengths in mind, Rojas says controlling the pitching staff will be a priority for him, even as he views it as one of his best traits.
“I’ve been able to learn from a couple guys this season being up and down this year, learning from guys who have been in the big leagues and being able to control a pitching staff and call a game right,” Rojas said.
Rojas pauses when he’s asked about his biggest weakness right now. He knows something’s there, but nothing feels glaring.
“Everybody has a weakness,” Rojas said. “I can focus on hitting with our hitting coordinator, but I wouldn’t call it a weakness. Everybody can get better at something, even if you think you’re great at something.”
If fans can’t find Rojas when they watch the Brewers this season, they’ll need to look no further than the guy dancing or encouraging his teammates, regardless of the score.
“I love to have fun,” Rojas said. “I’m the guy dancing on the field no matter what the score is, keeping the team up.”