RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College graduate Vic Monteagudo (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) has signed a free-agent professional baseball contract with the Colorado Rockies. Monteagudo will report to Rockies' spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 28.
Monteagudo's professional opportunity comes as a catcher. He was an all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference pitcher for Felician in 2013, but during his collegiate career he also caught and played first base, right field and designated hitter. In four years as a Golden Falcon, he amassed 248 at-bats and 166 innings as a pitcher.
"After my (2011) labrum surgery, I knew pitching just wasn't going to work out professionally," said Monteagudo, 24. "But I found out about a 12-day tryout camp in Tampa for non-drafted players in early February. Marv Foley, a catching coordinator in the Rockies' system, took an interest in me and told me to keep working hard. He talked to me about acting like a professional on and off the field."
Monteagudo completed his BS in criminal justice at Felician in 2013.
"That summer, I started a job at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Clifton, N.J.," he said. "But then my sister paid for me to go to a workout in San Jose, Calif., and I met Nick Belmonte, who runs the Florida minor-league camps. The last two days in Tampa, I couldn't catch because I took a foul ball off my knee, and that worried me.
"But as I was driving back to West Palm Beach on Feb. 13, I got a call from Jim Burdick from the Rockies' Player Development Office. He said they wanted to sign me and, once I could talk, I accepted and he gave me my reporting date. As he was talking, I realized that my dream was really happening."
Monteagudo is the 13th former Felician player in the 14-year history of its baseball program to sign a professional contract, and becomes the third Golden Falcon to do so in affiliated baseball. Second-baseman Andre Randolph, a 47th-round draft choice of the New York Yankees in 2003, was a member of the Class-A Staten Island Yankees that summer, and catcher Marcos Torres played for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Rays after inking a free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.
"I'm so happy for Vic and all that he's overcome," said Felician head coach Chris Langan. "Lots of people would have packed it in, but that's not Vic's way. His perseverance will be a tremendous help to him as he begins minor league baseball."
Current Felician infielder Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) was a high-school teammate of Monteagudo's.
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,200 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels.