PUEBLO, Colo. (July 19, 2018) – Four former Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball student-athletes have played professional baseball this summer. Those four former Pack standouts are Zach Hoffman, Kyle Lazcano, Ambrose Romero, and Taylor Snyder.
Snyder (Elk Ridge, Utah) has played 57 games for the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League. Competing at the single A level for the second consecutive season, Snyder is currently batting .284, but hit over .300 less than a week ago. Snyder is slugging .457 with 16 doubles, three triples and four home runs. He has scored 25 runs and driven in 29 more.
A 13th round draft pick by Colorado Rockies in 2016, Snyder has now played 202 games in the minor leagues. He has slugged 22 home runs and 52 doubles over that span. Snyder also has stolen 29 bases, including five this season.
The former Pack shortstop is nearing the century mark in career RBIs and runs. He has scored 96 runs and plated 93 runs in professional career.
Hoffman, Lazcano, and Romero have all suited up for the Santa Fe Fuego, an independent team playing in the Pecos League. This trio has helped the Fuego to a 27-26 record.
Following a fantastic finish to his Pack career, Hoffman has continued his momentum into the summer. A member of the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team, Hoffman is hitting .336 for the Fuego. The lefty ranks fifth on the Fuego with 10 home runs. He has also 34 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
Hoffman was named First Team All-Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Conference Commissioners Association because of his ability to pitch and hit. For the Fuego, Hoffman has made 13 appearances all in relief. He is 1-1 with 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched.
Lazcano (Mission Viejo, Calif.) has made five starts for the Fuego. A former All-Region pitcher for the Pack, Lazcano has a 2-3 record and a 7.39 ERA. The righty has struck out 28 batters in 28 innings of work.
Lazcano accomplished something he never did in a Pack uniform when he hit his first professional home run for the Fuego. He has a .538 on base percentage with four walks. Two of his three hits have gone for extra bases.
Romero (Albquerque, N.M.) has played in 34 games, making 117 at bats. The former Pack catcher is hitting .316. Romero has showcased the patience that ranked him in the top seven in the RMAC in walks each of the last two seasons, with 24 free passes.
The left-handed hitting Romero has clubbed one home run this year and scored 34 times for the Fuego. He has also collected 18 RBIs.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.