Bedford’s Lavigne bumps up

Rated the No. 5 prospect in the entire Colorado Rockies system, it’s no surprise that Bedford’s Grant Lavigne is moving on up.

Less than a year after his BHS graduation, Lavigne has been placed on the Rockies’ full-season Single-A team in Ashville, N.C., playing in the South Atlantic League.

He is just 19, the youngest player on a Tourists’ roster laden with 23 and 24-year-olds.

Lavigne was a sandwich-round pick by the Rockies, 42nd overall in last year’s June Major League Baseball draft.

After signing, he went out and dominated the short-season rookie ball Pioneer League for the Grand Junction Rockies.

The lefthanded power hitter, now 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, hit .350, slugged .519 and carried a robust OPS of .996 in 59 games for Grand Junction.

He smacked six homers and drove in 38 runs, showing off his many tools with a dozen stolen bases as well.

After a stint in fall instructional ball with the Rockies’ top instructors, Lavigne returned home this winter, honing his skills indoors and hitting the weights in preparation for the spring.

He also spent time giving back and working with youngsters in and around the Bedford area.

Lavigne and the Tourists opened the 140-game regular season on Thursday night in North Carolina.