Two Rockies prospects charged with first-degree rape

Jesse Meaux headshot. (Milb.com)

Jesse Meaux headshot. (Milb.com)

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, Last Updated: 2:00 PM ET

A pair of Colorado Rockies farm hands have been charged with first-degree rape.

If convicted, Jesse Meaux and Michael Mason, both 23-year-old relief pitchers for the Rockies' class-A affiliate, could face life in prison without parole, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The alleged incident, which police have said involves one woman, occurred July 27 at an apartment the two minor leaguers share in Asheville, N.C.

Meaux and Mason face two counts each: first-degree rape and first-degree sex offence. Both made their first court appearance courtFriday.

Unsurprisingly, the duo was suspended by the Rockies until further notice. Colorado management, on behalf of the Rockies and Asheville Tourists, released a statement Friday.

"Each organization is shocked and deeply concerned about the allegations," the statement said.

"At this time, the players have been suspended as the investigation and legal process continue. We are working with the authorities investigating the circumstances and issues surrounding the events and are awaiting further details and findings."

Meaux, a University of California-Santa Barabara alumnus, has appeared in 16 games this season for the Tourists, recording a 0.90 ERA.

Mason, a Marshall University alumnus, has appeared in 21 games this season for the Tourists, recording a 3.38 ERA.


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