Rockies Farmhands Charged With Sexual Assault In North Carolina

The Rockies have suspended a pair of 23-year-old pitchers for their low Class A Asheville affiliate after the players were arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman in the city.

Lefthander Mike Mason and righthander Jesse Meaux were arrested Thursday in Asheville, N.C., and had their first court appearances on Friday in Buncombe County District Court. Asheville police have charged the players with two counts of first-degree rape and two counts first-degree sex offense for an incident on July 27, according to information from the Buncombe County Detention Facility.

The charges were first reported by the Asheville Citizen-Times. According to the Citizen-Times, police say the charges stem from an incident involving one woman at the players’ apartment on Ascot Point Circle, about five miles south of McCormick Field, where the Tourists play.

Judge Calvin Hill set bond for both players at $100,000, according to the Buncombe County Detention Facility. The Citizen-Times reported that Mason and Meaux will be required to stay in Buncombe County pending further court orders, and their next scheduled court date is Aug. 23. Meaux’s attorney told the newspaper that Meaux had posted bond and had been released from jail. According to the jail’s automated information system, Mason remains in jail.

The two pitchers have been suspended by the Rockies organization, which issued a statement to the Citizen-Times.

“The Colorado Rockies and their affiliate, the Asheville Tourists, are aware of the arrests and the very serious allegations made against two players, Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux,” the statement said. “Each organization is shocked and deeply concerned about the allegations. 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. Given that this is an ongoing legal investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment or speculate any further.”

Meaux was a 19th-round pick in 2011 out of UC Santa Barbara. Mason was a 24th-round pick in 2012 out of Marshall. Both players were on the disabled list with the Tourists.