Cory Sullivan, son of former Winslow residents and Winslow High School graduates Sean and Trudi Sullivan, is putting together a solid rookie season with the Colorado Rockies in his first year of Major League Baseball. Cory is the grandson on former Winslow teacher Helen Sullivan Campbell and the late Neal Sullivan.
Sullivan spent all of the 2004 season recovering from an injury and surgery after impressive minor league numbers had seemingly earned him a spot on the Rockies' roster. After a sterling college career at Wake Forest University where he was a finalist for the Dick Houser Award given to college baseball's top player, Sullivan signed with the Rockies and had impressive minor league stays in which he showed improvement at each stop. He was among his team's and the league's leading hitters at every level before his call to the majors.
He began his major league career in an enviable manner with an RBI double as a pinch-hitter in a ninth inning, game winning rally by the Rockies on opening day.
As of Thursday, Sullivan was the second leading hitter among major league rookies with a .330 average. He had 34 hits in 91 trips to the plate. His hits included one home run, one triple and four doubles.
He was fifth in the National League among rookies in on base percentage at .360. He was third in the league and sixth in the majors among rookies in stolen bases with four steals in as many attempts.
Sullivan has played all three outfield positions for Colorado and has handled 62 fielding chances while committing one error. He has an outfield assist.
Winslow cannot claim Cory Sullivan as its own, but he has undeniable ties to the community. His father Sean and Uncle Mike were both stellar athletes at Winslow High School. His grandparents were deeply involved in the Winslow Little League program and his grandmother was one of the most beloved teachers ever to toil in the Winslow school system.
Cory has many friends in Winslow even though many are such mostly because of relationships with his parents or grandparents. His success will be met with considerable pride and applause long the banks of the Little Colorado.