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Norwin grad Matijevic promoted to Astros' high-A team

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 1:42 p.m.
Norwin graduate JJ Matijevic was selected 75th overall by the Houston Astros in the 2017 MLB Draft.
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Norwin graduate JJ Matijevic was selected 75th overall by the Houston Astros in the 2017 MLB Draft.

J.J. Matijevic continues his ascent to the big leagues.

After a hot-hitting stretch, the Norwin graduate on Tuesday was promoted to the Class A-Advanced level and joined the Houston Astros' Buies Creek (N.C.) club.

The Buies Creek Astros play in the Carolina League.

Matijevic, a 22-year-old left fielder who played collegiately at Arizona, left the Quad Cities River Bandits (A), for whom he hit .354 in 13 games. He spent more than two weeks on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

He had six doubles, three triples, two home runs and five RBIs.

"It was tough being on the DL and missing all those games, but I tried to stay positive and I worked really hard to come back strong and ready to go," Matijevic said. "That's what I did and was performing well.

"If you work hard and perform on the field, everything takes care of it's itself."

Matijevic was 15 for his last 35 at-bats with Quad Cities.

Matijevic's career stats: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=t3712&player_id=656695#/career/R/hitting/2018/ALL

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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