Rocco Baldelli returned to the diamond in 2010 and was assigned to the Stone Crabs as step one in the comeback process. Baldelli began the season as a roving minor league instructor for the Rays then on July 19, he signed a minor league contract and was sent to the Stone Crabs. He played 12 games with the Stone Crabs, hitting .283 with 4 doubles and 6 RBI’s. Less then a month later he was promoted to AAA Durham and then to the Rays on September 1.
Baldelli was the Rays first round draft pick in the 2000 draft. He was with the Rays organiztion for 8 years before being released following the 2008 season. In 2009, Rocco played in the Red Sox organization before rejoining the Rays organization in 2010.