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MLB: Bright spots in the minors

Many local pro players looking to move up to baseball’s highest level

Posted: June 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Valencia High graduate Danny Worth was called up to the Detroit Tigers on May 27.

The infielder has since appeared in three games and is hitting .333 with a run scored on the heels of strong production for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

But there are many other local minor leaguers that are hoping to join Worth, Hart grad James Shields and former Canyon pitcher Zach Britton at baseball's highest level, and they have seen various levels of success so far this season.

Kyle Boggio - Las Cruces Vaqueros, Pecos League (independent), pitcher
The Hart grad has appeared in the three games so far this season, making one start. The left-handed pitcher holds a 1-1 record, 2.08 ERA and seven strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings pitched.

Dana Eveland - Albuquerque Isotopes (Los Angeles Dodgers), Triple-A, pitcher
The former College of the Canyons left-hander has a 5-3 record and 4.05 ERA for the Isotopes. Eveland has made 10 starts, including one complete game, striking out 43 over 60 innings.

Kyle Eveland - Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox), Single-A, shortstop
The shortstop is hitting .272 with three home runs, 23 RBIs, 18 runs scored and five stolen bases through 125 plate appearances. The former COC player is in his first season in Single-A. His first two years were spent playing for Sioux Falls and Traverse City, both independent league teams.

Virgil Hill - Quad Cities River Bandits (St. Louis Cardinals), Single-A, outfielder
In his first season of Single-A ball, the Valencia graduate is hitting .182 with one home run, 10 RBIs and six stolen bases over 88 at-bats. Hill spent his first two seasons in the minors split between the Cardinals of the Gulf Coast League and Johnson City of the Appalachian League, both at the rookie level.

Tyreace House - Burlington Bees (Oakland A's), Class-A, outfielder
The former COC player is hitting .167 with nine RBIs and 12 stolen bases for the Bees. The center fielder has scored 25 runs and hit four doubles.

Michael Hur - White Sands Pupfish, Pecos League (independent), third base
The Valencia grad was drafted in the 20th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in last year's MLB First-Year Player Draft, but is currently playing in the Pecos League. Hur is hitting .355 with seven RBIs and five extra-base hits through 31 at-bats.

Tom Milone - Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals), Triple-A, pitcher
The Saugus graduate lowered his ERA to 3.63 in a narrow 2-1 loss to the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night. Milone is 3-4 and now has a team-high 59 strikeouts and four walks over 57 innings pitched. Against the Bats, he threw seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Mike Montgomery - Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals), Triple-A, pitcher
The left-hander is 2-2 with a 5.18 ERA through 11 starts in Triple-A this season. The Hart grad and first-round pick of the Royals in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft has 48 strikeouts and 34 walks over 57 1/3 innings pitched.

Casey Mulligan - Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals), Double-A, pitcher
Mulligan is currently on the 7-day disabled list with a dead arm. The right-handed pitcher has a 2.57 ERA over seven innings, with six strikeouts, two walks and an 0-1 record.

Chris Seddon - Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners), Triple-A, pitcher
The former Canyon pitcher has made 10 appearances for the Seattle Mariners affiliate, all of them starts. Seddon has a 1-3 record and 5.91 ERA over 53 1/3 innings pitched with 39 strikeouts. He was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week in mid-April after a pair of scoreless outings.

Steve Susdorf - Reading Phillies (Philadelphia Phillies), Double-A, outfielder
The Hart High graduate is hitting .323 with four home runs and 18 RBIs for the Phillies' Double-A affiliate. The outfielder has also scored 24 times in 96 at-bats.

Chris Valaika - Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds), Triple-A, infielder
The Hart grad appeared in eight games for the Reds this season, hitting .313 before heading back down to Triple-A on May 13. Valaika remains on the 40-man roster, meaning he could be called back up at any point in the season. He is currently hitting .288 with two home runs and 12 RBIs for the Bats.

 

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