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Pro baseball: And the present

A crop of locals are currently playing in the minors with some making noise

Posted: June 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart graduate and Reno Aces pitcher Trevor Bauer has already risen to Triple-A in less than a year of professional experience.

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With the Major League Draft giving rise to future professional baseball players from The Santa Clarita Valley, a crop of locals are hoping for a different rise.

The Santa Clarita Valley has long list of players currently in the minor leagues hoping to climb its runs and hopefully make it to the major Leagues.

One of those players was in a different position last year.

Hart High graduate Trevor Bauer was the third overall pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft.

Today, he is on the doorstep of the big leagues, having already zoomed through Double-A this season.

He is now an ace pitcher for the Triple-A Reno Aces.

This is how he, and others from the valley are doing in the minors.

Trevor Bauer — Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks), Triple-A, pitcher

The former Hart High and UCLA pitcher has continued to shine in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, earning a promotion for his efforts. The 2011 first-round draft choice was promoted to the Triple-A Reno Aces on May 17, after going 7-1 with a 2.31 ERA for the Double-A Mobile Bears. In three starts so far for Reno, he is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings pitched. In his minor league career, Bauer is 10-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 19 starts.

Eric Blackwell – Washington Wild Things, Frontier League (independent), pitcher

The Master’s College product has pitched for two independent teams so far in 2012, moving from the El Paso Diablos to the Washington WildThings on Friday.

Blackwell took the loss in his first start with Washington, throwing just two innings and allowing eight earned runs. In El Paso, Blackwell was also struggling, carrying an 8.68 ERA through two starts with an 0-2 record.

Kyle Boggio – San Angelo Colts, North American Baseball League (independent), pitcher

The Hart High graduate, in his second season with the Colts, has appeared only in relief so far in 2012. He has allowed two earned runs in five innings pitched, but is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three relief appearances.

Zach Britton — Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), Double-A

After getting a taste of the big leagues last year and going 11-11 with a 4.61 ERA in 28 starts with the Orioles, the former Canyon High pitcher is 1-0 in two rehabilitation starts for Bowie with 12 innings pitched and a minuscule 0.75 ERA. Britton has missed most of the season with a left shoulder impingement and could join the Major League club shortly.

Jared Clark — Modesto Nuts (Colorado Rockies), High-A

It’s hard to imagine being any hotter than Clark is at the plate right now. In his second season with Modesto, he is batting .266, but has accumulated a California League-leading 45 RBIs and 12 home runs (third in the Cal League) in 50 games.

Josh Corrales — Clinton Lumber Kings (Seattle Mariners), Single-A

Corrales was moved up to Single-A Clinton to start the season, and is 2-0 after appearing in relief in 14 games. In 23 1/3 innings pitched, he has a 1.93 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

Kyle Eveland — Traverse City Beach Bums, Frontier League (independent), shortstop

After starting the season in the Chicago White Sox organization, Eveland moved to the Independent Beach Bums on May 17. In 14 games he is batting .091 with two RBIs. His big brother, Dana, another College of the Canyons product, is currently pitching for the Baltimore Orioles.

Brian Hernandez — Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels) High-A

After a promotion from Single-A Cedar Rapids, Hernandez has appeared in 54 games with the 66ers and is batting .308 on the season with 24 RBIs and two home runs.

Virgil Hill – Quad Cities River Bandits (St. Louis Cardinals), Single-A, outfielder

After dropping down to Low-A Batavia last season, the Valencia High graduate is back at Single-A in 2012. In 29 games, Hill is batting .214, with a .284 on-base percentage and .379 slugging percentage, with 17 RBIs and three home runs.

Michael Hur – Rockford River Hawks, Frontier League (independent), outfielder

The Valencia High graduate is batting .273 this season with the independent RiverHawks. In 44 at bats, Hur has three RBIs and two home runs.

Mike Montgomery – Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals), Triple-A, pitcher

In his fifth season in the Royals organization, the Hart High graduate and 2008 first-round pick has started 11 games for the Storm Chasers in 2012 and has a 3-2 record with a 4.74 ERA.

Juan Perez — Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds), Single-A

The College of the Canyons product has hit 19 RBIs and stolen 10 bases in 52 games with the Single-A Dayton Dragons. He has a .215 batting average and has walked 25 times on the year.

Chris Seddon – Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians), Triple-A, pitcher

The Canyon High graduate has been with the Seattle organization for the previous four seasons before moving to the Cleveland organization this spring. In Columbus, Seddon is 6-3 in 11 starts with a 3.88 ERA and 56 strikeouts.

Will Savage — Albuquerque Isotopes (Los Angeles Dodgers), Triple-A

The veteran pitcher and College of the Canyons product leads all Dodger minor leaguers with seven victories. The 27-year-old is 7-3 with a 4.86 ERA in 14 games.

Steve Susdorf — Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Triple-A, outfielder

After hitting .297 with 15 RBIs in 33 games with Double-A Reading, Susdorf was promoted to Triple-A and has only gotten hotter. In 14 games he is batting .333 with six RBIs.

Casey Stevenson — Charleston River Dogs (New York Yankees), Single-A

In his first season with Charleston, the Saugus High graduate is batting .291 with four RBIs and one home run in 25 games.

Chris Valaika – Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds), Triple-A, infielder

After tearing the ACL in his right knee last September, Valaika is playing everyday in Triple-A. So far in 2012, the former Hart Indian is batting .244 with 16 RBIs in 42 games.

Joseph Zeller – Daytona Cubs (Chicago Cubs), High-A, pitcher

After being promoted from the Low-A Boise Hawks to Double-A Tennessee Smokies to start the season, Zeller was dropped down to Daytona after just one appearance in Tennessee in which he threw a scoreless inning. In Daytona, Zeller, a The Master’s College product, is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings of relief.



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