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Minor League baseball: It’s postseason time

Group of locals in the minors enter postseason play

Posted: September 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart graduate Tyler Glasnow spent time this season with the Gulf Coast League Pirates and the State College Spikes, both minor league affiliates of Pittsburgh.

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As Major League baseball continues on toward October, the minor league affiliate are already in full playoff mode.

And a handful of players with ties to the Santa Clarita Valley are playing prominent roles in postseason play.

The most high-profile of those playes being former Hart High graduate and UCLA product Trevor Bauer, who spent some time with the Arizona Diamondbacks before being sent back down to the Triple-A Reno Aces.

Bauer took the mound to start the Aces’ series against Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League Conference Championship game and picked up the win on the road, tossing five innings and allowing no earned runs in the Aces 3-1 victory.

The Aces went on to win the series Sunday, defeating Sacramento in a pivotal Game 5, 7-4, to advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship series against Omaha on Tuesday.

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

The Hart and UCLA graduate spent some time with the major league club this season, going 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks before being sent down to Triple-A Reno. For the Aces, who advanced to the Pacific Coast League Championship to play Omaha on Tuesday, Bauer was 5-1 on the year with a 2.42 ERA in 81 innings pitched.

In the postseason, he is 1-0 in one start, allowing no earned runs through five innings to earn the win in Game 1 of the Conference Championship series against Sacramento.

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

The Master’s College product finished the season with the independent Washington Wild Things after previously pitching for the el Paso Diablos earlier in the season.

For Washington, Blackwell went 3-4 with a 7.92 ERA in 50 innings pitched.

The Wild Things missed out on the Frontier League playoffs, in which Southern Illinois and Florence advanced to the Championship Series.

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

The Hart High graduate is playing for the Colts for the second time in his career this season, after spending 2011 in Las Cruces. This season, Boggio went 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA through 46 innings with the independent Colts. The Colts advanced to the North American Baseball League playoffs where they were swept by the Fort Worth Cats on Sept. 5.

Jared Clark — Modesto Nuts (Colorado Rockies), High-A, 1B

Alive in the California League playoffs, Clark has continued his hot hitting this season, accumulating a .236 batting average on the season for the Modesto Nuts, with 24 home runs and 95 RBIs — good for eighth in the California League. The Nuts won their opening series of the playoffs, defeating San Jose in the final two games of the series to win 2-1.

Now, though, their backs are against the wall, as the Nuts are down two games to none in a best of five series with Bakersfield that will continue tonight at 7:05 in Modesto.

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

After finishing 2011 with the Low-A Everett Aqua Sox, Corrales spent 2012 with the Single-A Lumber Kings of the Seattle Mariners.

Corrales is 4-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 37 appearances with 54 strikeouts.

The Lumber Kings are in the midst of a playoff run, having advanced to the Western Division Finals in a dramatic 10-inning, 4-1, victory over Beloit on Friday.

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

Eveland, a College of the Canyons product finished the season with the Traverse City Beach Bums, who were eliminated from the playoffs in three games by Southern Illinois, batting .203 with five home runs and 32 RBIs in his second career season with Traverse City. Eveland started the 2012 season with the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League before moving up to the High-A Winston Salem Dash on April 21. He batted just .111 in 10 plate appearances, though, before finding his way to Traverse City.

The Beach Bums advanced to the Frontier League playoffs but were swept in the Divisional Series by Southern Illinois.

Brian Hernandez — Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels) Double-A

Hernandez has climbed the ranks of the Angels organization this year, moving first to High-A Inland Empire and then to Double-A Arkansas, where he batted .249 with 19 RBIs and a home run to go along with 10 doubles in 264 plate appearances, after batting .292 for the 66ers. Unfortunately, Hernandez’s season is over after the Travelers failed to qualify for the Texas League playoffs.

Tyler Glasnow — State College Spikes (Pittsburgh Pirates), A Short-Season, pitcher

The Hart High graduate has made one start for State College, tossing four innings and allowing two unearned runs with a walk and four strikeouts. Prior to pitching for the Spikes, Glasnow made 10 starts for the rookie-ball Gulf Coast League Pirates, going 0-3 with a 2.10 ERA, with 40 strikeouts and 16 walks.

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

The Valencia High graduate finished the season with Quad Cities, his first full year in Single-A, with a .204 batting average and 22 RBIs with 28 runs scored, before an injury put him on the disabled list. Hill hasn’t played since June 30, when he went 1-for-4 with an RBI in a game against Cedar Rapids. The River Bandits failed to qualify for the Midwest League standings, finishing fourth in the Western Division.

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

In his first full season with the River Hawks, the Valencia High graduate batted .298 with 57 RBIs, 15 home runs and 18 doubles. Hur and the River Hawks missed out on the Frontier League playoffs this season.

Mike Montgomery — Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Kansas City Royals), pitcher

The Hart High graduate was moved down to the Double-A Naturals on July 14 and has accumulated a 6.67 ERA in 10 starts in Arkansas. He has allowed 12 home runs and has a 2-6 record as the Naturals finished out of the playoffs in last place in the North Division.

Juan Perez – Modesto Nuts (Colorado Rockies), High-A, pitcher

Perez hasn’t pitched since May 10 when we threw one innings of relief, allowing two runs. without the College of the Canyons product, the Nuts have continued on and currently trail Bakersfield two games to none in a playoff series that will continue tonight at 7:05 in Modesto.

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

In his last appearance, the College of the Canyons product took the loss against Omaha, tossing four innings and allowing six earned runs on nine hits. On the season, he is 10-7 with a 5.59 ERA in 141 2/3 appearances. The Isotopes were eliminated from the Pacific Coast League postseason after falling in a best-of-five American Conference Championship Series to Omaha on Sunday afternoon.

Shawn Smith — Washington Wild Things, Frontier League (independent), pitcher

The Saugus graduate went 3-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 25 games for the independent league team. He struck out 47 batters in 58 innings and started six games. His final game, an Aug. 29 start, he pitched six innings of shutout ball to earn the win against Joliet.

Casey Stevenson — Charleston River Dogs (New York Yankees), Single-A, 2B

The Saugus graduate was on fire in 2012, batting .300 in 230 plate appearances for the River Dogs. And things haven’t cooled down lately. In the last 10 games of the season, Stevenson batting a blistering .333 with 10 RBIs. Unfortunately, the River Dogs finished out of the Atlantic League postseason.

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

The Valencia High graduate has batted .282 on the season with Lehigh Valley, the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies. After starting the season with Double-A Reading and batting .297, Susdorf was promoted to the Iron Pigs and continued his hot start. The Iron Pigs, though, failed to qualify for the International League postseason, finishing third in the North Division.

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

After a 2011 knee injury and another one this season, Valaika has played for both the rookie ball AZL Reds of the Arizona league and the Triple-A Louisville Bats.

For the Bats, the Hart graduate is batting .223 with 14 doubles and six home runs in 291 at bats. The Bats finished in last place in the International League West Division, 38 games out of first.

Joseph Zeller — Peoria Chiefs (Chicago Cubs), Single-A, pitcher

In his last start, on Aug. 30, The Master’s College product allowed five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings to take a no decision. On the season, he has pitched for four teams before landing with the Chiefs, where he is 3-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance with 22 strike outs. The Chiefs did not qualify for the Midwest League playoffs.


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