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After the draft SCV minor league update

A week after MLB Draft, we look at SCVers currently playing in the minors

Posted: June 13, 2013 11:00 p.m.
Updated: June 13, 2013 11:00 p.m.

Hart High graduate Trevor Bauer pitches with the Cleveland Indians on May 13 in Cleveland.

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The Santa Clarita Valley is well represented at all levels of the minor leagues this season, as athletes continue their quests for the Major Leagues.

The most high-profile athlete is without a doubt Hart graduate Trevor Bauer, who was involved in one of the most high-profile off-season trades when the Indians acquired the 2011 first-round draft pick from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bauer has made three starts with the Indians this season after struggling in limited time at the big-league level for the Diamondbacks.

Elsewhere in the minors, former Canyon High player Zach Britton sits on the 40-man roster of the Baltimore Orioles and is holding his own with the Triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tides.

Hart graduate Mike Montgomery has suffered a setback, spending much of the season on the disabled list, but is playing well in his return to the Durham Bulls of the Tampa Bay Rays.

And many more are sitting near the top of their respective leagues. Here’s a breakdown of how Santa Clarita Valley products are doing on their road to the Majors.

Trevor Bauer — Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians), Triple-A, pitcher

The former Hart Indian is 2-2 in his first season in the Cleveland Indians’ organization. In 53 2/3 innings with the Columbus Clippers Bauer has a 4.02 ERA in nine starts, with 55 strikeouts and 28 walks. The UCLA product has made three starts with the Indians this season, going 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA, walking 15 and striking out 11. His win came on May 1, when he went five shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over the Phillies.

Zach Britton — Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles), Triple-A, pitcher

The former Canyon High player is back with the Norfolk Tides after going 0-1 during a brief stint with the Baltimore Orioles this year. He remains on the team’s 40-man roster and is 3-2 with the Tides with a 3.28 ERA in 11 starts with 44 strikeouts and 23 walks.

Trevor Brown — Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants), Single-A, catcher

The former Hart High and UCLA player was drafted in the 10th round in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and has moved up to Single-A Augusta this season. So far, he is batting .256 with 22 RBIs and two home runs with a .307 on-base percentage.

Jared Clark — Sioux Falls Canaries (Independent) first baseman

Clark, a Valencia High graduate, signed with Independent Sioux Falls this season and is batting .231 with a .397 on-base percentage, 19 RBIs and nine home runs.

Charlie Gillies — West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers), Single-A, pitcher

The Master’s College product was 1-0 with High-A Lakeland in one start before dropping down to Single-A West Michigan. With the Whitecaps, Gillies has been hurt by a lack of run support in his seven starts and is currently 0-3 despite a respectable 3.03 ERA with 22 strikeouts and nine walks.

Tyler Glasnow — West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates), High-A, pitcher

Glasnow has risen to Single-A West Virginia this season and he’s now the No. 19 rated prospect in the Pirates’ system. The Hart High graduate is on fire this year with a 3-1 record and a 2.92 ERA in 12 starts and 52 1/3 innings pitched. The 19-year-old 2011 MLB draft pick has 80 strikeouts and 35 walks on the season.

Brian Hernandez — Inland Empire 66ers (Los Angeles Angels), California League, High-A, third baseman

The College of the Canyons product Brian Hernandez is back with the 66ers this season for the third year in a row and is batting .255 with 44 RBIs and three home runs. His 44 RBIs rank tied for sixth in the California League.

Michael Hur — Rockford Aviators, Frontier League (Independent), outfielder

Hur, a Valencia High graduate, is in his third season with the Aviators and is batting .258 with two RBIs in 71 plate appearances this year.

Cory Jones — Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals), Midwest League, pitcher

The College of the Canyons product is 2-0 in two starts with Peoria. In 12 innings pitched, Jones has 11 strikeouts and just two walks. This is his second season in the Cardinals’ organization after being drafted in the fifth round of last year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Christian Lopes — Lansing Lugnuts, (Toronto Blue Jays) Midwest League, Single-A, shortstop

Lopes, a former Valencia Viking, was moved to the Lugnuts this season and is batting .279 with 35 RBIs and four home runs in his second season in the minor leagues. Lopes ranks 13th in the league in RBIs.

Timmy Lopes — Clinton LumberKings (Seattle Mariners), Midwest League, shortstop

The former Valencia High player is batting .229 in 46 games with the LumberKings, with 15 RBIs and 10 walks.

Casey McCarthy — Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami Marlins), High-A, pitcher

The pitcher has thrown in just one game for the Hammerheads in 2013, throwing two innings and allowing four earned runs. He is now with the Batavia Muckdogs, the Marlins single-A short season affiliate.

Mike Montgomery – Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays), Triple-A, pitcher

Montgomery, who was traded to the Rays organization as part of a deal that sent fellow Hart grad James Shields to the Royals, has made multiple stops this season. He’s played with both the Bulls and the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. He missed most of April and May, but is 2-0 in five starts with a 4.05 ERA in Durham. He has 19 strikeouts and 11 walks. The highlight of his season so far was a seven-inning, no-hit outing on June 7 against Indianapolis.

Juan Perez — Bakersfield Blaze (Cincinnati Reds), California League, shortstop

The College of the Canyons product is batting .249 with the Blaze with 19 RBIs and four home runs. Perez has walked 18 times this season with an on-base percentage of .302.

Will Savage — Lancaster Barnstormers (Independent), pitcher

The College of the Canyons product is 4-5 in nine starts this season with 32 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Shawn Smith — Washington Wild Things (Independent), pitcher

The left-handed pitcher and former MLB draft pick out of Saugus High threw his first professional complete game on Sunday in Washington’s 6-1 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. In his second year with the Wild Things, the 22-year-old Smith is 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in five starts and 31 1/3 innings pitched. Prior to playing for Washington, Smith spent three years in the Tampa Bay Rays’ system after being selected by the Rays in the ninth round of the 2008 draft.

Casey Stevenson — Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees), Florida State League, High-A, first baseman

The Saugus High graduate has seen his batting average dip with Tampa this season, sitting at .200 in 50 at bats. He has seven RBIs and one home run on the year.

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

In his second season at the Triple-A level, Susdorf, a Hart High graduate, is batting .313 for the Iron Pigs with 19 RBIs and 11 doubles.

Jenzen Torres — Normal Corn Belters, (Independent), Frontier League, catcher

The Hart High graduate has struggled in 16 games with the Corn Belters, batting just .067 with a home run and two RBIs.

Zach Vincej — Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds), Single-A, shortstop

The Saugus High graduate and Pepperdine product was selected in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft last season. In his first season in the Reds organization he is batting .248 with a home run and 19 RBIs in his first 60 games with Dayton. 

Danny Worth — Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers), infielder

The Valencia High alumnus has spent been on the disabled list with a heel injury since April 18 and has been rehabbing with High-A Lakeland. According to reports, Worth is expected to return to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in a few weeks. Worth began the season in Toledo, where he batted .136 through 13 games.

Joseph Zeller — Frontier Greys (Independent) , pitcher

Zeller, now pitching with the independent Frontier Greys, is 3-2 this season in five starts. The knuckleballer out of The Master’s College has a 5.06 ERA in 26 2/3 innings with 17 strikeouts and 12 walks.


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