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Pro baseball: Season comes to a close in minors

A number of local products competed in minor league playoffs

Posted: October 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.

A number of athletes with Santa Clarita Valley ties took to the diamond over the course of the past month for the final time in their 2012 minor league seasons.

Highlighted by Hart High graduate and UCLA product Trevor Bauer, who pitched the Reno Aces to the Triple-A championship, many locals made tremendous strides over the course of the 2012 season.

From Valencia graduate Jared Clark finishing the season with 95 RBIs for the High-A Modesto Nuts to Hart graduate Tyler Glasnow striking out 40 batters in 34 1/3 innings in 11 appearances for the Gulf Coast League Pirates, there were many notable performances.

Here’s a look at how the Santa Clarita Valley’s minor league players performed this season.

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

The Hart High graduate and one of baseball’s top prospects had an eventful 2012.

In his second professional season, he received two promotions, including one to the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 28. He made his Major League debut against the Atlanta Braves and pitched four innings, allowing five hits and two runs.

The 21 year-old former UCLA star and 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner closed out the season with the Reno Aces, where he got the starting nod in the Triple-A championship game.

He pitched 4 2/3 innings and struck out six and the Aces beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 10-3.

Overall, Bauer went 12-2 in the minors in 2012 with a 2.42 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings.

He was named the Arizona organization’s minor league player of the year.

In Triple-A, he was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA in 14 games.

In Double-A Mobile, he was 7-1 with a 1.68 ERA.

He was also selected to play in the Futures Game during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week in Kansas City, but did not participate because of his promotion to the Majors.

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

The Master’s College product finished with the independent Washington Wild Things after starting the season off with the El Paso Diablos.

He started nine games for the Wild Things and appeared in 19.

Blackwell went 3-4 in 2012 with a 7.92 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched.

He was picked up by the Wild Things on May 30 after being released from the Diablos three days earlier.

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

The Hart graduate finished the season playing with the San Angelo Colts of the North American Baseball League.

Overall, the 27 year-old Boggio went 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 22 appearances for the Colts.

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

The Hart High graduate was assigned to the Double-A Naturals on July 14 and accumulated a 2-6 record, a 6.67 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 10 starts in Arkansas.

Earlier in the year, Kansas City’s former No. 1 pitching prospect compiled a 3-6 record with a 5.67 ERA in 85 2/3 innings for the Omaha Storm Chasers in Triple-A.

The 23-year-old was selected 36th overall in the 2008 draft.

Jared Clark — Modesto Nuts (Colorado Rockies), Single-A, first baseman

The Valencia graduate finished the 2012 California League season with a .236 batting average for the Modesto Nuts.

Clark, 26, slugged 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.

Their season ended after getting swept by the Lancaster JetHawks in the California League Championship.

Josh Corrales — Clinton LumberKings (Seattle Mariners), Single-A, pitcher

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

Overall, Corrales went 4-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 55 innings pitched.

The 22 year-old had 55 strikeouts in 37 appearances.

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

Kyle Eveland, a College of the Canyons product, finished the season with the Traverse City Beach Bums and batted .203 with five home runs and 32 RBIs.

Earlier in 2012, the 25 year-old began the year with the Kannapolis Intimidators and moved up to the Winston-Salem Dash in the Chicago White Sox organization before returning to the Beach Bums.

In his previous stint with the Beach Bums in 2010, Eveland hit .239 in 37 games with 10 doubles and 14 RBI.

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

Brian Hernandez had an eventful 2012 with the Angels’ organization.

He began the season in High-A with the Inland Empire 66ers, before being assigned to the Double-A Arkansas Travelers on June 20. Before the move to the Travelers, Hernandez batted .292 in 65 games for the 66ers.

In 65 games for the Travelers, the 23-year-old batted .249 with 10 doubles and 19 RBIs.

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

Glasnow began the season with the Rookie League Gulf Coast League Pirates.

In 11 appearances, the 19-year-old Hart High School graduate started 10 games and struck out 40 batters in 34 1/3 innings.

He was 0-3 with a 2.10 ERA.

Glasnow was later assigned to the State College Spikes on September 3.  

In one start for the Spikes, he pitched four innings and struck out four batters while allowing four hits and two unearned runs.

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

The 23-year-old Valencia graduate was batting .204 through 46 games when a leg injury put him on the disabled list.
During the season, Hill collected 32 hits and 22 RBIs.

Michael Hur — Rockford RiverHawks, Frontier League (independent), outfielder

Hur completed his first full season with the Rockford RiverHawks of the Frontier League.

The 24-year-old Valencia graduate batted .298 with 57 RBIs, 15 home runs and 18 doubles.

Juan Perez – Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati Reds), Double-A, second baseman

Perez, 20, spent most of the 2012 season playing for Class-A Dayton Dragons.

He appeared in 125 games for the Dragons and led the team with 122 hits.

The College of the Canyons product also led the team in at-bats (482), triples (eight), total bases (192) and was second on the team in home runs with nine.

On Sept. 1, the 20-year-old was promoted to the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, where he made three appearances and drew one walk.

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

The former College of the Canyons pitcher started 24 games and appeared in 30 for the Isotopes.

The 28-year-old went 10-7 with a 5.59 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings.

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

The Saugus graduate went 3-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 25 games for the independent league team.

The 22-year-old also 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 RiverDogs (New York Yankees), Single-A, second baseman

The Saugus graduate spent the 2012 season with the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs.

In 66 games, he batted .300 with 69 hits, five home runs and 37 RBIs.

In the last 10 games of the season, Stevenson, 24, batted .333 with 10 RBIs.

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

The Hart High graduate began the 2012 season playing for the Double-A Reading Phillies.

He appeared in 33 games and batted .297 with 33 hits and 15 RBIs.

On May 19, the 26-year-old was assigned to the Phillies’ Triple-A squad, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

In his debut, he went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Susdorf batted .282 with 75 hits, 18 doubles, one home run and 26 RBIs in 84 games for the Iron Pigs.

Overall, he batted .286 with two home runs and 41 RBIs in 2012.

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

Valaika spent the 2012 season in the minors after stints with the Cincinnati Reds in 2011.

The Hart graduate batted .223, and collected 65 hits, six home runs and 29 RBIs in 85 games for the Bats.  

In September 2011, he tore his ACL in a game against the Rockies. In June, Valaika missed time after undergoing surgery on the same knee that he tore his ACL.

He played three games this year on a rehab assignment with the Arizona Rookie League Reds and went 1-for-10 with a solo home run.

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

The Master’s College product played with four teams in 2012.

Overall, he went 3-5 in the minors, with a 3.56 ERA in 31 appearances, including 10 starts.


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