Sacramento-area baseball players in AAA or MLBLoading
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    Right-hand pitcher Mitch Lively played on the Sacramento State football team as punter for four seasons. He spent much of spring training in the Giants major league camp before finally going to the team's Treiple-A Fresno Grizzlies.
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  • A right-hander with the Washington Nationals, Ryan Mattheus attended Galt High School and Sacramento City College before turning pro. He was one of the workhorses in the Natinals' bullpn in 2012 and is expected to play a large role in the team's expected push into contention again this season.
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    Vinnie Catricala, a Jesuit High School alumni, was born in Sacramento on Oct. 31, 1988. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound third baseman, plays in the Seattle Mariners AAA franchise system. In 2012, Catricalahit .229 with 10 home runs 60 RBI. He was the Seattle Mariners' Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, hitting .349 with 25 home runs and 106 RBI.
    Colorado Springs AAA outfielder Tim Wheeler is a 6-4, 205-pound center fielder, was born in Sacramento on Jan. 21, 1988. Wheeler played college baseball at Sacramento State University and was drafted in the 1st round (32nd) of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.
    Manny Parra, 29, was born in Carmichael and attended Casa Roble and American River College. A 6-3, 203-pound lefthander, he was drafted in 2001 by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round. On February 1st, 2013, the Cincinnati Reds signed Parra to a 1 year contract.
    J.P. Howell played for Jesuit High before going to Texas. Drafted in the 2004 supplemental by the Kansas City Royals, the 31-year-old lefty, who stands 6-feet, 180, agreed to a one-year $2.85 million free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Jan. 4, 2013.
    Eric Berger, 27, out of Woodcreek High and the University of Arizona, pitches for the Houston Astros AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City. The 6-3, 210-pound lefthander was drafted by the A's in the 9th round in 2007 and the Indians in the 8th round in 2008. Berger was traded to the Astros on April 15, 2013.
    Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox second baseman, played high school at Woodland before being drafted out of Arizona State by Boston in the second round in 2004. At ASU, the 5-8, 165-pound righty never hit below .347, and had a career average of .384, starting all 185 games. Last year, Pedroia tore a muscle in his right thumb. He made the decision to return to the lineup after missing sox games, but on July 3 he hyperextended the same thumb and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Pedroia stole his 100th career stolen base on September 26, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. On September 30, Pedroia would break his ring finger on his left hand but after being reassured that the injury would not degrade with use, he made the decision to play through the pain in the following season-ending series at Yankee Stadium.
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    Lars Anderson, 24, played for Jesuit High School and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round in 2006. Born in Oakland, the 6-4, 215 pound lefty first baseman, on February 01, 2013, was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox, and placed on their 40-man roster.
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