Area baseball beat: Bella Vista’s Haley earns Carolina League honors

Published: Saturday, Jun. 14, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Salem right-hander Justin Haley has been selected to the Carolina League team for the California-Carolina All-Star Game on June 17 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Del.

The former Bella Vista High School and Sierra College standout also was named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week after throwing a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts against Frederick.

Haley, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, is one of only three minor-league pitchers with a save and a shutout this season. Haley has had more success as a starter. In five starts, he has a 1.50 ERA and opponents are hitting just .219 against him. He’s also second in the Carolina League with a 2.05 ERA in 13 outings.

In other minor-league news, the Atlanta Braves released left-handed pitcher Eric Berger (Woodcreek). Berger, 28, appeared in three games for the River Cats, allowing three hits and one run in 11/3 innings, before appearing in 11 games for the Mississippi Braves, Atlanta’s Double-A affiliate, where he allowed 21 hits and 14 earned runs and struck out 15.

More on the MLB draft

• There were 1,215 players selected in this year’s 40-round draft, including 17 players from the Sacramento area (five from high schools, one each from junior college and UC Davis, two from Sacramento State and eight from non-area colleges).

The slot values for the five local players taken in the first 10 rounds of the draft: No. 23 Derek Hill (Elk Grove) $1,953,100, No. 75 J.D. Davis (Elk Grove) $748,600, No. 118 Logan Webb (Rocklin) $440,600, No. 142 Rhys Hoskins (Sac State, Jesuit) $349,700 and No. 308 Steven Patterson (UC Davis) $137,600.

Hill signed with the Detroit Tigers and received a $2 million bonus, slightly higher than his slotted value. Davis has signed with the Houston Astros for $758,600, but Patterson signed with the Cleveland Indians and Blake Grant Parks (Yuba City, Sierra) signed for $10,000 each. Hoskins has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies but the bonus was not announced.

• The first area player selected in the first June draft in 1965 was Bishop Armstrong shortstop Doug Carson in the second round by Detroit. He decided instead to attend Santa Clara, and in 1967 he was drafted in the June secondary phase and signed with Pittsburgh.

Six other area players were taken in the first draft: Spider Thomas (Winters, Sac State), Ron Bryant (Davis), Lowell Palmer (Norte Del Rio), Jim Nelson (Burbank), Doug Parsons (Bishop Armstrong) and Johnny Olander (Sac State). Bryant, Palmer and Nelson played in the major leagues.

• The highest area player picked in the draft was right-handed pitcher Butch Edge (El Camino), who went to the Milwaukee Brewers with the sixth selection in 1974. The lowest area player drafted was Matt Martinez (Grant, Sac State), the 94th-round pick of the Houston Astros in 1990.

• The lowest drafted player from the area to make the major leagues was Fernando Vina (Valley), taken out of Cosumnes River in the 51st round in 1988 by the New York Yankees. He went on to Arizona State instead of signing with the Yankees and was drafted two years later in the ninth round by the New York Mets.

• The last drafted players from the area to make it to the big leagues were Max Stassi (Yuba City) and Preston Guilmet (Oakmont) in 2009. No area players from the 1968, 1979, 1982 drafts, nor any since 2010, have made it to the big leagues.

• The most players drafted from one Sacramento-area high school is 25 by Cordova, followed by Elk Grove (23), Grant (18), Jesuit (16) and McClatchy (15).

• Cordova has had the most players – 12 – reach the majors: Chris Bosio, Zach Crouch, Joe Horgan, Geoff Jenkins, Randy Lerch, Jerry Manuel, Chris and Nyls Nyman, Bob Reece, Max Venable, Randy Veres and Larry Wolfe.

McClatchy has had five: Rowland Office, Ted Wilborn, , Dion James, Nick Johnson and Steve Holm; as has Grant: Leron Lee, Leon Brown, Taylor Duncan, Rusty McNealy and Ricky Jordan.

• The most area players selected from the same institution in a single June draft was 11 by Sacramento City in 1991: Chris Lemp (Valley), ninth round by Baltimore; Mike Jewell (El Camino), 14th by Cleveland; Darrell May, 14th by the A’s; Jason McDonald (Elk Grove), 15th by Pittsburgh; Mike McLain (Elk Grove), 30th by Kansas City; Josh Kirtlan (Delta), 41st by Detroit; Robert Perry, 41st by the Chicago White Sox; Jason Moore (El Dorado), 44th by Pittsburgh; Sean Davisson (Mira Loma), 56th by Detroit; Anthony Lacy (Foothill), 64th by the Giants and Rich Haley (Cordova), 77th by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sac City had the longest streak of consecutive drafts with at least one player taken (1985 to 2008), but the Panthers have only had four players selected since 2009, three in 2011 and one this year.


Mark McDermott is a freelance writer specializing in Sacramento-area baseball. Contact him at egmacker@yahoo.com.

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