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Madrigal adds College World Series title and area's richest signing bonus to his résumé

Oregon State's Nick Madrigal (3) throws to first for an out against Arkansas during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
Oregon State's Nick Madrigal (3) throws to first for an out against Arkansas during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 27, 2018. AP

Bouncing around the sporting regions in a forward lean:

Madrigal moment – Talk about a charmed baseball life.

Nick Madrigal was paramount in leading the Laguna Youth Baseball 10-under team to the 2007 Cal Ripken World Series championship, punctuated by a police escort down Laguna Boulevard upon their return from Indiana.

At Elk Grove High School, Madrigal starred on two Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title teams. And he's coming off of a College World Series title run as the lone captain at Oregon State.

And more: The second baseman has signed with the Chicago White Sox, the No. 4 pick in the draft reportedly collecting the bonus slot sum of $6.4 million. That's the highest signing bonus for a regional player.

Only Bill Cartwright of Elk Grove went higher in a major sports draft, going third overall out of USF to the Knicks in 1979.

These players worked their way up from their roots in the Sacramento area to play in the majors. Here's a look at who is where on MLB rosters for the 2018 season. Photos by The Associated Press.

J.D. time – J.D. Davis of Elk Grove roots and a slugger for the Fresno Grizzlies was named to the July 11 Triple-A All-Star Game to be played in Columbis, Ohio.

In his fifth season with the Astros with two stints with the big-league club, Davis is batting .337 with three four-hit games. On May 17 at El Paso, he hit for the cycle. Davis has too much clout and hunger not to get back to the Astros in a sport that can be equal parts exhilarating and frustrating.

Vander Now – Tyler Vander Waal of Christian Brothers has been named the starting quarterback at Wyoming after a strong spring showing.

The redshirt freshman was recognized by Street & Smith's 2018 College Football Yearbook as the top freshman in the Mountain West Conference. Vander Waal has size at 6-foot-4, a good arm, and legs that love to chug for first downs and a bit of swagger.

Pope dreams – Malik Pope wears No. 23 for the Lakers summer league team, and should he buck the long odds and make it to training camp, might he broker a deal with the "other" No. 23 of note in Los Angeles? As in, a cash sale of sorts? That would be LeBron James.

Pope of Laguna Creek and San Diego State will play for pay somewhere this season, likely overseas. He is 6-10 with an inside-outside game and can protect the rim. Pope did not play in the Lakers' opener at the California Classic at Golden 1 Center and scored five points in limited minutes in his second game.

Orr for more – Sacramento State athletic director Mark Orr of Christian Brothers and Cal has been named to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association for the upcoming academic year to represent the Big Sky Conference.

With 10 players back with All-Big Sky honors, Sac State is ranked 23rd in the Athlon Sports' Top 25 preseason list of FCS teams.

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