Phil Caulfield, seen here in his days at Burlingame High School, is working his way up the ranks in the Washington Nationals organization. (Courtesy Merrick Belding)

Bay Area produces pro ballplayers at all levels

With baseball underway at the major minor league levels, players with local roots are scattered across the nation and the globe.

Vince Arobio: Drafted in the 24th round of the 2017 draft by the Chicago White Sox, Arobio posted a 4.03 ERA across 29 innings in the Arizona League, a rookie league that can be a nightmare for pitchers with triple-digit temperatures and thin desert air. An alumnus of Burlingame and University of the Pacific, he’s currently at extended spring training in Glendale. Arobio’s ability to pitch in hitter-friendly environments could be extremely helpful if he’s sent to Great Falls, a rookie-level affiliate in the Pioneer League.

Alex Blandino: The Cincinnati Reds called up the Palo Alto native and St. Francis alum to make his MLB debut after Eugenio Suarez suffered a fractured thumb. The Stanford product saw his first action on Tuesday, going 0-for-3 in a loss to Philadelphia.

B.J. Boyd: Boyd has continued his steady rise through the Oakland Athletics’ system, making the Opening Day roster for Triple-A Nashville. The 24 year old from Palo Alto had two hits on Tuesday night, raising his average to .267.

Phil Caulfield: A 2013 Burlingame graduate, Caulfield was drafted last year in the 32nd round out of Loyola Marymount. Despite injuries, the middle infielder put up an impressive run with the Washington Nationals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate, posting a .338 OBP, and he’s now at extended spring training. He’ll likely make it to either Low-A Auburn (New York) or Class-A Hagerstown this season.

Daniel Descalso: The San Carlos native and well-traveled utilityman is getting increased time at third base for the Arizona Diamondbacks with starter Jake Lamb currently on the disabled list. Descalso, a St. Francis alum, knocked a pinch-hit RBI double in Wednesday’s game at San Francisco.

O’Koyea Dickson: After a brief cup of coffee with the Dodgers in September, the Washington High and Sonoma State alum has taken his talents to Japan, where he signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Dickson has yet to appear in a game for a club that gained notoriety when Masahiro Tanaka led the side to the Japanese title in 2013.

Scott Feldman: Born in Hawaii but raised in Burlingame, Feldman is among the victims of the stagnant offseason, as he remains a free agent. In 2017, Feldman posted a 4.77 ERA for the Cincinnati Reds. He was their Opening Day starter, the third team for which he received the honor.

Matt Krook: One of the pieces traded from the Giants to the Tampa Bay Rays in the deal that brought Evan Longoria to the Bay Area, Krook now pitches for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits in the Southern League. His first appearance within the Rays organization was a solid one, allowing just one run in four innings on Saturday against Biloxi. Though being traded away from his home was a shock to the St. Ignatius alum, he has a chance for a quick path to the bigs through Tampa, especially with injuries to fellow prospects Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon.

Joc Pederson: Pederson, who manned the outfield at Palo Alto before Boyd, has become a regular fixture in the outfield for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Starting mainly against right-handers, he’s just 2-for-16 on the young season through Tuesday’s action. Pederson has experience at all three outfield spots, but he mainly now plays left field with Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig cemented in center and right.

Tony Renda: When Renda made his MLB debut in August 2016, he became the first Serra alum to reach the bigs since Barry Bonds’ retirement. He was traded to the Diamondbacks last season, spent part of the year injured and was released on March 21.

Sam Tuivailala: Regarded by football coach Steve Sell as one of the best quarterbacks in Aragon history, Tuivailala made the St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening Day roster. After allowing runs in each of his first two innings, the 25-year-old threw two scoreless innings in Monday night’s extra-inning loss to Milwaukee, an outing that could give the San Mateo native more leverage in a murky bullpen picture.

Prep Focus writer Ethan Kassel covers high school sports throughout the Bay Area. If you have a story tip, game to watch or player to track, email him at ethankassel@gmail.com.Prep Sports

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