Here’s how our local minor leaguers are fairing roughly two weeks into the baseball season:
Dwight Childs (Elk Grove H.S./Arizona Univ.) - He’s catching for the Carolina Mudcats in the Advanced-A Carolina League. Childs plays roughly every third game, batting .200 with two home runs in five games.
Casey Weathers (Laguna Creek H.S./Vanderbilt Univ.) – He’s a late inning reliever for the Tennesee Smokies of the Double-A Southern League. Weathers has a 1-0 record with a 4.15 ERA in four games for the Chicago Cubs’ affiliate.
David Freitas (Elk Grove H.S./Univ. of Hawaii) – Off to a hot start for the Potomac Nationals of the Advanced-A Carolina League. The catcher is batting .324 with two home runs and eight RBI’s in 11 games.
Cory Vaughn (Jesuit H.S./San Diego State) – He’s playing for the Mets’ Advanced-A affiliate in St. Lucie, Fla. The Elk Grove resident is batting .302 with a home run in the Mets’ first 12 games in the Florida State League.
Raymond Hernandez (Elk Grove H.S./Fullerton St.) – He’s made the jump to the Advanced-A California League in just his second season of pro ball. In three appearances and one start for the Visalia Rawhide, Hernandez is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA.
Kyle Castro (Pleasant Grove H.S.) – He’s on the roster of the Texas Rangers’ Rookie League team in Arizona.
Brady Dragmire (Bradshaw Christian H.S.) – Playing with the Toronto Blue Jays’ Rookie League team in the Gulf Coast League.
Kyle Devore (Pleasant Grove H.S./Sacramento City College) – He’s playing for the Rangers’ Advanced-A club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Brandon Pinckney (Elk Grove H.S.) – Will be playing for the Worchester (Mass.) Tornadoes of the Can-Am Independent League. His season doesn’t start until mid-May.
Brad Kilby (Laguna Creek H.S./San Jose State) – Still working out and hoping for a mid-May return to pro baseball. He’s a free agent after spending five seasons in the Oakland A’s organization. In the meantime, he’s been the pitching coach at Franklin High School. ….
Not to forget about the Elk Grove’s only major leaguer, Arizona pitcher David Hernandez; He’s made eight appearances thus far, all in late-inning relief and has a 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA. He’s struck out 11 batters in 7 1/3 innings and has walked only two. Saturday in an inning of relief against Atlanta he struck out the side. …
The nation’s top-ranked college softball team, Cal, won two of three games this past weekend at Oregon. The Ducks, ranked 13th in the country, handed the Bears only its third loss of the season, 1-0, on Saturday. The Bears, now 42-3 overall and 13-2 in the Pac-12, bounced back Sunday with a 10-0 win over Oregon.
Sheldon’s sister pair of Jolene and Danielle Henderson each had two RBI’s Sunday. Jolene threw a three-hitter and struck out six. She raised her pitching record to 24-1 and has a 1.15 ERA. This weekend they host UCLA and former Pleasant Grove nemesis Ally Carda in a three-game series beginning Friday. …