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San Diegans excel in minor league baseball

10/07/2014, 12:03pm PDT
By John Maffei

La Jolla's Zimmer brothers make news on and off the field

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United States' Bradley Zimmer warms up before an exhibition game against Cuba, Thursday, July 18, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa.

It was quite a summer for the Zimmer boys.

Both Kyle and Bradley were stars at La Jolla High and the University of San Francisco.

Kyle, a right-handed pitcher, was a first-round pick of the Royals in 2012, and 2014 was supposed to be the season that rocketed him to stardom.

But he was shutdown by shoulder tightness in the spring, then strained a lat muscle in May and was down for another six weeks.

He made six appearances in late August in Rookie ball.

He's healthy now and scheduled to pitch for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

Bradley, an outfielder, was a first-round pick of the Indians in June.

He signed quickly and hit .304 with four homers, 11 doubles and 30 RBIs in 45 games for Mohoning Valley of the New York-Penn League.

Baseball America named him to its Short Season-A All-Star team.

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  • Tony Wolters (Rancho Buena Vista), has been assigned to Peoria as he continues his conversion from middle infielder to catching for the Indians.

  • Right-hander Jake Reed (Helix/Oregon), a fifth-round pick of the Twins in June, will play for the Salt River Rafters. Reed was 3-0 with an 0.29 ERA in 20 appearances in the low minors.

  • Right-hander Ryan O'Sullivan (Valhalla), who was 7-8 for Double-A Reading in the Phillies organization, will pitch for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

More All-Stars

  • Outfielder Wynton Bernard (Rancho Bernardo/Niagara) was named the MVP of the Midwest League. Playing for West Michigan in the Detroit organization, Bernardo hit .323 with six homers, six triples, 30 doubles, 92 runs scored, 47 RBIs and 46 steals in 136 games.

  • Right-hander Nolan Gannon (Santa Fe Christian) was named to the Short Season-A All-Star team by Baseball America. He was 6-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 11 appearances for Hudson Valley of the New York-Penn League in the Rays system.

  • Joe Musgrove (Grossmont) was a Short Season-A All-Star after going 7-1 with a 2.81 ERA with Tri-City of the Northwest League in the Houston chain.

  • Right-hander Corey Oswalt (Madison) was 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA playing for Brooklyn of the Mets system in the New York Penn League.

Top performers

  • Alex Jackson (Rancho Bernardo), a first-round pick of the Mariners in June, hit .280 with a pair of homers, six doubles and 16 RBIs in the Arizona Rookie League. Making the switch from catcher to the outfield, he missed significant time after suffering a fracture near his sinus cavity after getting hit with a ball in the outfield.

  • Right-hander Michael Cederoth (Steele Canyon/San Diego State) was 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 42 2/3 innings for Elizabethon of the Appalachian League.

  • Left-hander Joey DeNato (Torrey Pines/Indiana) finished 4-1 with two saves and a 1.93 ERA over two levels for the Phillies organization.

  • Infielder Tim Zier (Escondido/San Diego State) hit .319 with eight doubles and 17 RBIs for the Phillies in the Gulf Coast League.

  • Infielder Andrew Daniel (Rancho Bernardo/USD) hit .340 with six homers, 20 doubles and 39 RBIs for Orem in the Angels chain.

College stars

There are more than 30 college summer leagues. Baseball America put together a list of the top prospects in each league. That list includes:

  • Catcher Riley Adams (Del Norte/USD), who played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

  • Infielder Kevin Newman (Poway/Arizona), who played for Falmouth in the Cape Cod League.

  • Infielder Sean Bouchard (Cathedral Catholic/UCLA), who played for Walla Walla in the West Coast League.

  • Right-hander Thomas Eshelman (Carlsbad/Cal State Fullerton), who played for Team USA.

  • Catcher Francis Christy (Palomar College), who played for Healdsburg in the Golden State League.

  • Right-hander C.J. Burdick (USD), who played for Danville in the Prospects League.

The Alumni Report appears every other week during the college season. Readers are encouraged to submit information on former San Diego County prep athletes to john.maffei@utsandiego.com.

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