Pro News Update

Blach Named PCL Pitcher of the Week

Sacramento River Cats' Ty Blach was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week. The left-hander last week tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout as Sacramento trounced Round Rock en route to their eighth straight win.

In that game, Blach allowed three hits and two walks while fanning six en route to his first career nine-inning, complete game shutout.

For the week he pitched 17 innings over two games, allowing just six hits, one earned run and three walks, while striking out 10 batters to garner his POW award.

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With their 4-3 loss on Sunday, the the River Cats snapped a franchise-best 13-game winning streak. Sacramento's 13 straight wins were just one short of tying the Las Vegas 51s as the longest Pacific Coast League win streak since 2005.

Hoskins Earns Offensive Player of the Week in FSL


Rhys Hoskins (Jesuit/Sacramento State) posted a .321 batting average in seven games for Clearwater, going 9-for-28 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBI to earn Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The first baseman is batting .304 with seven home runs and 34 RBI since being promoted from the Phillies' Single-A Advanced Lakewood team where he earned midseason All-Star honors.

For the season, Hoskins' aggregate batting record is .314, 34 doubles and 85 RBI.

A fifth round draft pick last year by Philadelphia, Rhys was signed by local area scout, Joey Davis.





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For decades, Sacramento has been a hotbed of tremendous baseball talent. A few of the homegrown locals performing in the Major Leagues at present from the greater Sacramento area* include J.P. Howell, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Parra, Andrew Susac, and many more.

Among the hundreds of former professional players who have hailed from around here (and this is not an exhaustive list) include: Dusty Baker, Larry Bowa, Ken and Bob Forsch, Stan Hack, Woody Held, David Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Joe Marty, Butch Metzger, Steve Sax, Greg Vaughn, Fernando Vina and many others.

Numerous MLB managers have come out of Sacramento, including:
Dusty Baker (SF Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds) Larry Bowa (San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies) Jerry Manuel (Chicago White Sox and New York Mets) Buck Martinez (Toronto Blue Jays) John McNamara (6 teams).

Many top-name big league players barnstormed through Sacramento from the teens through the early '60s. Among the barnstormers, none were bigger than Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, who performed as the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin Lous here in Sacramento in 1927 (you can read more about that tour at ThePitchBook.com).

After runnin' the bases here, if you would like to submit material that you believe should be included at BaseballSacramento.com, please send an email to
RAC (at) baseballsacramento (dot) com.

Also be sure to check out the All-Time Top 50 Players from Sacramento in the History section.


Rick Cabral

* The "greater Sacramento baseball area" extends west to Woodland, north to Yuba City, east to Grass Valley and south to the San Joaquin County line.

Updated 8/25/15
All contents © Rick Cabral, 2010-2015



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