The California Warriors Featured Alum of the Week is Devin Pearson, the former California Warrior who went on to play at UC Berkeley before embarking on the newest development in his exciting baseball career. While his playing days are behind him, Devin has found a way to stay around the game – instead being the talent on the field, it is now his job to find the talent. As a member of the Red Sox amateur scouting department, Pearson will pour over tape and data to help build a strong Minor League system for the Red Sox. “This job was a no-brainer for me,” Pearson said. “How cool is having an office in Fenway Park and being involved in baseball? It’s a perfect fit.” Congrats to Devin, we’re looking forward to watching his career in baseball continue to flourish!
Congratulations to Nick Simonian, the California Warriors Alumni Pitcher of the Week – Nick is having a great season with the De Anza Dons, and looks to build on it as he prepares to transfer to the University of Illinois at Chicago next year. On the season so far, Nick has started 12 games while appearing in 15 and carries a 7-4 record. He has a very solid 2.80 ERA over 64.1 Innings Pitched, and has collected 51 K’s, good for an impressive 7.13 K/9. Best of luck to Nick as he moves forward with his college career!
Pinole Valley HS Sophomore Deven Irwin has had an excellent week and a great season so far, making his presence felt on the varsity squad. In his most recent game against Alhambra HS, Deven went 2 for 5 with a Triple, a Double, 2 Runs and an RBI. Irwin is hitting .383 this year, with 16 Runs and 6 RBI, a .500 OBP and a .983 OPS – he has also helped the team out from the mound, earning 2 Saves.
Following another invitation to the Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training, California Warriors alum O’Koyea Dickson has absolutely shot out of the gates during his first week back with the AAA-affiliate Oklahoma City Dodgers. O’Koyea has collected 10 Hits over his first 14 AB’s (good for a .714 AVG), has scored 6 Runs, driven in 5 RBI, and blasted 3 HR (including a multi-HR game) as he continues making his case to earn the final promotion up to the big leagues. In 2016, Dickson had a breakout season for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, hitting for a .328 AVG and .994 OPS over 329 AB and collecting 63 Runs, 64 RBI, and and 18 HR. A standout player in a crowded Dodgers minor league system, Dickson has proven the value of tenacity and hard work, qualities that made him stand out as well during his time as a California Warriors player and coach.
California Warriors alum and current UC Berkeley junior, Matt Ladrech, built on his strong season with a dominant outing against Arizona State this week. Ladrech earned the Win for the Golden Bears in a 10-2 victory by tossing 6.2 Innings of 1-Run ball while striking out 4 and walking none. Over 20 IP this season, Matt has a 2-0 record with 11K’s, 2 BB’s, and an immaculate 0.90 ERA. We look forward to watching the rest of Matt’s junior year at CAL unfold!
College of Marin Freshman, Christian Merriwether, helped his team take 2 of 3 in last week’s series against Napa Valley College, going 4 for 12 with 6 RBI, 2 Runs, a HR and a Triple. The center fielder from Castro Valley HS has scored 19 Runs and driven in 17 RBI over 72 AB so far this season, and has flashed some speed with 3 Triples. Up next for CW Hitter of the Week Merriwether and the COM Mariners are the Mendocino College Eagles, where California Warriors Director of Baseball Operations Ryan Burke is an assistant coach.
This week’s California Warriors Pitcher of the Week is University HS standout, Charley Moore. Moore tossed two complete games – one against Marin Academy and one against Lick Wilmerding. In the complete game shutout against Marin Academy, Charley struck out 5 and only gave up 2 hits, and over the course of the week he collected 2 Wins, 7 K’s, and only gave up 1 Earned Run. On the season, Moore is sporting a dominant 1.15 ERA, and we look forward to watching his season unfold!
Henrik Reinertsen, our high school California Warriors Alumni Player of the Week, took the reins in a matchup against Novato HS, leading his Branson Bulls to a 1-0 victory by tossing a complete-game shutout. Branson’s sole run came in the 1st Inning, but that was all the run support Reinertsen – featured here in the Marin IJ – needed as he collected 8 K’s on his way to bringing home the Win.
The collegiate California Warriors Alumni Player of the Week is Marcus Chiu, who played a big role in helping College of Marin sweep Yuba College in a 3-game series over the weekend. Over the series, Chiu went 6 for 14 (good for a .429 AVG), scored 2 Runs, drove in 4 RBI, mashed a HR, and even stole a base to help the Mariners complete the sweep. Marcus, who has also coached for the California Warriors, is having a dominant season at the plate so far for COM, hitting .360 AVG / .453 OBP / .690 SLG across 100 AB while collecting 27 Runs, 30 RBI, 9 HR, and 5 SB.
The Milwaukee Brewers gave California Warriors alum Lucas Erceg a shot to prove himself this spring, bringing him along to big-league camp as a non-roster invitee. True to form, Erceg is off to a blistering start, turning heads with stellar performances one after the other and solidifying his spot as the 7th ranked prospect in the Brewers system.
Lucas showed he can swing it in clutch situations during a matchup against the Cincinnati Reds, when he stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 9th with the scored tied 2-2 and knocked a walkoff Single into right field. A few games later, Erceg really made his presence felt when the Brewers leveled Cleveland by a score of 14-4; Lucas accounted for 5 of those Runs, when he launched a 6th Inning Grand Slam onto the roof in right field and followed that up with a solo shot in the 8th.
Over 20 AB this spring, Erceg is batting a scorching-hot .450/.500/.1300 with 5 Runs, 7 RBI, and 2 HR. We’re looking forward watching Lucas’ career unfold, and wish him the best of luck!
Drake HS Senior and California Warriors alum, Nick Roth, had a monster day for the Pirates in their matchup against the Marin Catholic Wildcats. Hitting out of the cleanup spot, Roth also was Drake’s starting pitcher, leading his team to a 4-1 victory over MC on both sides of the ball.
On the mound, Nick dominated the Wildcats lineup, tossing a complete game in which he struck out 11 batters while giving up only 1 BB and 1 Run. Not to be overshadowed by his own pitching performance, Roth had a day at the plate too, going 4 for 4 with a Run scored.
Roth’s performance against MC is an indication of how well his season has gone thus far. On the hill, he is 3-0 over 17 IP with a stellar 1.06 ERA and 24 K’s, holding opposing batters to a meager .136 AVG. At the dish, he is hitting .471 over 17 AB’s with 4 Runs, 6 RBI, a Double and a Triple. Congratulations to Nick, and good luck the rest of the season!
Coming off a dominant 2016 season playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers AAA affiliate Oklahoma City Dodgers, California Warriors Alum O’Koyea Dickson has once again been invited to the Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. Dickson roped a Single and scored a Run in his first appearance of the spring against the Brewers, and continued his trend of lighting up pitchers with a 2-Run Home Run against the Rockies two days later.
O’Koyea – now 2 for 5 on the spring with 3 Runs, 2 RBI, and 1 HR – is knocking on the big league door after racking up a .328/.398/.596 triple-slash over 329 AB’s last season to go along with 63 Runs, 64 RBI, and 18 HR. The long-time California Warriors player and coach has little left to prove at the AAA level, we’re excited to see what’s next for the California Warriors Alum slugger!
From his playing days as a star outfielder for the Braves, Dodgers, Giants, and A’s to his time as the manger of the Giants, Cubs, Reds, and Nationals, Dusty Baker’s career spans over 40 years of service time in the big leagues. It all began when he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves out of high school in 1967, making his MLB debut one year later in 1968 (incidentally in that season, he was on deck when Hank Aaron hit the home run that moved him past Babe Ruth on the all-time list). From that early debut at age 19, he went on to collect some serious accolades – he was a 2x All-Star, World Series Champion, Gold Glove Winner, and 2x Silver Slugger, finishing his career with a .278 AVG, 242 HR, and 1013 RBI.
Still an active manager with the Washington Nationals, Dusty ranks 16th all-time in Wins by a manager with a career record of 1766-1571, and will look to jump up that list a couple spaces this season. Over his storied career as a manager, he has also gathered a long list of accolades for himself – he won the NL Manager of the Year 3 times, managed the 2003 NL All Star Team, won 103 games with the Giants in 1993, and has appeared in 7 playoffs and in 1 World Series as a manager.
“I don’t know why I do stuff sometimes. Sometimes I go by the numbers. Sometimes I go on what I feel. Sometimes I go on what I hope.”
In addition to Baker’s extensive production on the field and in the dugout, he is also on the board of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization with the mission to transform the culture of youth sports so that youth athletes can have a positive, character-building experience, and is the godfather of First Base Foundation & California Warriors Founder, Noah Jackson.
Facing off against a tough Texas A&M (ranked #20) lineup, California Warriors alum Max Gamboa brought his A-game to deliver a Win for the Pepperdine Waves. The Junior RHP from Tam High tossed 6.2 Innings of 1-Run ball during which he collected 10 K’s and only allowed 2 BB’s and 5 Hits.
The Win was Gamboa’s first of the season, and the appearance leaves him with an impressive 14/3 K/BB ratio over 10.2 IP. His strong showing against the formidable opponent, Texas A&M, is a sign of good things to come for the California Warriors alum, and we look forward to watching the rest of his season unfold!