Did you know that there are five players on this year’s Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants who hail from northern California? For the A’s, RHP Ryan Cook (Clovis HS) and RHP Tyson Ross (Bishop O’Dowd HS & UC Berkeley) help fill out the pitching staff while OF Jonny Gomes (Casa Grande HS in Petaluma & Santa Rosa JC) bolsters the lineup and acts as a veteran leader in the clubhouse. As NLCS hopefuls, the Giants currently fill two roster spots with SS Brandon Crawford (Foothill HS in Pleasanton) and Xavier Nady (Salinas HS & UC Berkeley).
Of the remaining playoff contenders, the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees, and the St. Louis Cardinals are all fielding local talent. The Tigers are supported by LHP Phil Coke (Sonora HS & San Joaquin Delta College) and OF Brennan Boesch; The Yankees have LHP juggernaut CC Sabathia (Vallejo HS) and INF Case McGehee; and the Cards’ roster is filled out by RHP Kyle Lohse (Butte College), INF Daniel Descalso (St. Francis HS & UC Davis), and OF/1B Allen Craig (UC Berkeley).
RHP Ryan Cook – Clovis HS
RHP Tyson Ross – Bishop O’Dowd HS & Cal-Berkeley
OF Jonny Gomes – Casa Grande HS (Petaluma) & Santa Rosa JC
SS Brandon Crawford – Foothill HS (Pleasanton)
Xavier Nady – Salinas HS & Cal-Berkeley
LHP Phil Coke – Sonora HS & San Joaquin Delta College
OF Brennan Boesch – Cal-Berkeley
New York Yankees
LHP CC Sabathia – Vallejo HS
INF Casey McGehee – Soquel HS & Fresno State
St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Kyle Lohse – Butte College
INF Daniel Descalso – St. Francis HS & UC Davis
OF/1B Allen Craig – Cal-Berkeley