It was another successful year for San Diegans playing professional baseball. Eight players and one manager who played their high school careers in San Diego made it into the MLB Playoffs.
Included in that list was Matt Bush, the former number one overall pick out of Mission Bay HS, who was selected by the Padres in 2004. Since then Bush has been with three organizations and has been arrested several times including a 2012 incident when he ran over a motorcyclist while under the influence. Bush was released from prison October 30th of last year before signing with the Rangers after a tryout. Bush made his major league debut in May and had an outstanding rookie season working his way into the setup role by seasons end. Bush finished his debut season at age 30, going 7-2 with and ERA of 2.48 and 61 strikeouts.
As usual, many other San Diegans made noise across the country in the minor leagues.
Catcher Garrett Stubbs (Torrey Pines HS/USC), an 8th rounder in 2015 put up huge numbers in A+ and AA for the Houston Astros. He hit .304 with 10 home runs, 22 doubles, and 15 steals over the two levels. Stubbs continued his hot hitting this week while hitting the first home run of the Arizona Fall League.
Phillip Evans, a 15th rounder out of La Costa Canyon HS in 2011 had a breakout season in the Mets organization. After being promoted to AA, the infielder hit .335 with 30 doubles and 8 home runs. Evans was named the MVP of the Eastern League.
2nd baseman Hutton Moyer (Cathedral Catholic HS/Pepperdine), a 7th round pick in 2015 and son of the 25 year veteran, showed off his power this season in A+ with Angels. Moyer hit 25 doubles, 14 home runs, and 3 triples.
Shortstop Kevin Newman (Poway HS/Arizona) was a 1st round pick of the Pirates in 2015 and has progressed quickly, putting together a great season in AA. He hit .320 with 21 doubles and 5 home runs.
RHP Joe Musgrove, a 1st round pick of the Blue Jays in 2011, had a great season in AA and AAA before making his major league debut with the Astros.
The Arizona Fall League got started this week and will feature six prospects from San Diego.
C: Garrett Stubbs – Torrey Pines HS/Houston Astros
RHP: Corey Oswalt – Madison HS/New York Mets
OF: Greg Allen – Hilltop HS/Cleveland Indians
OF: Brad Zimmer – La Jolla HS/Cleveland Indians
LHP: Stephen Gonsalves – Cathedral Catholic HS/Minnesota Twins
INF: Connor Joe – Poway HS/Pittsburgh Pirates