Congratulations to the following BYBA alumni for their success in college and/or professional baseball.
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Scott Wynne Feldman (born February 7, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). After going 25–2 in his first two years of college baseball, he was drafted in the 30th round by the Texas Rangers in 2003. Feldman had Tommy John surgery later that year. He followed it up with a minor league career in which he had a 2.70 ERA, and held batters to only 6.6 hits per 9 innings, pitching almost exclusively in relief. After pitching out of the bullpen while bouncing back and forth between Texas and its Triple-A affiliate in 2005–07, Feldman converted to a starter in 2008. He established himself in 2009 with a breakout season for the Rangers. He was 17–8, tied for 4th in the American League in wins, and tied the major league record with 12 victories on the road.
Anthony Nicholas Granato (born March 18, 1981) is an Italian–Canadian professional baseball infielder who is a free agent. Granato attended Virginia Commonwealth University and played in the farm systems of the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. He subsequently played in the Canadian-American Association and Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Between 2010 and 2011 he played for San Marino Baseball Club in the Italian Baseball League, then he didn’t play for any franchise. Despite it, he continued to play with the Italy national baseball team, being also called for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Mike Mooney, All American (2003), Northern California Big Stick Award (2003), signed with San Francisco Giants
Former CWL alumni Matt Chavez was recently signed by the San Francisco Giants and will join the team for their Spring Training this upcoming 2014 season. Chavez is a catcher/first baseman who played for the California Winter League in 2013. His time at the CWL coupled with his time with the Prescott Montezuma Federals of the Freedom Pro Baseball League, put him on the map and got him noticed by the Giants’ organization. Chavez earned the opportunity to play in the Freedom Pro Baseball League after showcasing his skills in the 2013 California Winter League. In 39 games with the Federals, Chavez hit .430 with 18 home runs and 49 RBI in just 151 at-bats. Those numbers were good enough to earn him the Triple Crown award for the 2013 FPBL season. The Bay Area native who graduated from the University of San Francisco will have an opportunity to earn a spot on the Giants’ roster this upcoming Spring Training. The CWL would like to congratulate Chavez on this career-changing opportunity.
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 14th round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. 2013 signed as a free agent with The Colorado Rockies
- July 2012 Rays Player of the Month
- 2011 Southern League Player of the Week
- 2010 FSL All-Star
- 2010 FSL Home Run Derby Champ
- 2010 FSL Player of the Month
- 2010 Arizona Fall League Invitation
- 2008 Sally League Leader in Triples
- 2006 APP Player of the Week
He attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California from autumn 2000 to spring 2004. Lofgren was drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians. He played in their minor league system from 2004 to 2009. He started in the Carolina League All-Star Game in 2006. In 2007, he represented the Indians in the All-Star Futures Game.
He was then drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the major league phase of the 2009 Rule 5 draft and began the 2010 season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He filed for free agency after the 2010 season and signed with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies in hopes of making the San Francisco Giants.
In 2011 he joined the Giants High-A affiliate team the San Jose Giants and received a mid-season call up to the Triple-A team Fresno Grizzlies. Flirting with the possibility of reaching the MLB as a hitter, Lofgren resigned from the Giants in September. He then signed on with the Independent league baseball Amarillo Sox for the rest of the season.
In 2012 he joined the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League.
He most recently played for the San Rafael Pacifics of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs in 2014.
Notable College players
Tommy Caufield – University of San Francisco (D1)
Philip Caufield – Loyola Marymount (D1)
Justin Granato – Cal State Los Angeles (D2)
Vince Arobio – University of Pacific (D1)
Mikey Franco – Azusa Pacific (D1)
Tony Brunicardi – Sacramento State (D1) – Skyline Baseball Coach