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Comets' 2-year baseball signings
list reaches 32
MARCOS (8-28-2015) --
Palomar's two-year list of baseball players
receiving scholarships to the four-year
university level has reached 32.
Two de-commits from
earlier verbal commitments are left-handed
relief pitcher Graham Gomez (left, to San
Jose State), who originally committed to San
Diego State; and right-handed pitcher Tyler
Russell (to NAIA World Series team Lindsey
Wilson University, who originally committed
to Oral Roberts University.
Gomez joins former
Palomar center fielder Dillon Smith at San
Jose State. Smith, the 2014 Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a
first-team all-state selection, was the
Spartans' starting rightfielder during the
Catcher Francis Christy,
who had signed early with the University of
Washington, instead signed a $250,000 pro
contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks after
being drafted in the seventh round.
Infielder Vince Mori, the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Men's
Scholar Athlete of the Year for all sports,
received an acadmic grant from NCAA Division
II UC San Diego, which does not offer
PALOMAR BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
Player (High School)
Gomez (Santa Fe Christian)
State (NCAA D-I)
Bravin (Silverado, Las Vegas)
Michigan (NCAA D-I)
Christy (Casa Grande, Petaluma)
(NCAA D-I) - pro contract
Barnett (Orange Glen)
Lewis-Clark St. (NAIA national
Balderas (La Costa Canyon)
Lewis-Clark St. (NAIA national
Stratton (Chaparral, Temecula)
Poly-Pomona (NCAA D-II WS 3rd place)
Huber (Mira Mesa)
State (NCAA D-II)
D-II) - academic scholarship
Salcedo (Murrietta Mesa)
Wilson (NAIA World Series team)
Russell (Vista Murrieta)
Wilson (NAIA World Series team)
Lemus (Arlington, Riverside)
Francisco State (NCAA D-II)
Mitchell (M.L. King, Riverside)
Gomez (from San Diego State);
Russell (from Oral Roberts); Christy
(from University of Washington) --
drafted in 7th round and signed for
$250,000 with the Arizona
Palomar's Tyler Saladino faces the
Angels on Wednesday night at
Anaheim. Saladino has been the
regular starting third baseman for
the Chicago White Sox since being
called up from Triple-A Charlotte on
July 10. According to a MLB.com
article, the Ex-Comet may find
himself back at short, where he's
played his whole life, for the Sox
in 2016 depending on the contract
status of current shortstop starter
Alexei Ramirez. The Angels won
Wednesday's third game of the teams'
four-game series in Anaheim 1-0
before Saladino helped spark an 8-2
win for the Sox on get-away day
week ago, Saladino helped make
things miserable for Mike Trout and
the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field in
Chicago. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Saladino transitions from short to
3rd for Sox
One week ago, at U.S. Cellular Field in
Chicago, former Palomar star shortstop /
current Chicago White Sox regular starting
third baseman Tyler Saladino helped make
life miserable for reigning American League
MVP Mike Trout and the Angels.
Saladino made a series of his now-familiar
spectacular plays, two of them involving
Trout on back-to-back nights, as the White swept a three-game
series from the Angels. In the series' final
game, he gunned down Trout the plate and
also turned an unassisted double play.
Then, in a loss to the Chicago Cubs at U.S.
Cellular the following night, he made three
even-more spectacular plays, all in the
second inning, and one of them on an
incredible diving catch extending to his
left that earned him ESPN Sport Center's No.
1 play of the day recognition.
also deflected a hard-hit ball that he then
bare-handed in the air, then rocketed the
ball to first from the foul line behind the
bag as he gunned down the Cubs' Jorge Soler
He admitedly has been experiancing a
learning curve at an unfamiliar position on
the fly after spending his whole life as a
shortstop. But the 2009 Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Player of the Year's
spectacular defensive plays since being
called up from Triple-A Charlotte on July 10
have become expected in Chicago on an almost
Early in August, White Sox radio announcer
Darrin Jackson, a 15-year Major League
veteran as a player, got so excited after
another of Saladino's spectacular plays that
he called Tyler "the best third baseman I've
ever seen" -- on the air during a game.
paused and added the word "recently" after
he realized what had just come out of his
mouth. But you get the idea.
Saladino was Summit League Player of the
Year as an Oral Roberts University junior in
2010 after transferring from Palomar where
he was first-team all-state under coach Buck
After he led Oral Roberts to
its 13th straight conference championship,
the White Sox drafted him in the seventh
round and signed him. He rose steadily
through the Sox' minor league system,
undeterred by an injury and arm surgery last
summer just before he was scheduled to start
at shortstop in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Saladino has started 32 of 35 games since
being called up, all but two of them at
third base and the others at shortstop and
first base. Along with his defense, he also
has made some memorable offensive
helped spark the Sox to an 8-2 win over the
Angels in Thursday night's series finale.
His surprise bunt advanced Adam Eaton from
second to third and set up the first run of
the game as Chicago took a 2-0 lead.
Saladino finished the night 2-for-4 with an
RBI and a run scored -- and more spectacular
defense at third.
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Saladino goes 2-for-4 vs.
Rays' Archer, homers
CHICAGO (8-04-2015) --
Palomar's Tyler Saladino
smashed his third home run since being called up
from Triple-A on July 10 on Tuesday night and wound
up going 2-for-4 but the Chicago White Sox lost 11-3
to the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field.
Saladino, who has started every game for the Sox
since the call-up and bats second in the order while
playing third base, lined his HR into the leftfield
seats off the Rays' Chris Archer for Chicago's first
run of the game in the bottom of the third inning.
He hit a 98 MPH 4-seam fastball.
Saladino, who has played spectacularly at third base
for the Sox, also singled to right field off Archer
in the sixth inning. He moved over in the
eighth to play the final two innings at shortstop.
SALADINO'S HOME RUN
New Palomar pitching coach Bobby Shore is
shown when he pitched the University of
Oklahoma into the 2010 College World Series
by winning championship games in both the
Regionals and Super Regionals. An All-State
first-team selection at Palomar, going 15-3
during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Shore is
third on the Comets' all-time career
strikeout list behind only Mark Ringkamp and
future Major Leaguer Nick Vincent. --
University of Oklahoma photo
Bobby Shore is Comets' new pitching
MARCOS (7-29-2015) --
Bobby Shore, one of the best pitchers in
Palomar history who spent the 2015 season on
coach Buck Taylor's staff as volunteer
bullpen coach, has been named the Comets'
new pitching coach.
He replaces Jared Suwyn, who is leaving
Palomar after three seasons to become the
new Cal State San Marcos pitching coach.
Shore came out of Oceanside High School,
where he was Avocado League Player of the
Year and first-team All-CIF San Diego
Section, to compile a 15-3 win-loss record
for the Comets (4-2 as a freshman in 2008
and 11-1 with a 2.40 earned run average
during a breakout 2009 season as a
sophomore). He went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA, 14
strikeouts and two walks in 14 innings in
the post-season in 2009 with pitching wins
in both the Regionals and Super Regionals.
Shore was a first-team All-Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference selection (teammate
Tyler Saladino, who is now the Chicago White
Sox' starting third baseman, was the Player
of the Year) after the 2009 Comets won 36
games and the PCAC championship -- and
advanced to the finals of the Super
Regionals. The Comets were ranked as high as
sixth in the nation and finished the year
ranked No. 11 nationally.
Shore was drafted in the 40th round by the
Baltimore Orioles out of Palomar but chose
to accept a Division I scholarship to the
University of Oklahoma, where he was 10-5 as
a junior in 2010. He was the winning pitcher
in the championship games of both the Norman
Charlottesville Super Regional, beating
North Carolina and Virginia, respectively.
He started against Clemson in a winners'
bracket game in the College World Series and
shut out the Tigers on one hit over the
first three innings before Clemson came back
to beat the Sooners.
He missed part of his senior season at
Oklahoma with injuries but still was
selected in the 41st round of the 2011 draft
by the Seattle Mariners. He spent parts of
three seasons pitching in the Mariners' farm
Shore is the only player in Palomar history
ever to appear in both the Little League
World Series (for Oceanside American in
2001) and the College World Series.
Saladino goes 3-for-5, homers again,
is at .355
/ (7-21-2015) --
Palomar's Tyler Saladino homered for the second
straight game on Tuesday night as he went 3-for-5
with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs against the St. Louis
Saladino, the Chicago White Sox' starting
third baseman who turned 26 on Sunday,
slugged a two-run shot that landed deep in
the stands behind the leftfield fence in the
He'd singled for the Sox' first hit of the
night in the fourth and came around to score
as he ran his consecutive-game hit streak to
seven games. He also singled in the bottom
of the ninth after an "out" call was
reviewed on video.
With Tuesday night's performance, Saladino
raised his Major league batting average to
.355. He has a .630 slugging percentage.
Saladino's homer highlighted a three-run
inning as the White Sox pulled to within 8-5
after trailing the Cardinals 7-0 earlier in
the game. St. Louis won 8-5.
Saladino, the 2009 PCAC Player of the Year
for the Comets, slugged his
first Major League home run on Sunday, depositing
the ball over the leftfield wall at
U.S. Cellular Field for the Sox' only run in a 4-1
loss to the American League Central-leading Kansas
The Sox had an off-day on Monday, Saladino's
Saladino has started at third for the White Sox
since being called up from Triple-A on July 10,
playing almost flawless and often spectacularly
defensively. His offense has also been a big plus in
a batting order that sorely needs as much offense as
it can get. Manager Robin Ventura officially
confirmed Saladino as the Sox' everyday third
baseman before Sunday's game.
2-RUN HOME RUN
Saladino: .304 after 3-for-6 in split,
(7-17-2015 / 7-18-2015) --
Former Palomar standout Tyler Saladino went 3-for-6
on Friday as the Chicago White Sox split a day-night
doubleheader with the Kansas City Royals.
On Saturday, he was 2-for-7 in an 13-inning loss to
the American League Central leaders and will enter
Sunday's finale of the teams' three-game series at
U.S. Cellular Field hitting .304 in six games since
being called up from Triple A on July 10.
the 2009 Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the
Comets, went 2-for-4
in his national TV debut on MLB Network in Friday's
afternoon game, won by Kansas City 4-2.
Saladino used his bat control and speed to leave the
American League Central leaders standing flat-footed
with a bunt single between pitcher and third in the
bottom of the third inning. He added an
opposite-field single to right in the sixth. In
the night game, Saladino was 1-for-2 with another
infield single and a sacrifice bunt as Chicago won
On Saturday, he had base hits in in first two
at-bats. Saladino continues to play spectacular
defensively as the White Sox' starter at third base.
Saladino's 1st-inning triple ignites 5-1 Sox
/ 7-12-2015) --
In his second straight start playing third base and
batting second since being called up from Triple-A
on Friday morning, Palomar alum Tyler Saladino lined
a triple off Jon Lester over rightfielder Jorge
Soler's head Saturday.
In the process, the 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference Player of the Year drove in a run which
gave the visiting Chicago White Sox an early lead
over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Saladino's first Major League hit and first Major
league RBI put the Sox up 1-0 with none out in the
top of the first and he scored his first Major
League run when the next batter, Jose Abreau, drove
him in with a single to make it 2-0.
The White Sox went on to beat the Cubs for the
second straight day.
Then on Sunday, the last day before the All-Star break,
Saladino singled to rightfield in the top of the
fourth inning for one of the visiting White Sox' two
hits in a 3-1 loss to the Cubs.
The Sox won 2 of 3 games and the White Sox and Cubs
set an all-time Wrigley Field attendance record for
a three-game series of 126,283. On Sunday, the Cubs
issued revised attendance figures of 42,219, 42,236
and 41,828 for the three games, according to
Palomar alumnus Tyler Saladino was called up to the
Major Leagues by the Chicago White Sox on Friday and
and started at third base, batting second in the
order, in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at
Wrigley Field. -- Courtesy photo
White Sox call up Saladino, start him at
CHICAGO (7-10-2015) --
White Sox called up former Palomar shortstop Tyler
Saladeno from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday and
immediately installed him at third base, batting
second in the order, in a 1-0 win over the Chicago
Cubs before 41,580 fans at Wrigley Field.
Saladino has spent most of his minor league career
at shortstop and had big performances in his last
three appearances for the Charlotte Knights in the
International League before being called up. In
those three games, he drove in seven runs, slugged
a grand-slam home run and a solo homer and doubled
Saladino was third in the International League with
25 steals on 28 attempts through the first half of
He didn't know he was starting at third base Friday
until he walked into the clubhouse three hours
before the game, in which he went 0-for-3 but helped
turn a double play defensively.
"You're infusing a guy in
there who you know who can play over there (at
third)," White Sox manager Robin Ventura told Greg
Garno of MLB.com in a post on the Sox' web site.
"Offensively, you see what happens. Knowing him the
last few years, what he's done in the Minor Leagues,
even in Spring Training with us, you are comfortable
putting him over there that he can play and see what
it does to our offense.
"Tyler in the past has
played all over. He's played some outfield, first
base. He's done pretty much everything. So I'm
comfortable having him over there."
Saladino is the third
ex-Comet to play in the Major Leagues this year
(along with Nick Vincent, Padres, and Marcus Hatley,
Cardinals) and is the seventh Palomar product to
play for a MLB team in regular-season games.
Saladino was Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
Player of the Year his sophomore season at Palomar
in 2009 and was Summit League Player of the Year for
NCAA Division I Oral Roberts University as a
sophomore in 2010. The White Sox drafted him
in the seventh round after the season.
2015 Season ...
PC's Christy, McIver,
Afenir drafted, signed
SAN MARCOS (6-20-2015) --
Palomar products Francis Christy
(Arizona Diamondbacks, 7th round), Anthony McIver (Minnesota
Twins, 15th round) and Audie Afenir (New York Yankees, 25th
round) were selected in the First-Year Player Draft and
have signed and reported.
Christy was the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference Player of the Year, State Community College Player of
the Year, American Baseball Coaches Association Pacific
Association Player of the Year and ABCA National Community
College Player of the Year as the catcher for Palomar’s 2015
McIver was drafted out of the
University of San Diego after transferring from Palomar. Afenir
was drafted out of Oral Roberts University after transferring
Palomar catcher Francis Christy in
the state Final Four -- Photo by Philip Farry.
Christy wins National Player of Year award
SAN MARCOS (6-04-2015) --
With next week's 2015
First-Year Player Draft only days away, the honors for Palomar
sophomore catcher Francis Christy continue unabated.
Christy, an early University of Washington signee who was
previously selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player
of the Year, has been named ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award
National Co-Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches
He also was the catcher on the ABCA
Pacific Association first team and Pacific Association Player
of the Year. Palomar sophomore left-handed pitcher Jake Barnett,
like Christy a first-team All-California pick, made the Pacific
Association third team. Comet freshman outfielder Chase Grant
was selected to the Pacific Association Gold Glove team by the
Year Christy, Barnett 1st-team all-state
catcher Francis Christy, who tied for the state lead
with 11 home runs and was third in RBIs with 52, was
named California Community College Player of the
Year during the weekend’s Final Four.
was joined on the first team by sophomore
left hander and Palomar teammate Jake
(shown in photo by Philip Farry pitching in
the state winners' bracket finals against
eventual champion Orange Coast), has signed
with Lewis-Clark State of Lewiston, Idaho,
the premier team in the NAIA. (Lewis-Clark
State won its 17th NAIA World Series
championship in June).
had been recruited by Cal State Fullerton
and defending College World Series champion
Vanderbilt University, but would have had to
remain at Palomar an extra year to obtain
his A.A. degree.
were named second-team all-state and
first-team All-Southern California, freshman
left-handed pitcher Taylor Turski and
freshman shortstop Dylan Breault.
for third in state tournament
(5-24-2015, 5-25-2015) --
Palomar tournament host Fresno City College
7-3 behind Chase Grant’s four RBIs, stunning
a standing room-only crowd to begin the
CCCAA State Championship Final Four on
Saturday night at John Euless Ballpark.
Barnett lost a pitching duel to Art Vidrio
3-0 on Sunday afternoon and the Comets were
unable to completely recover as they lost
14-7 to San Joaquin under the lights Sunday
night and were eliminated. Orange Coast went
on to beat Delta 9-4 on Monday, going
undefeated in the double-elimination format
to claim its second straight state title.
had to “settle” for third in the state,
finishing its season 37-8. It was the first
time the Comets were shut out all season and
the first time they lost two straight games.
The Comets had entered the Final Four ranked
No. 2 in the nation while Delta was ranked
No. 1. Coast was unranked coming in.
Taylor’s Comets finished the year ranked
Cooper went 3-for-4 with two RBIs n the win
over Fresno, while Taylor Turski ran his
win-loss record to 8-0 by striking out five
batters over the first 6 2/3 innings. Graham
Gomez finished up with 2 1/3 shutout
the Comets a 3-0 lead with a bases-loaded
triple in the third inning, then scored on
Alec Salcedo’s squeeze bunt to make it 4-0.
Palomar continued on from there. (Grant is
pictured crossing the plate in a photo by
Orange Coast, Palomar wasted Barnett’s
pitching performance after blowing an
opportunity to get back in the game in the
sixth inning, when they loaded the bases
with two outs. The following batter, who
entered the game as a pinch-hitter, popped
up on the first pitch to strand all three
Player of the Year Francis Christy went
2-for-4 and Anthony Balderas was 2-for-3
against the Pirates. Vince Mori, Cooper and
Grant also hit safely.
jumped out 12-1 in the final game of the
tournament for Palomar, but the Comets
refused to give in and battled back to close
to within 12-7 with five runs in the fifth
inning and one more in the sixth. The latter
came on Christy’s 11th home run
of the year, which disappeared into the
night high over the rightfield wall to lead
off the inning.
Palomar could get no closer, leaving two
runners on base after Christy’s homer in the
seventh and again leading the bases loaded
in the eighth. The Mustangs added a pair of
late insurance runs.
left 14 runners on for the game and stranded
27 runners over three games.
game, Mori went 4-for-5 and Christy was
3-for-4 and walked twice, once
intentionally, to close out with five hits
in his last six at-bats in his final
appearance as a Comet. Cooper was 3-for-6,
finishing the tournament 7-for-12 over three
games. Salcedo was 3-for-5 in the game.
Chris Stratton added a pair of hits. Grant
singled to drive in a run.
pounded out 18 hits in the loss – but Delta
had 19 hits off four Comet pitchers.
It was the
Comets’ second appearance in the final Four.
They were runners-up in the state tournament
in 2005, when they needed one win the final
day to bring home the state championship but
lost back-to-back games to Santa Rosa, which
wrapped up the title.
BOX VS. FRESNO
| BOX VS. ORANGE COAST
| BOX VS. DELTA |
Player of Yr.; Taylor is Coach of Yr.
Francis Christy was selected as Palomar’s third
consecutive conference Player of the Year and Buck
Taylor was named Coach of the Year for the seventh
time in his 10 seasons as the Comets’ head coach at
the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference coaches’
selection meeting on Wednesday.
Five players from
Palomar’s No. 5 nationally-ranked and Southern
California Regionals top-seeded team receive
first-team recognition in balloting among conference
first-team selections are Christy, sophomore
left-handed pitcher Jake Barnett, freshman
left-handed pitcher Taylor Turski, sophomore
right-handed reliever Taylor Russell and freshman
shortstop Dylan Brauldt. Christy and Barnett are
repeat selections who also made the first team last
Kyle Montiel, who
moved on to pitch for Cal State San Marcos, and
Dylan Smith, now the starting rightfielder for San
Jose State, were PCAC Player of the Year selections
in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
honorable mention were freshman corner infielder
Niko Holm, sophomore outfielder Alec Salcedo,
sophomore third baseman Vince Mori, sophomore second
baseman Chris Stratton, sophomore utility player
Anthony Balderas, freshman right-handed pitcher Troy
Lamparello, sophomore right-handed reliever Rusty
Huber, sophomore left-handed reliever Graham Gomez
and freshman outfielder Joey Cooper.