Minor-league baseball 2011: A look at local players

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The greater Sacramento area has a few dozen baseball players in the minor leagues, and even a handful in the majors. Here is a look back at the 2011 season for the Roseville area’s minor-leaguers:

Eric Berger, Woodcreek (2004)

The left-hander’s performance at Double-A Akron earned him a promotion to Columbus, and he was rewarded with a Triple-A championship when the Clippers defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers 8-3 on Tuesday in Albuquerque, N.M. Berger, drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the eighth round in 2008 out of the University of Arizona, was 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA in 31 games with the Akron Aeros. He allowed 44 hits and struck out 67 in 57 innings. In 11 games with Columbus, Berger was 0-1 with a 10.05 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings.

Daniel Black, Woodcreek (2007)

The shortstop hit .280 with five home runs, 116 hits and 32 stolen bases in 120 games for the Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers, who won the Class-A South Atlantic League championship. Greensboro is an affiliate of the Florida Marlins, who selected Black in the 14th round of the 2010 draft out of Oklahoma University.

Hunter Carnevale, Granite Bay (2006)

The right-hander was 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 12 games and had 19 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets’ short-season A team in the New York-Penn League.

Preston Guilmet, Oakmont (2005)

The right-hander led the Carolina League with 35 saves and had a 2.16 ERA and an impressive 0.93 WHIP (walks and hits allowed per inning) in helping the Kinston Indians advance to the league finals. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth round in 2009 out of the University of Arizona, Guilmet pitched in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game before a few dozen family members and friends in June in Modesto. He continues to display impeccable control three years into his minor-league career after striking out 60 and allowing 43 hits and just 11 walks in 58 1/3 innings. Guilmet was 1-1 in 52 appearances. He’s now playing with the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.

Michael Marjama, Granite Bay (2007)

The catcher was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round in June out of Long Beach State and hit .221 in 24 games after being assigned to the Bristol White Sox in the Rookie Appalachian League.

Ryan Rieger, Woodcreek (2008)

The left-handed first baseman was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the seventh round in June out of College of Sequoias. He was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Marlins and went 6 for 10 in five games.

Daniel Wolford, Woodcreek (2006)

The right-handed reliever for the Dayton Dragons didn’t allow a run from June 9 to Aug. 31, one day shy of 12 weeks. That covered 22 appearances and 34 1/3 innings, during which time Wolford’s already-impressive 2.61 ERA plummeted to 1.24. He finished with a 7-1 record and 1.46 ERA in 43 games for the Class-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in the Midwest League. Wolford allowed one home run in 67 2/3 innings and recorded 76 strikeouts.