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CAL RIPKEN WORLD SERIES ALUMNI IN THE PROS

Many Major League Baseball players get their start on a Babe Ruth  League diamond.  There are several who participated in the prestigious Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series that have made it to the big leagues.

KOLTEN WONG – Hilo, Hawaii

 Kolten Double Photo

 

Kolten Kaha Wong (born October 10, 1990) is a second baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers He previously played for the St. Louis Cardinals and made his MLB debut in 2013.

To train as a baseball player, Wong spent two hours daily cutting trees with an axe to improve his strength and daily sessions in a batting cage. He participated in the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland where he led his team from the Pacific Southwest Region to the championship.

He is a two-time recipient of the National League Gold Glove Award (2019, 2020) and was named the 2014 National League Rookie of the Month. 

TREVOR GOTT - Southeast Lexington, Kentucky

Trevor

Trevor Vaughan Gott (born August 26, 1992) is a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants He played college baseball at the University of Kentucky.  The San Diego Padres drafted Gott in the sixth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. He made his MLB debut in 2015. Gott previously pitched for the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Nationals.  

Gott was born in Lexington, Kentucky.  He was a pitcher on the Southeast Lexington team that went to the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series in 2005. During one game in that series, he struck out nine batters in three innings.

JULIO CESAR URIAS ACOSTA  - Mexico

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Julio César Urías Acosta (born August 12, 1996) is a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers signed him in 2012, and he made his MLB debut in 2016.

Urías' primary pitch is a fastball with a typical velocity between 90 and 95 miles per hour, peaking at 97.  He also throws a low-80s changeup, curveball, and slider.  His curveball initially had primarily horizontal movement, resembling a slurve. During the 2016 season, he altered his grip to add vertical movement.  He began using the slider in 2015.  Urías is also known for his pick off move, leading the major leagues in his rookie season with six pickoffs.

He played with the Mexico national youth team that participated in the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series in 2008.

 

CHRISTIAN ISRAEL ARROYO - Wellswood, Florida

 

 Christian Double

 

Christian Israel Arroyo (born May 30, 1995) plays infield for the Boston Red Sox.   He previously played for the San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Cleveland Indians. 

Christian participated in the 2007 Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series. 

Arroyo was named Florida’s Class 5A Player of the Year in 2013 while playing for Hernando High School in Brooksville.  At the International Baseball Federation’s 18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea in 2012, he earned Most Valuable Player honors after batting .387 with 11 RBI in 13 games to help Team USA win gold.  

His mother raised him alone from age 2-12 and could be considered his first hitting coach, reading Ted Williams’ The Science of Hitting and attending local hitting clinics, as well as throwing him batting practice while pregnant in preparation for his U.S. National Team tryout.

 

MICHAEL JOHN GRAYDON SOROKA - Canada

Soroka

 

Michael John Graydon Soroka (born August 4, 1997) is a pitcher who has played for the Atlanta Braves since 2018.   A native of Calgary, Soroka graduated from Bishop Carroll High School He was drafted 28th overall by the Atlanta Braves in 2015, and he spent portions of four seasons in the minor leagues before being called up to the Braves.

Soroka was an All-Star in 2019, and he finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2020.  In 2020, he became the Braves' youngest Opening Day starter in the team's modern history,[ before an injury on August 3 ended his 2020 season.

He participated in the 2009 Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series.

KYLE DANIEL TUCKER 

Tucker 

Kyle Daniel Tucker (born January 17, 1997) plays outfield for the Houston Astros. The Astros selected Tucker with the fifth pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft, and he made his MLB debut in 2018.

Before signing with the Astros on June 15, 2015, Tucker had committed to attend the University of Florida on a baseball scholarship to play for the Florida Gators. 

He participated in the 2009 Cal Ripken Major/70World Series.

DOMINGO JUNIOR LEYBA SANTANA - Dominican Republic

 

Domingo 

Domingo Junior Leyba Santana (born September 11, 1995) in the Dominican Republic plays infield for the Baltimore Orioles.  He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Leyba was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an international free agent in July 2012. He made his professional debut in 2013 with the Dominican Summer League Tigers and spent the whole season there where he led the league with a .348 batting average in 57 games. He spent 2014 with the Connecticut Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps, hitting .323 with two home runs and 24 RBIs in 67 games.

He participated in the 2007 Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series.