Saturday Aug 16 2008
Sierra Scoop: Renfree hits fast forward
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
Matt Renfree is suddenly one phone call away from Major League Baseball. The Placer High graduate joined the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate on Friday, just in time for a road trip to Sacramento. The Tacoma Rainiers began a four-game series with the River Cats Saturday night, allowing dozens of friends and family members to see Renfree play in person at the highest level of minor league baseball. The Rainiers, who play in the Pacific Coast League’s North division, put Renfree right to work. On Friday, the 6-8 right-hander pitched one inning in the Rainiers’ 10-3 win over Las Vegas in Tacoma. Renfree gave up three hits and one run in his inning of work. Renfree spent most of the summer with the Everett AquaSox in short-season single-A ball. He had an 0-1 record, but maintained an ERA of just 2.19 in 38 innings. He had 39 strikeouts and opposing batters hit just .209 off of him. Stay tuned for more on Renfree in the Journal this week. … Where’s Waldron? Golden Sierra’s top baseball product played in one of the country’s most prestigious leagues this summer, but his college baseball future appears to be unsettled. After a tremendous freshman season at the University of Pacific, Tyler Waldron stepped up his game again. The hard-throwing right-hander was invited to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League and turned in an impressive summer with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Waldron recently wrapped up his season in New England, where he played against some of the top college talent from all over the country. He went 1-2 with a 2.92 earned run average in 37 innings for the Red Sox, who missed the playoffs. Waldron also had 33 strikeouts and just 11 walks on the season. UOP sports information director Glen Sisk confirmed that Waldron will not be back in Stockton when school begins Aug. 25. He is likely transferring to another school, though Sisk could not confirm the details. Phone messages left for Waldron this week were not returned. Wherever Waldron ends up, his strong performance in the 114-year-old Cape Cod League is at least a good omen for the future. In 2007 there were 212 CCL alumni playing in Major League Baseball. Todd Mordhorst’s column runs Sundays in the Auburn Journal.