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From Bees to Leones ...

Locals made contributions at every level and seemingly everywhere.

November 16, 2010|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Dreams of becoming professional baseball players turned into reality for a handful of former area standouts who once excelled at the high school and junior college levels. From coast to coast, more than 10 of them played on minor league baseball teams.

Wherever they played, each did their best to make an impact for their respective teams — whether it was at the plate or in the field or on the mound.

Some encountered time spent on the disabled list, while others made it through their season without suffering a major injury.

Some helped their teams win division championships, while others competed on squads that finished at or near the bottom of the division.

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One former Crescenta Valley High star pitcher began the season in the minors before being called up by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to start and work out of the bullpen. A former Vaquero started the season in the minors before being called up to become the left-handed specialist out of the bullpen for the Washington Nationals.

The following wrap-up highlights the seasons that were for local products at various stages of their baseball careers.

Trevor Bell (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) Salt Lake Bees pitcher: Bell, a former All-Area Player of the Year, began the season with the Bees to hone his skills with the possibility of being called up by the Angels. Bell was taken in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and made his debut with the big-league team in 2009.

Looking to gain some more experience in the event of being summoned to Orange County, Bell flourished early on with the triple-A squad. For example, in a matchup against former American League Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee on April 25, Bell, coming off a left hamstring injury that disabled him for the first couple of weeks of the season, was sharp over 6 2/3 innings in limiting the Tacoma Rainiers to one run on six hits in a 4-1 victory.

Bell, a right-hander, made three starts, going 1-0 with a 2.04 earned-run average in 17 2/3 innings with Salt Lake. He struck out nine batters and walked three before being called up by the Angels on May 9.

After mostly working out of the bullpen and getting an occasional start, Bell was sent back to the Bees in early July. He made several appearances with Salt Lake before being brought back up by Anaheim and finishing the season as a starter and reliever.

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