Whether it was at the major or minor league level, plenty of former area baseball players competed on professional diamonds not only across the United States, but in Canada and Mexico.
There were a number of story lines along the way, as the 2013 campaign saw former Glendale Community College and high school standouts making contributions in professional baseball.
It wasn't only on the field where stories were made, as off-the-field issues followed a handful of players throughout the year.
In Major League Baseball, starting pitchers Marco Estrada of the Milwaukee Brewers and Brandon McCarthy of the Arizona Diamondbacks spent significant time on the disabled list. When healthy, the duo enjoyed pockets of success, though the Brewers and Diamondbacks had their share of struggles and missed out on the postseason.
In the minors, Christian Bergman thrived with the Tulsa Drillers and was selected to participate in the Texas League All-Star Game and Alonzo Gonzalez helped the Vancouver Canadians win their third straight Northwest League title. Some players earned promotions in the minors, while another was taken in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft in June.