Kern County has a long history of producing Major League Baseball players.

There were former East High teammates Johnny Callison — the most valuable player of the 1964 All-Star game — and Billy Cowan, who hit 19 home runs for the Chicago Cubs that same season.

Then there was former North High and Bakersfield College pitcher George Culver, who tossed a no-hitter in 1968 and Arvin grad Junior Kennedy, who carved out a 7-year career as a second baseman that ended in 1983.

More recently, North and BC alum Colby Lewis carried that torch, winning a World Series game with the Rangers in 2010 to highlight 11 years in “The Show.”

With Lewis now retired, the question is now who will continue this legacy?

Here’s a look at 12 minor league players with local ties that opened the 2018 baseball season with dreams of getting their shot:

Minor leaguers with Kern County ties

Batting HR RBI  AVG H ABR  SB
Cael Brockmeyer (CSUB), C, Okla. City, AAA, Dodgers 0 0 .300 3 10 0
Art Charles (Ridgeview, BC), 1B, Yucatan (Mexico), AAA 2 12 .333 15 45 10 0
Ryan Grotjohn (CSUB), SS, Kane County (Ill.), A, D’backs 0 0 .111 1 9 1 0
K.C. Hobson (Stockdale), 1B, Richmond (Va.), AA, Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
Mylz Jones (CSUB), 3B, Hartford (Conn.), AA, Rockies 0 1 .304 7 23 2 0

Pitching  W-LERA  IPH  R ERBB  SO
Casey Bloomquist (BCHS), RHP, Eugene (Ore.), A, Cubs 0-0 7.50 6 8 5 5 2 8
Corbin Burnes (Centennial), RHP, Colo. Springs, AAA, Brewers 0-0 3.27 11 12 5 4 2 9
Austin Davis (CSUB), LHP, Lehigh Valley (Pa.), AAA, Phillies 0-1 3.60 5 4 2 1 5
Mickey Jannis (CSUB), RHP, Las Vegas, AAA, Mets 0-2 14.63 8 17 13 13 4 4
Justin Kelly (Stockdale, BC), LHP, Florida, A, Braves 1-0 0.00 2 0 0 0 2 2
Jarret Martin (Centennial, BC), LHP, Midland (Texas), AA, A’s 0-0 5.79 4.2 3 3 3 2 4
Grant Watson (Centennial), LHP, San Jose, A, Giants 0-0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0

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