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
|Cael Brockmeyer (CSUB), C, Okla. City, AAA, Dodgers||0||0||.300||3||10||1||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|
|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||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||0|