Hot Prospects

Bronco faces grace the bases of the MLB.

Three Santa Clara players are drafted by MLB.
In early July,, the website of Major League Baseball, tweeted that in his first 12 Minor League games, former SCU junior José Vizcaíno Jr. had hit “half the number of homers his dad amassed in 383 Minors games.” He’d hit two. Vizcaíno Jr., a star shortstop at Santa Clara, began his professional career in late June with the Salem-Keizer (Oregon) Volcanoes, a San Francisco Giants’ affiliate. He finished the season hitting .288 with six homers and 23 RBI. His power surprised baseball fans because his well-known father, José Vizcaíno, also an infielder, never hit more than five homers in his 17 years in the majors. Vizcaíno Jr. was a seventh-round pick (No. 216 overall) of the Giants. Also drafted from the Broncos this year: pitcher Reece Karalus ’16 (round 8, No. 238 overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays. Karalus went 2–1 with a 1.70 ERA and three saves in 19 appearances for the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Chicago Cubs picked a Santa Clara recruit, infielder John Cresto ’19, in round 18, but he opted to come to SCU rather than sign with the Cubs.

post-image Vizcaino Jr. slammed six homers. Photo courtesy of Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
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