Former Saint Mary’s standout Anthony Aliotti is the latest Gael to earn a well-deserved promotion through the baseball ranks after finding out Wednesday night that he’ll be joining Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, for the next stage of his pro career.
It’ll be a bit of a homecoming for the left-handed swinging first baseman. A native of Pittsburg, Calif. and a graduate of De La Salle High, Aliotti is now just a trip down Interstate 80 away from his ultimate goal of reaching the Major Leagues with the Athletics.
“It’s exciting,” Aliotti told MyWestTexas.com. “I live around there (Pittsburg, Calif.) so it’s nice to see some of the family and it’s going to be nice to play with some of the buddies I have at (Sacramento), and I’m just excited to get started up there.”
There’s no question Aliotti deserves the jump in class. A Texas League All-Star this season, Aliotti leaves Double-A Midland with a .350 batting average, 12 home runs and 51 RBIs. A three-year star at Saint Mary’s from 2007-09, Aliotti never finished a season in Moraga with a batting average lower than .300, finishing his college career with a .318 mark.
“Tony came in with a great attitude all year long and did what he needed to do,” Midland manager Aaron Nieckula said in the same story. “He finally gets a chance to go up to Triple-A and prove that he’s a good player in this organization and baseball.”
Aliotti is the second Gael in recent weeks to be promoted to Triple-A, as outfielder Kyle Jensen earned his own bump in the Miami Marlins organization and now plays for the New Orleans Zephyrs. Local fans’ first opportunity to see Aliotti in action will be next Monday, when the River Cats return home to host a four-game series with Colorado Springs.
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