Do You Know Who These Guys Are?

This summer we’ve been running a weekly feature on players from local high schools that have made it to the Major Leagues. Just about every school in the Mid-Valley News coverage area has been mentioned.

El Monte, Mountain View, Arcadia, Arroyo, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Alhambra, Temple City, Baldwin Park, and Duarte, all had representation. Younger schools like South El Monte and Gabrielino, you cut them some slack.

However, one area school that age wise excedes triple digits in years has never had one player advanced to the Major Leagues.

Monrovia High School has seen 9 of its alums play professionally, but as of yet none of them have crossed into the bigs.

In 1967 Jackie Adams was fifth round selection of the New York Mets (84th overall). Adams, a standout in football as well for the Wildcats, and made it as high as Double-A. An outfielder, Adams made stops in Marion, Mankato, Visalia, Raleigh-Durham, and Memphis in a career that lasted through 1972. His numbers: .228 batting average, 47 home runs, 142 RBIs.

Roger Rasmussen was drafted in the 23rd round by the San Francisco Giants in 1972. He played three seasons and compiled a 10-10 record in 21 starts and 35 games overall. A southpaw he made stops in Great Falls, Seattle, and Decatur in career that lasted through the 1974 season.

Andre Holmes was drafted in the 9th round by the Cleveland Indians in 1982. An outfielder, Holmes only saw very limited action with Batavia in the New York-Penn League between 1982 and 1983. He only had 12 plate appearances collecting one hit and one walk.

Bryan Warner was drafted in the 14th round by the Cleveland Indians in 1994. The previous year the Oakland A’s drafted Warner in the 40th round but he stayed at Glendale College and pegged by the Indians the following year.

Warner’s professional career lasted 14 seasons where he played outfield, first base, and saw time as a pitcher. A left hander he batted .305 in his career with 166 home runs and 891Rbis while making stops at Burlington, Columbus, Kinston, Rio Grande Valley, Salem, Duluth-Superior, and Lansing. He played for the Indians, Rockies, and White Sox organizations. He finished playing in 2007 for Lincoln in the Northern League.

Herman Dean was drafted in the 26th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2001 out of Citrus College. The Dodgers drafted Dean out of high school in 1998 in the 33rd round, but he did not sign.

Over the course of three seasons he played for the Gulf Coast Tigers, and Oneonta of the New York-Penn League. In 78 games he batted .192, with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

Tim Dorn was drafted in the 14th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2003 out of East Los Angeles College, he played through the 2008 season with the Mariners and Cardinals organizations. Originally, Dean was drafted the Tigers in the 21st round of the 2001 draft, but he didn’t sign.

At 6 feet 8 inches 245 pounds Dorn played first base and pitched briefly. His career batting average was .306 with 47 home runs and 170 RBIs as he made stops in Arizona (with the Mariners instructional squad), Pensacola, Quad Cities, and Southern Illinois.

Eddie McKiernan was drafted in the 17th round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2007. McKiernan, who led the Wildcats to a CIF title in 2006, has compiled a 39-37 record a professional pitcher. Converted in 2011 into a starting pitcher, the right hander was released by the Angels and quickly signed to play with Lincoln in the Independent League. After going 6-1 there, he was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks at the start of the summer. Currently he is 6-3 pitching for Visalia in the California League.

Currently he is the only Monrovia alumnus still active in professional baseball.

Note: Alums A.C. Grable and Eric Stephens though not drafted have played independent baseball.

Grable, who also played football for M-Town in 2000, played college baseball at Citrus and Mt. Sac and spent the 2010 season with Yuma, Florence, and Edmonton appearing 34 games, driving in 13 runs, with a .288 batting average.

Stephens, after playing college ball at East Los Angeles and then Cal State Fullerton, spent two seasons 2010 & 2011 with Washington in the independent Frontier League. His career batting average was .229 with 13 home runs, and 53 RBIs.

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