Stockton, Calif. - As the 2012 Pacific baseball season enters its final month, six former Pacific baseball players have just completed the first month of the 2012 professional baseball season.
3B Chase Headley, a member of the Tigers in 2003, is in his sixth big league season with the San Diego Padres. In 25 games so far, Headley leads the team in home runs with four and runs batted in with 14. His RBI total ranks 16th in the National League.
The Padres' RHP Erik Hamren, who played for Pacific in 2006 and 2007, opened 2012 in Class AA San Antonio. Last season, Hamren appeared in 14 Major League games with San Diego, tossing 12.1 innings and posting a 1-0 record with a 4.38 ERA.
RHP Josh Schmidt, who spent 2004-05 at Pacific, signed in the off-season with the newly rechristened Miami Marlins organization. He is 1-0 on the season at Double-A Jacksonville, with a 1.29 ERA. In 14 innings pitched, he has struck out 14 batters. Previously, he had pitched in the New York Yankees organization.
Anthony Jackson, who played at Pacific from 2005-06 is in Double-A Chattanooga in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The 16th round pick in 2006 by the Colorado Rockies, Jackson has six hits in 13 games with a pair of doubles while playing left and center field.
A quartet of Tigers who wrapped up their careers in 2010 have opened the season in the minors.
OF Nick Longmire, a fifth-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2010 draft, was assigned to Palm Beach, the Cardinals high-A affiliate. In his first 84 at bats this season, Longmire has four doubles and a pair of home runs. He hit eight homers last season for Single-A Quad Cities.
Infielder Mike Walker is in high-A ball with Brevard County of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. In his first 25 games, the 2010 14th-round pick has a pair of home runs to go with two doubles and a triple. He hit .274 with 15 homers for Single-A Wisconsin last year.
Catcher Joe Oliveira opens 2012 with High-A Frederick of the Baltimore Orioles organization. Oliveira, a 15th-round draft choice, split 2011 between two Delmarva and Frederick, hitting .261 with 22 RBI in 48 games.
RHP Hunter Carnevale is in extended spring training with the New York Mets. Carnevale posted a 1.08 ERA in 12 games with Class A Brooklyn last season. He went 1-1 with a pair of saves, striking out 19.