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Locals climbing up minor league system

East Bay natives Anthony Aliotti and Robert Stephenson were rewarded this week for excellent seasons with their respective minor league baseball teams. They’re both heading back to California after earning promotions.

Aliotti, who attended Saint Mary’s College and De La Salle High, was promoted to the Oakland A’s Triple-A club, the Sacramento Rivercats, earlier today. The first baseman was crushing the ball the last few months in West Texas, putting up a stat line of .350 batting average, 12 homers and 51 RBI for the Midland RockHounds, a Double-A squad. The Pittsburg native was a Texas League All-Star. Here’s more on Aliotti’s promotion from Saint Mary’s College.

Stephenson, an Alhambra graduate, learned earlier this week of his promotion to the Bakersfield Blaze, the Cincinnati Reds’ Class-A Advanced team. The top pitching prospect in the Reds’ system, Stephenson was blowing through the Midwest League as a right-hander for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. His 2.57 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched made him a Midwest League All-Star, though he had to sit out of the game with a hamstring injury.  Stephenson expects to make his first start with the Blaze on Friday.

Stephanie Hammon