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June 9, 2013

Dodgers draft Bellinger's son in fourth round

By Dean Russin
The Daily Star

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Like father, like son.

Cody Bellinger followed in his dad's footsteps Friday as the son of Oneonta native Clay Bellinger was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft.

Cody Bellinger, who will turn 18 on July 13, went 124th overall as the Dodgers drafted the 6-foot-4 lefty out of Hamilton High in Arizona.

Cody Bellinger's scouting report on the website mlb.com describes him as a "lanky left-handed hitter with an easy swing. ... Some scouts compare him, especially his swing, to a young Adam LaRoche." The report also says he "has developed into a sweet-swinging first base prospect."

Clay Bellinger coached Cody during the 2007 Little League World Series. Cody Bellinger also pitches, occasionally hitting 90 mph with his fastball, and has verbally committed to play college baseball at Division I Oregon.

Clay Bellinger was selected in the second round of the 1989 draft by the San Francisco Giants. The 44th overall pick, Oneonta High graduate Clay Bellinger was drafted out of Rollins College in Florida.

Clay Bellinger went on to play 10 minor league seasons before making his major league debut with the New York Yankees on April 9, 1999. His major league career spanned four seasons, spending the first three with the Yankees. He also appeared in two games for the Anaheim Angels in 2002.

Utility player Clay Bellinger earned World Series rings with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000 and as a member of the Angels in 2002. He hit 12 home runs and batted .193 in the majors.

The draft also produced another pick with Oneonta ties as the Milwaukee Brewers selected 2012 Oneonta Outlaws outfielder Omar Garcia in the seventh round.

Garcia is a 5-9 right-handed center fielder from Miami Dade Community College South who earned a Rising Stars honor from the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League last season. Garcia, who will turn 20 on Aug. 1, was selected 212th overall.

The last day of the 40-round MLB draft is Saturday.

OHS players honored

Oneonta High seniors Chris Pindar and Zach King received All-Conference accolades from the Southern Tier Athletic Conference for the 2013 high school baseball season, OHS coach Joe Hughes announced Friday.

Outfielder Pindar broke Clay Bellinger's school record for single-season home runs this spring and batted .412. Pindar hit three of his seven homers — one more than Bellinger — in the Section Four Class B championship game against Waverly. Pindar is playing for the Oneonta Outlaws of the New York Collegiate Baseball League this summer and will be a member of the Oneonta State baseball team in the fall.

King finished with a .366 batting average as the Yellowjackets' top catcher. Hughes said King led the team in hits this spring. King is playing Legion baseball for Oneonta this summer and will attend Monroe Community College this fall.

The STAC also honored senior outfielder Jonathan Vega and junior pitcher Kragh Delello on its all-division teams. Vega batted .343 this spring, when right-handed pitcher Delello went 5-0 with a 1.46 ERA.

Pindar, King and Vega helped OHS to its first state championship in baseball in 2012, when the Jackets won the Class B state title.

OHS finished the 2013 season 14-7 after falling, 6-4, to Waverly in the sectional final at Union-Endicott.

Outlaws' opener rained out

The Oneonta Outlaws' New York Collegiate Baseball League season opener at the Sherrill Silversmiths was rained out Friday.

Outlaws general manager Steve Pindar, who is Chris' father, said via email that the game has been rescheduled for June 24 as part of a doubleheader that will begin at 2 p.m. Both games will be seven innings.

The Outlaws will play Sherrill at 7 p.m. Saturday at Damaschke Field in Oneonta.

Rain also postponed Friday's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League meeting between the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and the host Cooperstown Hawkeyes at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. That game has not been rescheduled yet.

The postponement marks the second straight for the Hawkeyes (1-0), whose game at the Adirondack Trail Blazers on Thursday was pushed into a July 27 doubleheader.

Saratoga has new team

Former Oneonta Outlaws co-owners Keith Rogers and Dan Scaring have started a new college summer baseball team in Saratoga.

The two now own the Saratoga Brigade, which will compete in the New England Collegiate Baseball League this season. Rogers and Scaring ran the Saratoga Phillies from 2004-2009, then moved the franchise to Damaschke Field to play as the Oneonta Outlaws in 2010 — months after the Oneonta Tigers of the Single-A New York-Penn League left for Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn.

Local businessman and Oneonta native Gary Laing completed a deal to purchase the Oneonta Outlaws' brand from Rogers and Scaring in December.

The Outlaws won the NYCBL championship in 2011 under Rogers and Scaring, who also won a league title with the Saratoga Phillies in 2006.

Dean Russin can be reached at drussin@thedailystar.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 215.