Clipboard: Salinas’ Martorella preparing for MLB draft

For the second time in four years, former Salinas High and Cal first baseman Nathan Martorella expects to hear his name called in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.

The draft, which is scheduled for July 17-19 in Los Angeles during All-Star weekend, will have 20 rounds this year. The previous two years had been 15 rounds due to the pandemic.

The 21-year-old attained career milestones at Cal this past spring, hitting .333 with 11 home runs and 46 runs batted in over 55 games.

The left-handed power hitter excelled in the leadoff spot for the Bears, compiling a .424 on-base percentage with a team-high 76 hits while walking 34 times.

Martorella recently took part in the MLB combine for prospective draft picks. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 215-pounder has been projected by some scouts to go in the first 10 rounds.

As a senior at Salinas in 2019, Martorella was taken in the 30th round, when the draft was 40 rounds, by the Boston Red Sox.

Martorella, an All-Pac 12 selection last spring, does have the option of returning to Cal, where he has two years of eligibility left.

A member of The Herald’s All-County football and baseball teams as a senior, Martorella was The Herald’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2019.

It is possible that former Cal teammate and Palma pitcher Sam Stoutenborough could hear his name called as well for the second time.

The likeness is that Stoutenborough will return for his final collegiate season, having transferred to TCU, where he will pursue his master’s degree after graduating this past spring from Cal.

Adams earns spot in Junior Olympics

Clara Adams has earned a return trip to the Junior Olympics in track and field after qualifying in three events in the age 14-and-under division.

Competing for the Central Coast Cheetahs out of Salinas, the 13-year-old advanced at the AAU West Coast Nationals in Sparks, Nevada in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints.

Adams, who will be an eighth-grader this fall at John Gutierrez Middle School in Salinas, has career bests of 12.88 seconds in the 100, 25.39 in the 200 and 59.21 in the 400.

Coming off an ACL injury that sidelined her for most of the season, Adams took third in all three events at the AAU West Coast Nationals.

Adams, who won the 400 in her age division at last year’s Junior Olympics, has qualified for the event five times in her young career.

Her best mark in the 200, achieved as a 12-year-old last summer, would have placed second in this past year’s Central Coast Section finals.

Aldrete named Player of the Month

Monterey graduate Carter Aldrete was named the Northwest League Player of the Month for the San Francisco Giants’ High A affiliate in Eugene, Oregon.

Aldrete tore up pitching in June, hitting .326 for the Emeralds with six homers and 27 runs batted in. In 27 games, the 24-year-old first baseman had 31 hits, compiling a .381 on-base percentage.

On the season, Aldrete has already set a career-high for homers with 13, having driven in 46 runs while hitting .280 through the team’s first 66 games.

Aldrete, who spent nine games with the Giants in spring training, was a two-time member of The Herald’s All-County baseball team, and quarterbacked Monterey to an 8-3 season in football in 2014.

Carmel to host passing tournament

The final rehearsal before the start of the high school football season will be on display July 23 when Carmel hosts 17 other schools in a 7-on-7 passing tournament.

The annual event, which will be held at Carmel Middle School, will have timed games from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., with as many as eight games going on simultaneously.

Among the schools taking part include Palma, Salinas, Aptos, Christopher of Morgan Hill, Soquel, North Salinas and Milpitas, teams that all reached the postseason last year.

In addition, Mendota High, which ESPN did a documentary on in 2014, will make the trip from the SAC Joaquin Valley to the Monterey Peninsula.

Other local teams taking part include Monterey, Carmel, King City, Soledad, Greenfield, Monte Vista and Stevenson.

This is believed to be the largest field for the tournament since Carmel head coach Golden Anderson started the tournament a decade ago.

Coaches needed

Marina is looking for a varsity boys basketball coach for the 2022-23 school year. Apply at edjoin.org.

Pacific Grove is looking for a spirit squad/cheer coach, a co-ed JV water polo coach, a girl’s golf coach, a boy’s golf coach and a varsity boys wrestling coach. Go to https://www.pgusd.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Current-Opening/index.html

Salinas is looking for varsity head coaches in girls water polo, boys soccer, girls basketball and baseball for next season. Resumes should be sent to art.hunsdorfer@salinasuhsd.org.

Monterey City Amateur

Registration for the 72nd Monterey City Amateur golf tournament is underway. The event will be held July 29-31 at Del Monte Golf Course. Go to allenn@pebblebeach.com

Contributed by local news sources

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