June 11, 2013
Tellez among seven Cal-Hi state Mr. Baseball nominees

Elk Grove's Rowdy Tellez is one of seven Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year finalists.

Tellez, a first baseman, helped the Thundering Herd win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title this season. He hit .500 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs.

His 176 career RBIs is a Sac-Joaquin Section best and second all-time in Northern California to Lowell of San Francisco's Charlie Cutler. He had 203.

Tellez was selected in the 30th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in Saturday's Major League Baseball draft. He has signed a letter of intent with USC.

Other players to be nominated:

• Phil Bickford (Oak Christian-Westlake Village), Sr., pitcher: 12-1 with a 0.83 ERA while striking out 146 batters in 84.2 innings.

• Jack Flaherty (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood) Jr. pitcher. 13-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 89 innings.

• Jack Labosky (Clovis North, Fresno) Jr., pitcher: 11-0 with a 0.61 ERA; batted .437.

• Carlos Salazar (Kerman) Sr., pitcher: Gatorade State Player of the Year was 10-2 with a 0.09 ERA and .430 batting average.

• Dominic Smith (Serra, Gardena) Sr., first base-pitcher: .Batted 493 with seven home runs and 38 RBIs; 4-0 with 1.85 ERA.

• Michael Strem (St. Francis, Mountain View) Sr., pitcher: 11-1 with a 1.30 ERA, struck out 79 in 80.2 innings.

Previous Mr. Baseball winners include Walter Johnson, Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, Don Drysdale, Robin Yount, Rickey Henderson and El Camino's Derrek Lee.

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