More MLB All-Stars From California

There aren’t that many this time despite the hoopla surrounding leading vote getter Aaron Judge from Linden High and the New York Yankees, but here’s a list of the others besides him.

For more on Aaron Judge when he attended Linden, CLICK HERE.

Jason Vargas (Apple Valley)
He broke into the Major Leagues in 2005 with the Florida Marlins and played with the Mets, Mariners and Angels before going to the Royals in 2014 and winning a World Series in 2015. This is his first time being named an All-Star as he has gone 12-3 with a 2.22 ERA so far this season. Back in 2014,the school honored the 2000 Daily Press Baseball Athlete of the Year by retiring his number.

Nolan Arenado (El Toro, Lake Forest)
Named to his third all-star team this season, Nolan hit .517 with five home runs his senior season to earn a selection to our all-state first team. The last two seasons he has led the National League in both home runs and runs batted in and once again he has a chance to be among the leaders.

Giancarlo Stanton (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks)
Go ahead and compare him to Aaron Judge. He also starred in three sports at Notre Dame and was our 2006-07 State Athlete of the Year. He’s now a four-time All-Star and is now enjoying 13-year, $325 million contract he signed with the Marlins in 2014. He will defend last year’s Home Run Derby championship at home ballpark and Judge will be in it as well. The two California studs side-by-side.

Stephen Strasburg (West Hills, Santee)
It may be hard to believe but Strasburg was just 1-10 on the mound during his junior year at West Hills before setting school records in ERA and shutouts his senior season and being named the school’s 2006 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Not drafted out of high school, he later became the No. 1 overall pick. This is Stephen’s third All-Star Game.

Note: Justin Turner (Lakewood Mayfair) is part of the fan vote to determine the final NL roster spot. Mike Moustakas (Chatsworth) is part of the fan vote to determine final AL roster spot. Turner should be there with .382 batting average.

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